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Tom_Sjolseth

[TR] Mt. Shuksan - North Face (Climb and Ski Descent) 3/31/2013

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Trip: Mt. Shuksan - North Face (Climb and Ski Descent)

 

Date: 3/31/2013

 

Trip Report:

Our party of five climbed and skied the North Face of Mt. Shuksan this past weekend under perfect conditions (perfect for skiing). We took two days for it and enjoyed some unbelievable lap skiing on S-facing slopes above camp on Saturday afternoon. A few 1200' descents off Pt 5527 on smooth butter corn gave us a pleasant taste of the great skiing we would encounter on Sunday.

 

Booting up the N Face was a task, but we were on the summit by 11AM just as things began to really heat up. The pyramid was inconsistent ice/corn/sun-baked, but that didn't stop three of our party of five from "skiing" it. We began our descent at 1PM and conditions on the N Face were perfect - chalky powder in the shade and smooth corn in the sun. After a quick stop at camp to pack up, we were back in the parking lot at 4:30 enjoying beers and warm temps. A perfect Easter weekend.

 

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The following photos courtesy of Jonathan Crabtree:

 

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Gear Notes:

Skis and poles.

 

Approach Notes:

Access road from White Salmon Lodge, traverse at the same elevation or slightly down into White Salmon Creek.

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Nicely done guys!

 

We were down at Price Lake watching you guys ski it from afar, I believe a “yaaahooooo!” alerted us that you were up there. Was a blast watching from afar.

 

We were not on any sort of flotation and having a miserable time, unfortunately. Oh well, live and learn.

 

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Awesome! I have had my eye on the North Face and I am stoked to see you guys have done it! Looks like a blast - Shuksan sure is beautiful

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