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[TR] Coleman Pinnacle - West Ridge 02/10/2018

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Trip: Coleman Pinnacle - West Ridge

Trip Date: 02/10/2018

Trip Report:

It finally stopped raining this past weekend!  Us, and everyone else within a three hour drive descended on the Heather Meadows parking lot to get our vitamin D for the month.  @dberdinka and friend were the smartest of the bunch, leaving the parking lot in the dark to ski in solitude out to Coleman Pinnacle - which happened to also be our objective for the day.  We arrived on the summit to see the masses coming from every which direction to the col just to the west. It was by far the busiest I have seen the area immediately around the Pinnacle.   Strangely, we were the only party that actually booted to the summit. C'mon people, no summit, no party!

The ski conditions were predictably mediocre, matching the telemetry, with a few inches of low density snow poorly bonded to a supportive crust.  It is probably pretty interesting up there right now given the new storm snow on top.  But last Saturday it was a glorious day in the sun.  And sometimes that is enough.

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That looks pretty OK

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More left @Trent:

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Coleman Pinnacle:

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A party got after it this particular morning:

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@wbk:

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The final bit to the summit:

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Slogging for the win:

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@Kit, @wbk, and @Trent:

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Fisher Chimneys look pretty spicy right now:

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Shuksan:

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The Portals:

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Rival faction:

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Better than expected:

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@Kit gunning for the tidy tracks:

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fin

 

Gear Notes:
skis

Approach Notes:
Ptarmigan Ridge from Heather Meadows.
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If you wanted to, you could be doing this for a living I'm pretty sure.  Probably doesn't pay near your day job to be an outdoor photographer though.

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Thanks @To_The_Top and @olyclimber, glad you liked the photos! 

Oly, my wife and kids most definitely don't want me to quit my day job.  Lots of talented and hungry photogs out there, it's a tough way to make a living.

"You know how you make a small fortune in photography?  Start with a large fortune."  - John Scurlock

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As always, great trip report!

If I'm not mistaken, we're too far north to get an ample amount of Vitamin D until late March or April though.

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27 minutes ago, AnthonyLubetski said:

If I'm not mistaken, we're too far north to get an ample amount of Vitamin D until late March or April though.

Well, shoot.  You're right @AnthonyLubetski.  I'll keep trying though.

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On February 21, 2018 at 10:33 AM, JasonG said:

Well, shoot.  You're right @AnthonyLubetski.  I'll keep trying though.

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That's been my plan. The mountains seem to be a decent replacement when vitamin d is unavailable. :brew:

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