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#1062600 - 03/26/12 05:47 PM [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012
danhelmstadter Offline
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Loc: pnw
Trip: Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge

Date: 3/25/2012

Trip Report:
I was looking forward to schlarping the fabulous powder that I had just skinned past on the White Salmon, but maybe, just maybe instead I would drop into a steep west facing line that I've eyed wistfully for years, the line is however quite exposed, steep, and windward... So my expectations of finding acceptable conditions were low.

I reached the col from the sunnyside where I could survey the said line, looking down on it my first thoughts were -- there's no way I'm going to ski this thing! but after some time of thoughtfully soaking up the fearsome view, I slowly weaned myself off comfortable thoughts of powder on the White Salmon and adjusted to the possibility of accepting commitment to the exposure below. I downclimbed the first few hundred feet to scope conditions, and was amazed and stoked to find mostly powder with just a few crusty sections here and there, I scampered back up to the top drunk off stoke.

The descent was awesome, favorite turns of the season for sure. Crossing under the seracs at the bottom was creepy, but over quick enough.








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#1062605 - 03/26/12 06:31 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
Feck Offline

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Registered: 11/08/00
Posts: 11160
TRs: 66 Photos: 858
Loc: Seattle, WA
Awesome as always Dan. tup
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#1062610 - 03/26/12 06:49 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
SeanO Offline
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Registered: 10/11/11
Posts: 117
TRs: 0 Photos: 1
Loc: Seattle, WA
Wow, makes me scared just looking at the pictures. Awesome, especially the pic of your ski tips in the air.

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#1062614 - 03/26/12 07:18 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: SeanO]
Woodcutter Offline
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Registered: 10/08/10
Posts: 140
TRs: 0 Photos: 22
I'd like to see that funny creature that makes the red circle footprints

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#1062623 - 03/26/12 08:23 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: Woodcutter]
JasonG Offline
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Registered: 10/12/00
Posts: 1648
TRs: 70 Photos: 960
Loc: Mount Vernon
Wow.
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#1062635 - 03/26/12 09:38 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
skykilo Offline
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Registered: 09/04/02
Posts: 1246
TRs: 25 Photos: 8
Loc: SF, NM
That's nutter, like ooooohhhhhhhhhh.

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#1062636 - 03/26/12 09:44 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
telemarker Offline
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Registered: 09/17/01
Posts: 1474
TRs: 65 Photos: 974
Loc: Wenatchee, WA U.S.A
The Shuksan legacy grows...Nice one Dan!
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#1062650 - 03/27/12 12:07 AM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: telemarker]
Atraslin Offline
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Registered: 05/21/09
Posts: 17
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Loc: North Vancouver,BC
Another day at the office for Dan. Looks like a wild line.

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#1062677 - 03/27/12 09:15 AM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: Atraslin]
Stefan Offline
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Registered: 04/16/01
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You have thoughts that say, "there's no way I'm going to ski this thing" ?

cmon! you aren't normal like all of us!

amazing what you do.
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#1062848 - 03/28/12 05:42 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: Stefan]
Dave7 Offline
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Registered: 03/09/11
Posts: 261
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Loc: New York
you guys make me miss the PNW more and more.... brew

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#1062868 - 03/28/12 08:23 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
banos Offline
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 142
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Loc: North Puget Sound
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#1062902 - 03/29/12 07:47 AM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
mountainsloth Offline
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Registered: 01/03/07
Posts: 736
TRs: 25 Photos: 568
Loc: Seatte, WA
Get this man a crown and dub him king of Shuksan!

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#1062913 - 03/29/12 08:51 AM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
Joe_Poulton Offline
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Registered: 04/12/01
Posts: 374
TRs: 1 Photos: 45
Loc: Vancouver, WA
Nice, windward seems like a good choice post the big trigger Mount Baker Ski Patrol did...looks like a great line!
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#1062960 - 03/29/12 12:49 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
SmilingWhiteKnuckles Offline
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Registered: 04/07/03
Posts: 133
TRs: 23 Photos: 1
Loc: Seattle, WA
Testy-shrink? Check.

Nice line and thanks as always for the inspiring reports, words, and vids!
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#1063273 - 04/01/12 09:47 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
Lowell_Skoog Offline
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Registered: 10/25/00
Posts: 2485
TRs: 3 Photos: 15
Loc: Seattle, WA
I've been wondering when somebody would ski this line. I found the following picture in my brother Carl's collection. I think he and his friends may have had their eyes on it a few years ago. I don't know if they ever made an attempt.

Congrats, that's a nice looking line.


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#1064070 - 04/09/12 02:09 PM Re: [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012 [Re: Lowell_Skoog]
Gaucho Argentino Offline
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Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 167
TRs: 12 Photos: 124
Loc: Seattle
Dan, do you have an idea how many degrees that slope close to the top is? Is it possible to ski overhanging powder? :-)

You have some big pelotas, amigo...
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