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[TR] Mt. Buckner - trifecta 7/24/2011

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Trip: Mt. Buckner - trifecta

 

Date: 7/24/2011

 

Trip Report:

Ryan Lurie, Louie Dawson and I left the cascade pass th in late afternoon on the 23rd and bivied high on the arm, briefly enjoying Z's under the stars before a 2am alarm (we had ambitious plans that only partly came to fruition).

 

We made it to the Boston Sahale col by sunrise, a doubtful appearing scramble traverse presented itself, but after some careful route finding (thanks Louie!) we found a feasible route across the exposed chossyness to the Boston glacier.

 

The route across the BG was straightforward and non technical, as was the bergshrund crossing to gain the north face... We found firm conditions on the face, ideal for frenching it to the summit where we snoozed for a few, waiting for the face to catch some sun and soften.

 

The skiing was excellent, a tad on the firm side, but very few runnels or other late season shenanigans. We then put some effort into our original ambitious plan only to decide against it after a couple ours of expended effort. We then climbed the north face again, and Louie and I dropped into the North Couloir, where we again found fantastic corn, and we skied down to the bergshrund, which is presently a 20' vertical obstacle. We crushed the climb back up and dropped into the sweet sunny slopes of the south face.

 

We regained the arm at a high elevation, packed camp and skied red diatom snow down to the pass, where we tried and failed to ski all the way down to the car, the long trail out was our route in the end.

 

Ryan and Louie enjoy the sunrise at the col

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Ryan and Louie traversing to the Boston Glacier from the Sahel col

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Louie and Ryan ski to the shrund

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Louie sighning the summit register on Buckner

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Saw you guys on your way down from Sehale arm that night, I was definitely jealous of those turns you guys are getting in late July! I will sift through my partner's camera and see if there are any shots of you guys going down.

 

Looked like a great trip, we did about the same but a different order.

 

Louie-- I have yet to officially meet you, but I know of you through Henry and Kurt, good to see you're going after it since this spring/summer is amazing for skiing so far!!

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Andy, Cool that you guys were up there, I think I've seen you a few times at the OC. Were you guys skiing?

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