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best of cc.com [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge 3/25/2012

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Trip: Mt. Shuksan - Curtis Ridge

 

Date: 3/25/2012

 

Trip Report:

I was looking forward to schlarping the fabulous powder that I had just skinned past on the White Salmon, but maybe, just maybe instead I would drop into a steep west facing line that I've eyed wistfully for years, the line is however quite exposed, steep, and windward... So my expectations of finding acceptable conditions were low.

 

I reached the col from the sunnyside where I could survey the said line, looking down on it my first thoughts were -- there's no way I'm going to ski this thing! but after some time of thoughtfully soaking up the fearsome view, I slowly weaned myself off comfortable thoughts of powder on the White Salmon and adjusted to the possibility of accepting commitment to the exposure below. I downclimbed the first few hundred feet to scope conditions, and was amazed and stoked to find mostly powder with just a few crusty sections here and there, I scampered back up to the top drunk off stoke.

 

The descent was awesome, favorite turns of the season for sure. Crossing under the seracs at the bottom was creepy, but over quick enough.

 

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Wow, makes me scared just looking at the pictures. Awesome, especially the pic of your ski tips in the air.

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You have thoughts that say, "there's no way I'm going to ski this thing" ?

 

cmon! you aren't normal like all of us!

 

amazing what you do.

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I've been wondering when somebody would ski this line. I found the following picture in my brother Carl's collection. I think he and his friends may have had their eyes on it a few years ago. I don't know if they ever made an attempt.

 

Congrats, that's a nice looking line.

 

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