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Lisa
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March 22, 2008 - Mt. Rainier, Camp Muir
« on: 03/25/08, 10:40 AM »

Some friends and I headed to Rainier so 2 of them could get some altitude before they leave this week for the Haute Route to lavish in Euro Hut skiing and write a piece for Telemark Ski Magazine. 
As we pulled into the Paradise parking lot, I ran into Amar gearing up.  I introduced him and he joined us for our jaunt to Muir with hopes of skiing the Nisqually Chutes.

We toured up toward Panorama Point, the sun slowly baking the snow while the absence of wind and aroma of sunscreen had my mind drifting toward thoughts of summertime.
Above Panorama Point, the snow became the usual crust as we meandered through rocks covered in wind swept rime and snow. 

At roughly nine thousand feet, maybe sooner, the wind began its lashing. It did not let up.  I hunkered beneath my hood as I continued along, attempting to shade my cheeks from the numbing cold.
Once we reached Muir, we quickly snapped the obligatory photos, geared up and descended in hopes to warm up and find some relief from the wind further below. 
Crusty, breakable snow quickly became pockets of powder inducing smiles and shrills of joy. 
As we neared the top of the chutes we found crusty conditions and decided to forgo the chutes for another time. 

In Edith Creek Basin we passed a Denali prep course headed up the mountain for an 8 day excursion; one of the clients was a young woman.  I stopped for a moment watching them drudge slowly up the hill with their enormous packs, toting sleds.
As I began to ski again I heard my name and stopped to see a friend who was working the trip.  I asked him about the young woman and he said she was 16 and on the trip with her father.  I thought to myself, what a trooper she is. 
My ski partner and his girlfriend took a week off to enjoy some sunshine and climbing in J-Tree so I don’t have quite the quality photos that Victor is often able to capture. 


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Re: March 22, 2008 - Mt. Rainier, Camp Muir
« Reply #1 on: 03/25/08, 03:24 PM »

Thanks for posting the report, Lisa. It was nice to ski with you again, and have some company on what would have otherwise been a solo day for me.

It looks like we skied down just in time, the winds totally went nuts after that:

Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
Camp Muir, Mt Rainier National Park, Washington
Data also courtesy Mt Rainier National Park

Wind sensors unheated and may rime
Wind direction likely out

  MM/DD   Hour   Temp     RH   Wind   Wind   Wind   Wind
           PST      F      %    Min    Avg    Max    Dir
               10100' 10100' 10100' 10100' 10100' 10100'
--------------------------------------------------------
   3 22    500     15     58      0      0      0    353
   3 22    600     15     59      0      2      7    353
   3 22    700     17     56      4      7      9    353
   3 22    800     23     45      0      2      7    353
   3 22    900     18     72      0     10     18    353
   3 22   1000     19     71     12     15     19    353
   3 22   1100     19     74     12     15     21    353
   3 22   1200     19     70     13     18     23    353
   3 22   1300     19     64     15     23     34    353
   3 22   1400     18     49     32     35     40    353
   3 22   1500     18     35     33     41     50    353
   3 22   1600     18     46     35     46     57    353
   3 22   1700     19     49     40     47     53    353
   3 22   1800     18     59     40     47     55    353
   3 22   1900     16     64     43     52     59    353
   3 22   2000     17     53     46     53     59    353
   3 22   2100     16     77     48     58     68    353
   3 22   2200     17     73     53     61     71    353
   3 22   2300     16     75     55     67     79    353
   3 23      0     14     33     49     62     74    353
   3 23    100     13     40     49     65     79    353
   3 23    200     13     80     56     69     84    353
   3 23    300     13     94     54     70     87    353
   3 23    400     14     94     48     68     88    353
   3 23    500     15     96     45     62     79    353
   3 23    600     15     96     50     68     80    353
   3 23    700     16     95     56     70     86    353
   3 23    800     17     96     67     79     91    353
   3 23    900     18     96     69     85    100    353
   3 23   1000     17     96     82     90    104    353
   3 23   1100     17     96     79     95    110    353
   3 23   1200     17     96     83    101    118    353
   3 23   1300     17     95     86    109    131    353
   3 23   1400     14     94     74    100    111    353
   3 23   1500     15     94     41     79     98    353
   3 23   1600     12     93     51     82    106    353
   3 23   1700     10     93     51     79    101    353
   3 23   1800      7     91     38     64     83    353
   3 23   1900      1     88     34     55     83    353
   3 23   2000     -3     87     23     46     60    353
   3 23   2100     -1     87     18     32     54    353
   3 23   2200     -1     87     24     38     51    353
   3 23   2300     -2     87     10     24     35    353
   3 24      0     -2     86      5     21     46    353
   3 24    100     -3     86      4     15     29    353
   3 24    200     -4     86      8     17     28    353
   3 24    300     -4     85      3     11     22    353
   3 24    400     -4     85      1      5     14    353

The 131 mph gust is the highest recorded at Camp Muir this season, exceeding a 119 mph gust on November 12. But the anemometer has been frozen solid about half the days this winter, so higher winds may have gone unrecorded.

I hope those folks with the huge packs and sleds were well dug in, wherever they camped. I guess they got a real taste of Denali, right here in WA!


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