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 1   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / 7/14/2019, Bagley Lakes Insanity  on: 07/17/19, 08:09 PM 
Started by Donnelly_M | Last post by Donnelly_M
The snow patches near Bagley Lakes provided up to 400 vertical feet of skiing/riding. Keep in mind, this is more vertical than some resorts have out in the mid west during the middle of winter!

https://youtu.be/i8YxlMjulT4
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 2   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 05:25 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by Lowell_Skoog
Wow awesome video Lowell.would love to see the 33 min. Version...so are they using kick wax or skins...looks like pretty good glide and grip.

The Hesseys were expert waxers.
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 3   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 03:37 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by rlsg
Wow awesome video Lowell.would love to see the 33 min. Version...so are they using kick wax or skins...looks like pretty good glide and grip.
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 4   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 02:23 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by Lowell_Skoog
Also noteworthy that the ridge north of Chiwawa's summit was known as "Hanging Glacier Peak" to the Hesseys when they skied here in the 1950s. No glacier on that peak anymore.

A short film clip can be viewed here:

http://www.alpenglow.org/mountaineers-history/notes/movie/hessey-1956-skiing-cascwild.html
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 5   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 02:06 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by Lowell_Skoog
Here's that older picture, apparently taken in autumn. I think it was taken around 1900.



To my eye, it appears that there's a good connection between the upper and lower glacier, which would enable the glacier below the firn line to survive. That's been gone for a long time, it seems.
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 6   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 01:56 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by Lowell_Skoog
Gosh, you could water-ski on that thing.
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 7   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 01:50 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by NH-S
Here's the full extent of the lake from the same day. A quick glassing of it on Google Earth has me guessing the lake is 2000' in length now?
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 8   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 01:36 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by Lowell_Skoog
I have several historic glacier photos that were forwarded to me by Mauri Pelto, head of the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project. (The photos have been added to the Mountaineers Archives.)

It's interesting to note that significant recession of the Lyman Glacier had already occurred before 1940. I think it reflected the passing of the "Little Ice Age" that ended in the 1800s. But things seem to have accelerated since then.



This picture from J.B. Richardson was taken around 1940, and while the ice is certainly thinner in my 1980 photo, the lake in my pictures is only a little bigger than it was in 1940. Based on the photo from NH-S, the lake seems much bigger now.

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Also interesting that even in 1940, the connection between the lower glacier (near the lake) and the upper glacier (reaching just below the summit of Chiwawa) was tenuous, almost non-existent. You have to go back to around 1900 to find pictures that show a good solid connection between the upper and lower glacier. (I have one of those.)

It's likely that the lower glacier has been doomed ever since that connection was lost. Sad to see it disappearing in our lifetimes.

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 9   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / July 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: July 6-7, 2019, Spider Meadows  on: 07/17/19, 01:20 PM 
Started by mikerolfs | Last post by Snowboy
Sweet trip report and pics. Glad to see you guys getting it in July

Sad to see how the glacier has receded in recent years. Cool that members of this community have such great photos for reference.

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 10   Hot Air / Lift-accessed Skiing Reports: non-backcountry / Re: 6/15/19, Beartooth Basin, WY-Different and Fun!  on: 07/16/19, 10:05 PM 
Started by artfreeman | Last post by weaver
Back to Beartooth for a July 2019 check in.  This time in a car and a better chance to pull over, see and take pics of the incredible scenery and talk to other travelers and be protected from intermittent wind gusts and hail.. 

The poma lift was closed after a short 4 week season wrapped up; skiers and boarders were riding the Gardner (Gardiner?) headwall.

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