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[TR] The Nooksack Traverse- 3 day traverse of Shuksan-->Icy Peak-->Ruth Mtn.

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Climb: The Nooksack Traverse-3 day traverse of Shuksan-->Icy Peak-->Ruth Mtn.

 

Trip Report:

"Playin' hooky to get the Nookie" - A three day circuit of the Nooksack Glacier cirque.

 

Who: Lowell Skoog, Jason Hummel, Josh Hummel, Sky Sjue and Sam Avaiusini

 

April 2-4, 2004

 

Complete trip report and photos coming soon to my website, but here is a quick summary...

 

Day 1: Parked a car as far up the Hannegan Pass road as possible. Shuttled 2nd car up to Mt. Baker Ski Area. Ascended the White Salmon Glacier of Mt. Shuksan. Built a deluxe snow cave at 8,100ft. on the Sulphide Glacier.

 

Day 2: Climbed and skied the summit pyramid. Crossed the Crystal Glacier to the top to the Nooksack Headwall...skied the headwall. Crossed Nooksack cirque. Climbed Icy Peak, skinning it to the summit. Skied the Spillway Glacier. Climbed to the Ruth/Icy col. Set up camp.

 

Day 3: Ascended Ruth Mtn. Skied the Ruth Glacier, then out to the Hannegan Pass Road...almost entirely on snow.

 

 

 

Gear Notes:

Brought ropes and pickets, didn't use them once

 

Approach Notes:

Probable first descents of the Nooksack Headwall and Spillway Glacier

 

Josh on the Nooksack:

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Lowell on the Nooksack:

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Did you ski all the way down the drainage of Ruth Creek or did you traverse out and down Hannegan pass?

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Did you ski all the way down the drainage of Ruth Creek or did you traverse out and down Hannegan pass?

Yes, Ruth Creek all the way down

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I think Lowell likes the color red!! grin.gif

 

Guilty as charged. It's from skiing with my photographer brother who likes lots of color in his pictures! wink.gif

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Dude, thats freaking awesome, thanks for sharing. good work guys thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

 

At the risk of sounding too gumby Geek_em8.gif, were there any gaps open on the Ruth glacier? Climbed up the Ruth glacier last september and was surprised by how many large crevasses were on such a small glacier. Always heard it was pretty mellow and I've been wanting to ski it this spring. thanks.

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Plan on hitting the Ruth Glacier a bit earlier and you should be fine. The nature of this glacier changes drastically as the spring and summer progresses. As of this past weekend there was no open crevasses, but there was a decent amount of road. Wait another month or more and then head up there.

 

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Hey, what's with the other password protected trip reports? Share the love, man! cry.gif

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Jason forgot to mention that the picture he posted is not from our trip. Dat rock and shiz...all burried right now. That looks like it might be from June or July... Geek_em8.gif

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Hey, what's with the other password protected trip reports? Share the love, man!

...nope! Nothing to see there...just a lot of schwackage hahaha.gif

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Hey, what's with the other password protected trip reports? Share the love, man!

...nope! Nothing to see there...just a lot of schwackage hahaha.gif

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