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

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
07/17/18, 04:21 AM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
Trip Reports Sponsor
Second Ascent
Second Ascent
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.
Info Exchange

NWAC Avalanche
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2007 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  May 2007 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  Vesper, May 28, 2007
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: Vesper, May 28, 2007  (Read 1627 times)

Posts: 160

Vesper, May 28, 2007
« on: 05/29/07, 08:50 AM »

John, Craig, and I met up in Granite Falls around 7 then drove up the Mountain Loop Hwy in heavy mist. We could only hope the forecast for clearing would come true, but we knew that this area can be socked in when everywhere else is clear, so we didn't count on it. The river crossing was easy and the hike and climb up was kept cool by the clouds. The fog at Headlee pass was beautiful. The gully to the pass is filled in nicely with soft snow that made for easy step kicking - could have left the axes and whipits behind.

We kept climbing up into the clouds to the summit, where we hung out for a couple hours waiting in vein for the clouds to part for our ski down the west face (which we had been eyeing from Pilchuck for many years). We finally headed down into the white-out but lucked out to ski under it and had a nice run down to tree line. Climbing back up the mushy snow started out hot and humid, but the wind up higher cooled us nicely, and the Pabst stashed on the summit wet our whistles for the run back down to Headlee. The snow was a bit wet and slow, but still fun. The gully from Headlee was a bit lumpy, but soft and easy, then Wirtz Basin was a cruise. Of course it cleared nicely as we hiked out of the basin back down the trail.

* Vesper-ski-4.jpg (95.05 KB, 800x600 - viewed 436 times.)
« Last Edit: 05/31/07, 11:57 AM by jd » 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

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.