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May 10, 2007, Tooth/Pineapple Pass, Snoqualmie
« on: 05/11/07, 09:26 AM »

Last year I made a bit of a ski trip/ climbing trip to the Tooth mid-week. It was so much fun I thought I would do it again this week. Little did I know, it was the exact same day and time as last year, making me wonder if my whole existence is based on firmly established calendar.
Just like last year, I left downtown Bellevue at 1545, arrived at the upper Alpy lot at about 1640, while there I chatted with a couple of Europeans, who were drying their gear and lounging in the sun with a bottle of wine. I apologized for our lack of huts and refuges and they replied with "No worries we brought our own" and raised their glasses. Then, just before leaving the car, a party of 6 or 8 stomped out looking sunburned and sweaty. I left the cars at 1700 PM. I felt much faster than last year, at least in part due to a couple of other trips up that basin this last year, which gave me a better idea of the lay of the land.
 Snow was slightly pre-corn, heavy in spots and crusty in others, but generally good for skinning, although the skin track had just been stomped on by the cadre of climbers, which was enough to make me curse "Troglodytes!". The weather was quite warm, I climbed in a t-shirt and bandanna the whole time and never once thought of breaking out the gloves.
  I arrived at Pineapple pass at 1815, changed shoes and summited the South face 10 minutes later (at 1828). Returned to the ski boots by 1840, ten minutes later I donned the skis and arrived at the cars at 1905, a full 20 minutes faster than last year.
 While, I often like to ski casually and tour for different reasons, it felt good to really blow out the carbon and see what I am capable of from an athletic point of view. A great benchmark for the beginning of climbing season. I got back home in time for a leisurely dinner at a little neighborhood place with my GF.
 This might have to become an annual tradition.
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Re: May 10, 2007, Tooth/Pineapple Pass, Snoqualmie
« Reply #1 on: 05/11/07, 10:04 AM »

I can see that your training with the keg at the Crystal Fest had a direct bearing on your time improvement.   Wink
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Re: May 10, 2007, Tooth/Pineapple Pass, Snoqualmie
« Reply #2 on: 05/24/07, 08:35 PM »

jdclimber, what's your experience been with snow stability late in the afternoon up there, especially in the Pineapple Pass area?  I was up in the Chair Peak Basin last week and it was getting soft by mid-day.  Thinking about heading up tomorrow afternoon but it's going to be warm.  Thoughts?
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Re: May 10, 2007, Tooth/Pineapple Pass, Snoqualmie
« Reply #3 on: 05/24/07, 09:23 PM »

As I PMed you. It should be fairly mellow, the snowpack is pretty summerlike in that area.
Also the late afternoon sun does not hit that basin directly.
As always, play it safe and stay aware.
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