04-12-2009, 06:17 PM #1
Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
The PNW has been off the hook for the past month with day after day of relentless storms becoming the snowiest March in 15 years. Conditions have been epic with constant accumulations in the double digits making backcountry days few and far between. Mid March we got a clearing between storms so I ran up to the famous slot Colouir with an Alpy local.
Looking back towards Alpental and Rainier
Hiking on the Summit of Mt Snoqualmie getting ready to ski the slot.
The conditions were good
Now fast forward a few weeks and there was another break in the Weather.
Amar Andalkar (http://www.skimountaineer.com/) and I went to Rainier to tackle the Ingraham direct route.
Skinning up the Muir snowfield with the Tatoosh in the background
We stayed at the Muir Shelter and rested the next day preparing for our summit attempt. After a slow start we were skinning around 8:00
Sunrise over the Cowlitz glacier
Sunrise alpenglow over the Tatoosh range and Mt Adams
Mt Tahoma from Cathedral Gap at 10700 ft
Amar skinning up the Ingraham direct route
Skinning up Ingraham glacier (photo by Amar)
At around 12í600 feet we switched over to crampons (photo by Amar)
Skinning up to summit proper from the Crater (photo by Amar)
Amar standing on the Summit
Looking East towards Crystal Mountain
We decided to descend the Gib Chute a more direct line back to the Muir Shelter.
Snowboarding in the Summit Crater (photo by Amar)
Snowboarding next to a Serac on the Nisqually Glacier (photo by Amar)
Amar skiing with Tahoma in the Background
Amar skiing over the rollover into the Gib Chute
Looking down the Gib Chute (photo by Amar)
The conditions in the Gib Chute was solid Ice with no room for Error so it was survival skiing until it softened up at the Apron
Amar Skiing the chute
Snowboarding in the Gib Chute (photo by Amar)
Looking back up the Gib chute (photo by Amar)
Heading back to the Muir shelter with the Sun setting in the Background
We rested until the early afternoon the next day to let the snow soften to Corn
Riding down the Muir Snowfield with the Gib Chute in the Background
Looking back at the route on a Predawn tour the next day on the left side of Rainier
For a MUCH better write up check Amarís Trip Report
Thanks Amar I had a great time and I look forward to the spring touring Season
04-12-2009, 06:30 PM #2
And people think Im crazy when I say you can ski down from the top of Rainier.
Props to constantly bringing the stoke from the cascades.
ThanksYou've got to have the courage to say to your wife, "Get in there and make me some bean dip."
04-12-2009, 07:11 PM #3Originally Posted by DoWork
04-12-2009, 09:03 PM #4
Nice work."It need not be fun to be fun." - Big Steve
04-12-2009, 09:59 PM #5Registered User
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Those pictures rule!
04-12-2009, 10:12 PM #6
Awesome job, not to thread hi-jack, but just for my orientation purposes could you tell me if I've got the location of Paradise correct and the route down the Muir snowfield to Paradise right in this magnificent sketch? I've been staring at the picture for awhile now and its really bugging me.
I thought their offices would be strewn with bunny-fucking and condom dispensers, a veritable enchanted forest of cock shafts and twat mist. - JoeStrummer
04-12-2009, 11:21 PM #7
Yeah that's pretty close to the route from Muir.
04-12-2009, 11:37 PM #8
Holy epic! Those shots are great. I'd really like to stand at Rainier's summit one day to take in the views. Nice work!
04-12-2009, 11:44 PM #9
04-13-2009, 12:03 AM #10
Fantastic Kyle, well done! Beautiful photos! Everything looks so small from up there, eh? You guys make it all look so easy. Bummer the snow wasn't a little more "fun" up high. Looks like you found some good turns tho.
04-13-2009, 07:13 AM #11
Nice one kyle. Ill have to try that someday..
04-13-2009, 07:26 AM #12
great TR. I'd love to climb that mountain someday.
04-13-2009, 08:03 AM #13
Schwwwinnng!President of the Hugh Conway Book Club
04-13-2009, 09:43 AM #14
I liked the pace you guys took - so many folks rush it to the summit and scream down on the bullet proof, but you dudes chilled at Muir enough to time conditions - good on ya.another Handsome Boy graduate
04-13-2009, 09:58 AM #15
Damn dude, you killed it.Be careful about buying snowboard goggles for skiing. Snowboard goggles come in right eye and left eye (for goofy-footers) dominant models. This can make it hard to see correctly when skiing because you are facing straight down the hill, not sideways.
04-13-2009, 10:13 AM #16
04-13-2009, 11:37 AM #17Registered User
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I agree with the Australian Above. Rainer + Slot = Muney
04-13-2009, 11:55 AM #18
Well, this is awesome. That pic of the sunrise with Adams in the distance is sweet. Nice TR.
04-13-2009, 11:59 AM #19
Some great motivation for a planned attempt next month. Keep the Cascade radness coming!
04-13-2009, 01:34 PM #20Registered User
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Nice trip Kyle, glad you and Amar had a good time!
04-13-2009, 10:08 PM #21
Thank you for all the kind comments they are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the kind alpy locals for showing me around my old stomping grounds and towing me on the high Traverse (damn Snowboarders) and introducing me to the Snoqualmie backcountry
Sadly my finances are running low so I have to put in a shameless plug
04-13-2009, 10:16 PM #22
I wish I was more active in the BC when I was in WA. I was there on a very good year where inbounds was good and I traveled in the summer.
One day, I will be back, one day. Thanks
04-13-2009, 11:23 PM #23
04-14-2009, 07:13 AM #24
sick TR man, i'm looking forward to a summer of these
04-14-2009, 07:17 AM #25
Really awesome picks there. Love the alpenglow shot, but I'm a sucker for those. Strong work guys!