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Kenji
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July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« on: 07/07/17, 03:23 PM »

If you are planning to ski Spray/Russell this weekend, be prepared for long hike. At this point, the snow coverage is about the same as the last year.  Russell glacier still has a solid cover but with runnels, Spray Park is very spotty below the cat-eye lake.

Russell coverage:


Good luck connecting dots:


I hiked over knapsack Pass both direction:
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Norseman
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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 07/09/17, 08:42 PM »

Today I was able to ski down to 5800' in Spray park with two ~50' carries and two ~6' grass scoots. The dots connect in the usual places if one tries.
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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #2 on: 07/10/17, 11:12 AM »

Nice pics, good beta.
On Sat. we got only about half a dozen turns down from Knapsak Pass.  Camped. 
Be prepared to walk most of the way up to below Feltt Gl, the snow fingers are melting *fast*
Still the Russel and Feltt are in good enough shape (suncups can oft be avoided, not *too* dirty yet) that it is worth the trip in.
On the wk-end we did contend w/ about a mile of cars parked along the road before Mowich Lk.
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El Destructor
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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #3 on: 07/10/17, 02:02 PM »

Thanks for the info and photos!

Any chance you have more detailed/zoomed in photos of the mowich face or the edmunds glacier->headwall?
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Kenji
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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #4 on: 07/10/17, 03:49 PM »

...more detailed/zoomed in photos of the mowich face or the edmunds glacier->headwall?

Maybe these?







You can browse here.
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kamtron
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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #5 on: 07/10/17, 04:05 PM »

What you cannot see in these photos is the (apparently) wall-to-wall bergschrund below the Edmunds headwall nor the full extent of the one on Central Mowich.
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El Destructor
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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #6 on: 07/10/17, 04:25 PM »

those are great, thank you much!





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Re: July 6, 2017, MRNP, Russell Glacier
« Reply #7 on: 07/17/17, 04:38 PM »

What you cannot see in these photos is the (apparently) wall-to-wall bergschrund below the Edmunds headwall nor the full extent of the one on Central Mowich.

Routes that depend on seasonal mid-elevation snowpack to cover very difficult features are in dire straits on Rainier. Back in May I couldn't see a way from the top of Gib Rock down into the upper Ingraham basin due to a similar large crevasse that I've never seen that exposed in May.
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