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April 9, Mt Saint Helens
« on: 04/10/17, 04:18 PM »

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mt St Helens was one of our first ski tours. What a difference 7 years make! This time, we skinned car-to-summit and skied summit-to-car. The first time, we booted it with our skis on our packs, we didn't even know what ski crampons were, and had $20 ski boots that resulted in a lot of pain. For the most part, ski crampons were not needed today, but definitely useful for the final 10 minutes of rime ice to the true summit.

Conditions were not the reported corn from the previous weekend. Instead, 2-6" powder, with 1" falling overnight while we were sleeping in the car. I had low expectations, thinking the new snow would be windboard or mush. Up high, the new snow had very slight wind effect (except the final 200'). Down low, wet fluff over a supportable base. A real treat top to bottom!

Despite almost losing my face on the 40-50mph wind summit, the following facts made this one of the more memorable ski trips: today was my birthday, new powder, great weather, and skiing a volcano right back to the car with no walking. A great return to a great mountain.

P.S. Follow the detour for 503 washout starting in Woodland.


Birthday boy on ascent

ice art

more ice art

approaching the true summit

deskinning in 50 mph wind

selfie in the wind

cornice making machine

Mt Adams says hi

Birthday party

TR: Chris
Pic: Radka & Chris
« Last Edit: 04/10/17, 04:28 PM by cchapin » Logged

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Re: April 9, Mt Saint Helens
« Reply #1 on: 04/10/17, 09:06 PM »

DARN IT!  I mean good on you guys betting the right hand.  I agonized over the decision to go up there yesterday but folded the Helen's hand and played Hood.  I thought the decision was the right one because the Palmer was a mixed bag of scoured, wind packed, and struguri.  Then we reached Zig Zag glacier and found a very stable ankle deep layer of light to slightly consolidated well bonded snow in the wide shallow veins of the glaciers face that skied really nicely.  Zig Zag was fun but thankfully it didn't dawn on me that day that I had folded the wrong hand but seeing your results leaves no doubt now.  Great pics BTW.  Were you guys alone up there?

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Re: April 9, Mt Saint Helens
« Reply #2 on: 04/10/17, 10:04 PM »

Love the "Deskinning in 50mph wind" pic!

No, I'm not a telephone solicitor.  I ski with my heels free.

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Re: April 9, Mt Saint Helens
« Reply #3 on: 04/11/17, 10:08 AM »

Probably 30-40 folks were on the mountain Sunday. A good split between sliders and climbers.

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Re: April 9, Mt Saint Helens
« Reply #4 on: 04/12/17, 02:08 PM »

Some road infoz for the curious

If you are visiting sites along FR90, (from south) take SR502 or (from north) Cedar Creek Rd.
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