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  1. Deep corn/hot pow! It's a great, easily accessible ski when conditions line up!
  2. Trip: Mt. Hood - Reid Glacier Headwall Ski descent Trip Date: 05/31/2022 Trip Report: Retroactive trip report from May. These past few spring/summers I've been living in my van somewhere on Mt. Hood, riding most days, usually solo. As you all know, this spring was plentiful in the snow department and created some stellar late spring skiing conditions. I woke up around 5am to more wind and cold than I was hoping for, turned off the alarm and caught some more sleep. Around 11:30 I took the dog for a long walk and started packing, typical Mt. Hood winds whipping across palmer and keeping temps quite cold for a late may early afternoon. I started up from Timberline around 1:45 only intending to skin up to Illumination Saddle and take a peek at the Reid for the first time. What I didn't expect to find was 8"-10" of perfect corn with no wind effect. I grabbed a snack, mulled over the fact that I was up there Very late in the day... However without the sun directly on the headwall yet and firm but pleasant cramponing conditions, I started my way up around 4. The climbing was nice and a very mellow schrund crossing gave me confidence to continue for a short while until the sun was on the face. Unsurprisingly, it started shedding shortly after with small wet sloughs coming down every few minutes, but no icefall and staying climbers right made it easy to stay out of the way of the sloughs. I pushed on, moving quickly until I was just below the rime towers that signify the top of the west crater rim. At this point it was time to go down. I was late. Too late for my liking, but steep turns beckoned. I transitioned and the sloughs grew larger by the minute, the corn was far gone by now and it was obvious that every turn was going to release a large slough, plenty large enough to get knocked off my feet and carried the 1000 feet down to the base of the glacier. Ice axe in hand, I ski cut the upper Reid face, traversing roughly 400 feet to a protected saddle and watched the entirety of the face slough off, racing down to the Reid glacier and revealing the previous days sun crust, which at this point was rather edgeable. It certainly wasn't the hero corn run I was wishing I had gotten out of bed for, but any bluebird day up high is a good one in my book, and steep turns high on the Reid made it that much better, good snow or not. Three days later I finally had the right partners and warm temps to ski the old chute naked... but that's a story for another day. Gear Notes: Splitboard, pons, one tool. Approach Notes: Timberline to Illumination Saddle
  3. Hi all, offloading some gear to help fund a Denali trip in 2023. All items located in Hood River, local pickup on Mt. Hood, in the Gorge, Trout Lake etc. Shipping on down apparel is included, buyer pays shipping on snowboard boots, splitboard, axes, packs. - Mountain Hardware Absolute Zero down parka - size L - brand new with tags on. Bought the wrong size and didn't get around to returning it on time. $425 - Mountain Hardware ghost whisperer UL 1000 fp down jacket - size L - used as a light belay jacket last season, in excellent condition with no rips, tears etc, minor fraying on elastic cuffs. $180 - Norrona Down knickers, the greatest layer you never knew you needed. Size L, excellent condition, no rips, tears etc. - Size L, selling because I bought a medium. $169 - Cardiff Snowcraft Carbon Swell Splitboard 160. used 10ish days, great condition with small nicks on tail, very slight damage on nose, a little epoxy and it'll be good as new. $775 - Ice Rock Idol ice axe - Brand new, minor storage scratches. Bought two, usually taking a tool instead of two axes these days. $200 - Burton AK Japan Guide 35L backcountry pack. Fully featured, great condition, burly water resistant VX fabric - no helmet net. $125 - thirty two focus boa snowboard boots, size 9/27. Super stiff big line boots, chunky vibram sole. Some superficial damage, sole and boas in great shape. Very dusty from 2 years of storage. $95 - Ride Anchor boots size 9.5/27.5. Moderately stiff lace/boa boot, good condition overall. $75 - Camp corsa 70cm ice axe, taken up eldorado and never took it off the pack. Scratches from storage. $55
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