telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
08/23/19, 02:53 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2006 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  December 2006 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  december 29-30, 2006 Silverstar
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: december 29-30, 2006 Silverstar  (Read 2560 times)
Eli3
Member
Offline

Posts: 188


WWW
december 29-30, 2006 Silverstar
« on: 12/31/06, 05:14 PM »

After more than a few bottomless pow days at stevens' pass, and decreasing avy danger, snoslut and I opted to go for a bigger line.  With its protected north facing slopes, we hoped that silverstar would harbor worthy conditions.  And so, we headed over to the east side.  We got about 6 miles east of silverstar creek on 20 when we discovered that the road is not plowed all the way...  On with the skins.  We were only passed by one group of snowmobiles, so the skin up the road wasn't that bad.  We got to the creek about one, and started breaking trail up the silverstar drainage.  Travel was slow with overnight packs and deep pow, so we arrived at the end of the valley (where we camped) around 5:30, finishing our skin by moonlight.  The next morning was very, very cold - my thermometer on the altimeter registered 10 degrees, which was right next to my body.  We got off to a late start under clear skies around 8:30, and started breaking trail up the mountain.  The snow was very good up to about 7,000 feet, at which point it became very wind affected.  We continued up to three gullies, and found a pretty safe way up - there was a lump on the side of one that was only 25 degrees or so.  About halfway up the gulley, we had reached our turn around time of 1pm.  We had enough food for another night, but even in the gulley, there was a wind crust, so down it was.  We dug a pit in the meanwhile, and conditions seemed stable - consolidated snow with a few inches of pow on top, with a inch or so windcrust on top.  The trip down was fantastic - we managed to stay out of the wind crust, and even got a few face shots.  The trip down to the road was also good - the snow was awesome in the woods.  I managed to slide about halfway down the road, but eric had some trouble due to the low aspect and had to skin.  At the car by 5:30 and home by 10!

My camera battery did not work at all in the cold, but I think eric has some pics, the weather was beautiful.
Logged
Tony_Bentley
5Member
Offline

Posts: 77


WWW
Re: december 29-30, 2006 Silverstar
« Reply #1 on: 01/01/07, 01:41 PM »

Keep your battery in your inside pocket close to your core and only put it in when you are ready to shoot. I have the same problems in cold weather.

Nice job. Brrrrrrr!
Logged
bc_skier
Member
Offline

Posts: 102


WWW
Re: december 29-30, 2006 Silverstar
« Reply #2 on: 01/01/07, 02:17 PM »

Tony is right, your digital camera will stop working due to the battery getting cold, not the camera it self. 

Keeping your battery in a inside pocket will cure your problem...or what I do is carry an extra battery in an inside pocket, then I am still able to use my camera until it fails with out having to load the battery every time I want to take a photo.  Then...when the first battery fails, I replace the cold one with the warm battery and continue shooting.

The cold battery will usually warm up enough to use it again once the second battery fails.
Logged
Boot
Member
Offline

Posts: 324


Re: december 29-30, 2006 Silverstar
« Reply #3 on: 01/01/07, 03:30 PM »

I found that keeping the camera (out of the case) in my pant pocket next to quads is the warmest spot and have had no problems since.  That way you don't have to hassle with putting the battery in and out, or risk dropping it!
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.