Mt Logan-Banded Glacier Date of Climb:
4/23/2006 Trip Report:
Last weekend, a band of eight ruffians hell-bent on personal destruction went to ski Mt Logan's Banded Glacier.
The approach is very long. At least it is a nice hike through old growth the whole way. Beautiful views really help, Thunder Creek and Fisher Creek being gems in the Cascadian cache of beautiful glacier-fed creeks, but nevertheless the hike is long with skis on pack. Shoulder check.Bear track by Fisher CreekJosh skis along Fisher Creek.
For this reason we were very thankful to be able to skin only a mile from Junction Camp. For those in the know, excitement grew to epic proportions with the realization that the steep forest from Fisher Creek Trail to the 5,200' lake was fully skiable. Finding a beautiful hole in the snowpack for water at the outlet of the lake completed the coup.
Sunday saw the derelicts leaving camp at half past two in the morning, climbing to the nameless glacier and the notch to the Banded. I'll bet John Roper gave that glacier a name. Did ya doc? The skiing crux of the trip was skiing steep, frozen south-facing slopes in the dark before dawn to get to the Banded.
Booting up the glacier, we were hoping to see snow from close to the summit as we rounded the saddle between the Douglas and Banded Glaciers. There was plenty snow on the south-facing ridge all the way to a false summit only 20-30 ' short of the true summit.
As yours truly didn't like his first attempted route to descend from the false summit toward the summit, there was some climber vs. ski mountaineer smack-talk in the background. My second route was fine and it was spicy fun gaining the summit on exposed, snow-covered class 3 rock. I tip my hat to Pete, Cascadian hardman who proved his superior stupidity by firing the route I abandoned. Now go climb more winter routes so I can ski one and talk some shit!!! <img src="/threadz/images/graemlins/cantfocus.gif" alt="" />View from the summit. Eric is about to join me. Skis and skiers are visible on the false summit from which we skied.
We enjoyed three beautiful descents. The Banded had good powder and entertaining slabs...Casey hunts slabs on the Banded Glacier.
The descent from the notch to camp was twenty-two-hundred feet of goodness. The top was a few inches of fast, dry powder over a crust. By the bottom it had transitioned to creamy corn without ever getting nasty between the two. Get nasty.
The top bit of skiing the woods was more creamy corn through rolling cliffs and tight trees. Hu-ah! Pure survival skiing by the time we reached Fisher Creek, but better than booting.
Time to go. Now get to hiking! Gear Notes:
Gear is kinky. Approach Notes:
Recreational drugs help.