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  1. Good ski objectives near West Glacier NP?

    The Rocky Mountaineers out of Missoula and the Glacier Mountaineering Society (Kalispell/Whitefish) do some winter trips up there. Rocky Mountaineers has a Facebook group you can try for info - I know one of their regulars (Forest Dean) does a lot of ski mountaineering in the park! Sadly I've only been skiing in the park on the east side... in October!
  2. Mt Adams for first AT trip

    The OP said he wasn't worried about routefinding or whiteouts - not sure why anyone thinks Muir is "better;" (>5K elevation gain, same quality snow, just as many people) you have just as much of a chance of getting lost/falling in a crevasse there as you do on Adams. As far as post-July skiing on Adams, yes, it's terrible, but it's STILL BETTER than NOT SKIING. I've skied from the summit in August, meandering through bathtub-sized suncups and avoiding the nearly 3-feet-deep butt TRENCHES formed by the glissade crews. Still had a great time. And? I didn't have to battle Rando-bros! Sure, I had to hike with my skis all the way to the bottom of Crescent, but I've never had a bad day on my sticks. A lot of posters on here are part of the Turns-All-Year crew, and I naysay anyone who naysays skiing in the summer. A bluebird July day could arguably be considered a better time to ski Adams than a potentially bad-weather day in May, especially if you're not familiar with the gear. (It's hard to work your bindings if your hands are frozen bricks!) Pro tip: The later you go, the more likely you'll need crampons / ice ax / whippets up high. Anyway, my two cents! We all know you're going to do what you want, regardless of what we say here. Come back and post about your experience once you do! Bonus? There won't be any lack of rental equipment available!
  3. On my only summit of Long's Peak, CO via the Kiener's Route (Grade II, 5.4) , following the awesome foot-wide ledge traverse of Broadway (with a 800 feet of air below you), I led a 4th class pitch just past the gully to the start of the only "climb" on the route (the 5.4 section). I spotted a slinged chock-stone about 60 feet up. Sandbag. Sucker bait. The chockstone was loose and scary as hell. I downclimbed to the ledge below, looking to lower off, my only option leaving one of my BRAND NEW camalots - so fuck it, I decided to push the chimney over the chockstone. Then we dealt with getting our bags stuck several times during the haul. Then, my partner in over-kill plastic boots could barely do the chimney. It took us several hours. It was something like 100 feet. While I was belaying him up the last few feet, a group of 5 people cruised right past... ropeless.... Turns out we took the first chimney, wheras the route description clearly indicated the SECOND (or middle) chimney!! Then, right as we finally made the summit, a lightning bolt struck the adjacent peak and it began pouring rain. Imagine our delight sliding on our asses down the now-smooth rock on the Keystone route! Scary as hell and we would've been off the climb save for getting sandbagged in the wrong chimney... LOOK AROUND THE CORNER!! Dude!
  4. Mt Adams for first AT trip

    I think it's a great idea for a first trip, considering the caveats above... July is too late... best snow is when the road is open to at least Morrison Creek CG, typically between mid-May and mid-June. (somewhat earlier now consistently with the burn below Cold Springs) I've skiied from Piker's several times in July and August for Turns-All-Year, but there was no corn snow and it was heavily sun-cupped, Type 2 fun. Still better than sitting on the couch!! In something like 7-8 trips I've found the skiing between the Lunch Counter and the bottom of the Crescent "Glacier" to be the best (whether you go down Crescent or over by the lava dome). Regarding experience, I taught myself how to ski-tour. My second "real" tour was Adams, 2 days after skiing from the crater on Mt. Hood (after summiting). You've got to learn somehow, somewhere, and Adams is a fantastic training ground, just steer clear of the north side crevasses while you're there. Bottom line: 1. No one will recognize you as a Jerry/Gaper cause you'll blend in with the 100s of them. 2. Go earlier than July if you can! Pro tip: Get a steak burrito to go at Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon. You're welcome!!
  5. Accident on Mt. Hood

    Considering the sheet of ice photo that Water posted on social media, I'm not surprised to see this today! Apparently helicopter footage shows someone doing CPR... not good... and 7 stranded? http://www.kptv.com/story/37496370/search-and-rescue-crews-respond-to-fallen-climber-on-mount-hood (video) https://www.opb.org/news/article/climber-fall-mount-hood-rescue/ Rrrrrough!
  6. Oregon

    JayB nails the issue - LACK of open gas stations in rural Oregon. Which is probably the only place you're gonna see self-serve. Case in Point: Oakridge, OR, gateway to Diamond Peak, Crater Lake, and some sick mountain biking. My mom lived there 15+ years, and almost every single morning she would head to the Post Office and see people sleeping in their cars at the pumps. Certainly these people aren't idiots (well, some of them are); they have smart phones, etc. You just don't expect a town the size of Oakridge (with multiple gas stations, a brewery, hostel, outdoor gear store, etc) to NOT have 24/7 gas. Well, that's what this bill is all about. Personally, I'd RATHER pump my own. Why? Well for starters, my '99 Outback would click-off with about 4 gallons left to go. So the only way i could get those fuckers to "top it off" was to make sure they filled it as slow as possible...you know, on the first click. Pain in the ass. Plus I don't run gas down the side of my new car. Or take 15 fucking minutes to get to me / get back to me. I could care less about the cost - GOOD LUCK not buying the gas you have to have... spoken like the road warrior I truly am - I put over 300K on that Outback in less than 10 years!! spray spray spray spray spray some more!
  7. Winter hike suggestions?

    North of I-90, south of Canada - I'll drive all the way there... I'm an experienced backcountry skiier but we are still shopping to replace my wife's skis, so something along the lines of a "hike" would suffice... just really want to get up there and check 'em out but it's so vast I have no reference point... If I was still living in Portland or Missoula I wouldn't have this issue; I'm just such a noob when it comes to anything north of Rainier... Thanks!!
  8. Winter hike suggestions?

    I'm new to Seattle and am looking for winter day-hike suggestions in the North Cascades - I'm a little deconditioned, so something less than 15 miles r/t and around 3000 feet of elevation gain should do it! Bonus if I can reach the trailhead in a Subaru Bonus if the trail goes to the summit or has awesome glacier views Bonus if bringing my dog is not a problem!
  9. Warren Miller 1924 -2018

    RIP Warren!! I stopped watching his flicks in 2006 when he sold the rights to his name and voice to Time-Warner (and then they subsequently became long ads for Vail resorts...) but everything before then, especially the old black and white films were amazing!!!
  10. Good news folks, Mt. St. Helens is changing their permit system this year, I would say for the better - 10% of each month's permits will not go on sale until the last day of the *previous* month. Now you can procrastinate even more! http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article196468889.html
  11. Wow, dismal snow conditions! I love that mountain, especially when it isn't guarded by legendary mosquitoes!!! I've skied most western aspects, but now forgo the trail for 'schwacking straight up the ridge, which avoids the flats and allows one to ride all the way back to the car, yes, even on snowboards! Attached is a general route; if you're able to go by Corrigon Lake it adds some sweet scenery! Cheers and thanks for posting!! Diamond Ascent Route
  12. Awesome report!! We were in the Sawtooths for the eclipse and I agree... it's an experience that cannot be overstated. We are definitely headed east for the one in 2024! (which crosses something like 7 state highpoints, by the way!!)
  13. Caught skiing in the crater?

    My top bucketlist "caper" would be to ski inside the crater at Crater Lake, deploy a raft, paddle to Wizard Island, then ski from Wizard Island's summit... and.... fly away via helicopter?? sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
  14. East Cascades: Montana

    Aww man, where's the fun in that? Yes, clearly joking.... Let's just say everything outside of the actual Cascades is "[direction} Cascades"... So the central Rockies become the "Far East Cascades," etc. You're welcome
  15. East Cascades: Montana

    An admin should change the subtitle on the Montana forum to "East Cascades: Montana" also Idaho. (I saw "Seriously man it's part of the Cascades" under Alaska and it gave me this sweet idea)