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The Cascade Kid

[TR] Mt Hood - Pearly Gates w/White River Ski Descent 2/11/2017

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Trip: Mt Hood - Pearly Gates w/White River Ski Descent

 

Date: 2/11/2017

 

Trip Report:

My girl and I needed a nature break before our wedding in a couple of weeks so we headed up to Hood to take advantage of the weather. Where were the rest of you on Saturday??

 

We were the only folks on top Saturday via the Pearly gates. Met some nice german/austrian folks on the hogsback (sorry if that's the wrong nationality) who bailed with snow safety concerns. We found largely safe snow conditions and easily avoided the new wind-transported snow by hugging the rime towers on the descent. The hordes tested the snow safety directly on saturday.

 

On Sunday, we skied white river from the headwall to the highway. There's a fine 6000' descent for you, provided that you know the way down. Again, pretty good conditions and great weather.

 

Congratulations to the couple who were married at I-Rock on saturday. PM me for more photos of your wedding party.

 

More photos and complete TR on the blog.

 

+ Reid headwall/leuthold's are looking good, with consolidated snow.

+ I-rock is thoroughly rimed, though some was falling sunday in the sun.

 

 

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Gear Notes:

Two tools nice but not mandatory. No screws. Used a 30m rope per partner preference, but not needed if comfortable on steep snow/rime.

 

Approach Notes:

Skins to below crater rock, crampons thereafter.

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Love the full report on the blog! I really miss these types of adventures with my wife. Kids have changed her risk tolerance, especially when both of us are on a trip. Hiking and backpacking now instead of glacier and multi-pitch.

 

But enough whining, how late in the ski season do you think that descent goes? Winter and early spring only?

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Down white river? It depends on the year. Most likely into May if you know where you're going, but it's more likely that you'll ski bulletproof/frozen avy debris at the top and slop down low.I skied it last year april 11, but we had much less snow last season.

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