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August 31st, 2017, Diamond Peak, OR.
« on: 09/03/17, 07:42 PM »

Month 10 in TAY adjusted time.

We couldn't think of a more ridiculous place to take skies on the last day of August so we settled on the W/NW bowl of Diamond peak. Would there be snow that was safely accessible? We couldn't be sure so, just to be on the safe side, we took our fishing poles along with a pile of food and at least a bakers six pack of a tasty IPA. If we couldn't ski we'd just kick back and enjoy the high lake country and look for a trout.

A short hike in before dark and we settled in fairly early at a well used campsite on Corrigan Lake. We were up with the sun but lounged around for a  bit before packing up the skies and starting off towards the saddle in the west ridge we needed to gain to access the W/NW bowl.

No matter what route you choose to climb Diamond it starts off as a pleasant stroll through old growth.

The boulders however, also start early.

An occasional staircase presents itself.

Once you gain the west ridge there's still a bit of boulder hopping to do.

After some shenanigans we topped the terminal moraine we were headed for and were pleased to discover that we hadn't carried our skies in vain. A quick transition to crampons and we started up the snowfield.

Perfect climbing conditions for my partners first snow climb.

It was late in the day but we decided we still had time to try and tag the summit. Everything was going fine until we got to the short class four section 200 ft below the summit on the west ridge. I had conveniently "forgotten" to tell him about the exposure and upon seeing it John decided that he'd rather not do anymore exposed scrambling in ski boots as we were, after all, just here for the turns.  We bailed  Smiley

And a glorious bailing it was. The snow had firmed just slightly since we climbed and it was more than a little suncupped, but it was still deliciously edgeable and far better than either of us had the right to expect when we left the car.

The first transition back to trudging was a short one and while John made his way back into his skies I made a short climb to gain a few more woohoos. That ended with, of course, more boulder hopping and scree skiing up, over and down yet another moraine.

 Once on the other side of the moraine I made my way to the top of a small patch of sweet corn to see how many turns I could squeeze out. The official count was 16 according to the judges.

By the time we made it back over the West ridge the shadows were getting long so we took a nice lengthy break, refueled and broke out the headlamps for the tedious walk back down to Corrigan lake in the dark.

We briefly discussed doing it all over again the next day and getting September out of the way but eventually decided that a day of lounging and fishing sounded more fun than abusing our selves and our gear in that boulder field again. I fished a quick loop around the lake the following morning and decided there isn't a fish in that sterile pond.

Bears however, are another story entirely.

We laid around until mid day and then packed up to head back to the car and then onto another lake with actual fish in it. We found a couple not far away and spent the rest of the afternoon getting our lines wet. We even managed to pull a couple out before I ran out of beer and we headed back to the car for the scenic drive out.

As we followed the washboarded, winding road back to civilization, the sun was setting and the moon was already high in the sky. Despite the sore muscles and a little bit of sunburn we were already discussing where we'd be dragging out skis to in September.

Happy turns Smiley


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Re: August 31st, 2017, Diamond Peak, OR.
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