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Jason_Martin

Roadside Western Washington Ice Report

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With deep deep snow and avalanche danger many of the routes are clearly difficult to get to but are forming.

 

Today a buddy and I went up to the Rap Wall. The approach required a bit of wallowing, but hey that's part of the game around here.

 

It appears that one of the Bryant lines above source lake is in good condition and many of the smaller lines around Alpental are climbable...but don't say that I didn't warn you about the deep snow. Even with big snow shoes I had a hard time.

 

It appears that CYA near Exit 38 is coming into form. This route has yet to be led and doesn't come in every year so keep an eye on it.

 

The large waterfalls on the North Face of Kent Mountain are visibly blue from I-90 right now, though with current snow conditions it will take a long time to get there.

 

On Saturday in Mt. Rainier National Park, I saw "Hey Mikey He Likes It" from the Nisqually Bridge. It was blue. I can only assume that the more attainable "Mikey's Gully" is in form but not visible as it is in a gully nearby.

 

The snow is deep and slated to get deeper. Watch the avalanche conditions closely if you check out any of these places.

 

Jason

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Mike,

 

Don't think I'm going to make it up... Got to get out of here early tomorrow. Will I see you down south this spring?

 

JayB,

 

I don't remember what exit it is near. However it can be seen immediately left of McClellum Butte. Check pages 179 and 180 in your ice guide.

 

Jason

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The road cuts had some good looking ice driving on I90 between the summit and Exit47 earlier today. Not that you can climb it, but might be a clue to conditions elsewhere.

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Looks like Sunday and Monday will give us our best chance at ice. Whoa it's gonna be cold East of the Mtns..........Banks Lake??? blush.gif

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Accross the street from the parking lot, Sunday January 5:

 

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The ice on this thing (Alpental Falls?) was somewhat thin and rotten where lower angle, and the vertical bit shown here was detached.

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is that actually a 20 degree snow slope with a 1m high pillar at the top or is it some serious foreshortening? confused.gif

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huh - I have video of your party leading that thing on Sunday - assuming you were a party of three. Guy with the puke green helmet was on the ground, and a guy with blue pants and red gaitors was on lead. I think the skiing must have been 1000 times better than the ice (not that the ice was bad...)

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actually the guy in blue pants is top roping it, the anchor is already set up. But the "20 degree slope" looks vertical!

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Is there a good place to go that's roadside off I-90 to set up a TR? I have the Washington Ice Guide guide - but not in front of me right now. Trying to set up a trip for tomorrow. Thx for your input.

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