telemarker Posted March 7, 2008 Share Posted March 7, 2008 (edited) Trip: Mt. Cashmere Summit and Ski - NE Couloir Date: 3/5/2008 Trip Report: Mt. Cashmere is just massive, with many different aspects. It's the first feature I notice as I'm leaving Wenatchee, the less informed often confusing it with Mt. Stuart. The forecast was just too good to pass up Wednesday. I wanted to summit then ski something on that NE side. Wanting to beat the crowds, I started from the car at 6.30am. I followed 8 mile Rd. up to the Mt. Cashmere trailhead, booted up Pioneer Creek, and pretty much just skinned up until I had to posthole the final gully that led to the summit. I ditched the skis at an obvious col, and scrambled the last 200 feet to the summit, reaching it by 3pm. I lounged on top, not a breath of wind, enjoying a coke and 360 views. From the summit, I could see Icicle Rd. roughly 6,000 feet down via the NE basin. It looked easy enough from the summit and relatively open. Time to ski. I clicked in at the top of the steepish col, and skied 150 feet down to the top of the NE couloir. I took the mandatory couple of cautious turns at the top waiting for the shooting fracture below my skis, but not today. The turns were dreamy powder, about shin deep down the couloir, and for another 3,000 down the basin. The last 3,000 feet was survival skiing on sun-baked crust, cliff end-runs, and an endless traverse back to 8 mile Rd, reaching the car by 5.30pm. I must have hit it just right, because I didn't see another soul up there. The Route Mt. Stuart and Co. with Annoying Smudge on Lense Rainier Black Pyramid below Cashmere's Summit Looking South from the Col Glacier Peak from Summit Looking Down the Couloir. The horizontal white line in the top left of the photo is Icicle Rd. Looking Back Up Edited March 7, 2008 by telemarker Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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