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    Cool TR: Escaping the freezer; smokin' Mount St. Helens 1/28/2007

    1.28.2007
    Mount St. Helens Worm Flows
    5700 vertical rise; 11 miles roundtrip
    Top Elevation: 8365 Feet (2550 meters for our Canadian & Euro friends)
    Today's pain train: Squirrel99, Zbo, Snoslut, Boarder John & Greg


    It's no secret we've had a nice little warm up in the PacNW. Temps spiked last week with a bit of moisture, and then came crashing down. No, that is not the thunderous applause you hear below you from the chair, it is the screaching yelps of skiers and snowboarders trying to dig in their edges

    Earlier in the week, I had a feeling it might end up this way. We adjusted our game from powder to corn. But where would the sun bake the most? 8000 foot freezing levels pointed toward the Southern Cascades.
    With no restriction on permits for winter access, and ample sunshine- the South facing Worm Flows were the obvious choice.

    Might as well paint a big red target on that plume

    Mount St. Helens


    After a leisurely stroll through the forest, the magic carpet is about to crank up the pitch a notch


    The obligatory hazard photo


    Note how much those warnings must have fazed Snoslut and Zbo


    5700 vertical feet in a couple hours. After kicking it on the summit, the pain train arrived. While everyone else endured the icy bootpack, I kept the skins on and found softer snow about 100 yards to the looker's right.

    Boarder John and Zbo preparing to jump from the caboose to the engine


    Snoslut


    Hmmmnn...smoking crater


    Illegal chutes dropping into the active crater


    View from the Top - looking over Spirit Lake toward Mount Rainier


    And Mount Adams to the East


    This guy is core- check it out! Ever run into touring skis like this anymore?


    These faces continued to beg for tracks


    We shall gladly oblige


    My turn ~ 5700 vert of corn skiing to be slayed, starting now...


    Snoslut str8line for Mount Hood


    Cornucopia continues


    the pitch on St. Helens is quite nice ~ with fundegree fall line


    soft carving ahead




    Snoslut again


    onwards to the finish line


    tracked...


    and happy!


    see ya in the spring...
    Last edited by Squirrel99; 01-30-2007 at 11:06 AM.

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    Thumbs up

    Mmmmmm. Cascade volcano baggng in the spring...in January.
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    Very nice!

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    yeah buddy!
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    Nice pics!

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    Very nice. I still want to bitch about the lack of powder...but this TR pretty much confirms what others have said, time to get off my ass and work for some spring turns...

    VERY NICE WORK!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrel99 View Post

    My turn ~ 5700 vert of corn skiing to be slayed, starting now...
    Tasty!!


    Looks like a sweet trip, way to take advantage of the conditions!
    Our great works of human enterprise will fade away with time. The mountain will endure. ~nps

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    awesome shots
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    This shot is money!!

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    Nice TR! Way to get after it!

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    kick ass

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    Spring skiing in January, Sounds like a yearly event here in Colorado. Nice pics

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    this TR has brightened up my morning. five lightbulbs!!!!!

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    Way to harvest!

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    Wow. Super jealous. Nice TR.

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    Why no photos of Z-Bo? You must hate him or something.
    The trumpet scatters its awful sound Over the graves of all lands Summoning all before the throne

    Death and mankind shall be stunned When Nature arises To give account before the Judge

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    Seeing that makes me wanna jump in the car and make the 7 1/2 hour drive in 5 hours!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greydon Clark View Post
    Why no photos of Z-Bo? You must hate him or something.
    There's the one of him flipping the bird. What else do you need?

    Great shots, Squirrel. The hike up only took a couple hours? You guys must be in good shape.

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    Dammit...I can't believe I bailed on this one. Nice work kids. Those turns look yummy.
    "You look like you just got schnitzled..."

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    Nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by The AD View Post
    The hike up only took a couple hours? You guys must be in good shape.
    From the sno-park? Smoking ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greydon Clark View Post
    Why no photos of Z-Bo? You must hate him or something.
    No wifebeater, no gun => no pictures





    zbo and boarder john went on 'adventure' two miles from our descent. they scored with some sheltered wind buff, however also bought a nice 2000 vert hike out while we waited in the comforts of the sno-park


    And Girlski, we missed you! I told you not to pass on this one.
    Only took about 5 hours from the Sno-Park
    [yes- you ARE going next time!]

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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by girlski0912 View Post
    FUCK!!!!!!!!! I have sand in my....
    Fixed it for ya

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    That was fucking sweet! Now, back to work....

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    Milk chocolate nougat. And remembrances of May 1977.
    Merde De Glace On the Freak When Ski

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    And remembrances of May 1977.
    You could ski a little more vertical in those days.

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