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Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn June 11,2006
« on: 06/12/06, 06:13 PM »

Chinook to Crystal has always been on my list of to do tours.
Mark and I started by leaving a car at Crystal and starting from Chinook.
Saw the Scotsman, his wife and lisa at the starting gate.
The snow was really quite nice, and as reported before- clear skys turned to rain 1/3 of the way into the tour. At least the visibility was good.
8.25 miles traveled 5051 up and 6802 downhill at least according to GPS readings.
The tour was a Summits and Chutes tour.
We decided that the snow is not very skicky if the chutes were steep enough.
We only donned the skins a couple times, mostly boot pack and walking with sticky ski bases up vertical.
The highlight of the tour was the chute in the center of this picture that went to Sheep Lake.

We were not sure the chute would go from the summit since you could only see 1/2 way down and scattered boulders all over the bottom. But after much debate and booming overhead thunder to get you really jazzed, I commited and slid into the hole. Nothing like the safe feeling of wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. There was much relief when we saw the chute connected.

Finished up with a couple more chutes before chair 4 ski and walkout .
Saw nobody from Chinook Pass over, saw a couple of recent tracks around Morse Creek.

This is a fun traverse with many things to see.
I saw my first Indian Paintbrush and Phlox of the season, a herd of mountain goats and finally 1st decent for me down Shepard's Chute.

Joe


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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #1 on: 06/12/06, 07:51 PM »

Nice trip.  I have usually done the traverse in late April or May, so it was encouraging to see the amount of snow around Shepards. Thanks for the GPS info.
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #2 on: 06/12/06, 07:56 PM »

Way to go!  That's one of my favorite lines.  We call that mountain "Peak 69" and we've tossed around a few names for that couloir (another story).  Good seeing you again this spring!

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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #3 on: 06/13/06, 10:37 AM »

wow that looked like fun Smiley
how long did that take?
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #4 on: 06/13/06, 10:47 AM »

Nice job Mark and Joe. Grin
Thanks for being patent with my husky who would have followed you all the way if he could have. Cheesy

Alisa, my wife Pam and I had a great day at the pass .I was very proud of my wife as that was her first day of steep skinning  which she handled very well thanks to Alisa's gentle teaching. She told me to piss off. Why is that guys can't teach their wives driving or skiing?

Nice chute and congrats on your ballsy descent.
The Scotsman.
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #5 on: 06/13/06, 02:14 PM »

how long did that take?
Counting the 1/4 mile detour to a chute that had to big a cornice to even sneeze. 7 Plus hours, no race that's for sure.

Way to go! That's one of my favorite lines.
Good seeing you again this spring!
Also, good seeing you and Gib this spring. Great to catch up.
I have been closed out of doing that line for a couple trips due to one reason or another.
Those other days may have been a safer (more coverage) ski than our decent.
The new locals are calling this Shepard's Chute, so I have just gone along with them since I do not have a better name and Puckers has been taken.

Why is that guys can't teach their wives driving or skiing?
Some things we will never know.
We were kicking our selves for not giving you the keys to the truck and having you drive it to the CM access road on your way home. Every time I would say, "Man, that would have been nice if Chris..."
Mark would say don't even bring it up.
Joe
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #6 on: 06/13/06, 03:29 PM »

 Sorry Joe. Didn't even think about that Embarrassed. That would have been a great idea and saved you a lot of trouble.  Sad
That's what happens when a bunch of fools like us get on the snow, only thing on our brains is " got to get some turns, got to beat him to the top/I like my orange ski boots/I'm thirsty/got to get some turns/my tan is coming along/got to get some turns/I think I look good in these sunglasses/ wish they would put a chair up here/ can't stop or she'll think I'm soft " etc, etc.
There is no intelligent thought going on just a stream of garbage.

Next time.
 Grin
 
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn
« Reply #7 on: 06/13/06, 04:22 PM »

Ive rode out there quite a few times this winter and on one ocassion I was out there with a few ski Patrolers and they told us it was the smoka chute andways here is a pic of it in mid season
http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/4179/smoka5jp.jpg glad to see the line is still doable I assembled a group to do it a few weekends ago from chinook but the traverse was to dangerous with wet slides
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn June 11,2
« Reply #8 on: 06/13/06, 04:56 PM »

Teter you take some nice pictures.
I like the hang fire right below the cornices on "Smoka, Shepard's, Chute 69"
Good work with the camera.
When was that taken? Must have been a good snow year based on the lower cliff coverage.
Oh..Bring a rope if you plan to do that chute this year, I think that inch of rain yesterday  may have taken it out in the midsection. The one skiers right may still be a do-er.
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn June 11,2006
« Reply #9 on: 06/13/06, 05:51 PM »

Joe - stream of garbage aside - Chris and I could work a car shuttle with you all at Shasta next month to make up for it.
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Re: Chinook Pass traverse to Crystal Mtn June 11,2006
« Reply #10 on: 06/14/06, 10:20 AM »

Cool trip Joe and Mark!  Glad the chute near Sheep Lake was continuously skiable  Cool
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