Shuksan - Variation to Hanging Glacier & North FaceDate:
The other day Drew Tabke and I skied a variation of the Hanging Glacier on the Shukhorn off the north shoulder. Weather was mostly cloudy but provided a few key windows which we patiently waited for, the snow conditions had been breakable crust for most of the morning, but softened up just enough for the crust to dissolve when we skied. The upper face was steep and very fun. We quickly skied the lookers left exit, which was a little scary because of the ice cliff above.
The next day I skied the North Face solo. I hadn't intended to ski that day, but the allure of cold temps and blue morning skies proved irresistible. I found firm windpack on the steep entrance option (skiers right), and weak breakable crust for the mid portion, soft snow on the lower. The lower face is the most filled in that I've seen it, and I skied hugging skiers left, which is usually seracs.
Our route (picture taken from my hg descent 5/4/11)
Entering the knar exit
The North Face, my tracks should be visible on upper portion.