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[TR] Mt. Shuksan- Sulphide Glacier 4/23/2006

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Climb: Mt. Shuksan-Sulphide Glacier

 

Date of Climb: 4/23/2006

 

Trip Report:

A friend and I climbed/skiied Shuksan this past Sunday. We were able to drive to within 2 miles of the trailhead; stopped because of downed trees, but at the road junction another half mile up the snows would be too deep to drive through anyway, even if the trees were cleared. It was possible to stay on skis for about 95 percent of the overgrown road section, but this is melting fast. We left the car about 5:45am; earlier would have been better, to avoid the slushy slop in the clearcut section on the way down. Good skinning all day, and perfect weather. On the summit pyramid we went left of center for maybe 200 feet, then traversed and went straight up. Final 20 feet was icy enough to require crampons, even in the warm afternoon temps. From the summit we made sure to wave to all the cars packed in at the Baker ski area...packt like sardines in a crushd tin box. We thought we had the mountain to ourselves until we saw ski tracks on our descent at about 6000 feet. Flat tire on the way out. Sorry, no photos...I don't own a digital camera just yet.

 

Gear Notes:

Rap off the summit advised for your partner. Then you get to downclimb.

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Oops, one correction: On the summit pyramid we went RIGHT of center for maybe 200 feet, then traversed and went straight up. So there.

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We were the other group who stole your solitude fruit.gif

A group of 5 of us skied from 7,000ft. Got a much later start than you at just after 8am. The skiing was fantastic though, I must say...I have posted some pics in my cc.com gallery.

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Climb: Mt. Shuksan-Sulphide Glacier

 

Date of Climb: 4/23/2006

 

Trip Report:

Flat tire on the way out.

 

Saw your flat as we drove out. It sucks when you have to drive on the spare donut! thumbs_down.gif

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