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01-30-2007, 10:21 AM #1
TR: Escaping the freezer; smokin' Mount St. Helens 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
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
the pitch on St. Helens is quite nice ~ with fundegree fall line
soft carving ahead
onwards to the finish line
see ya in the spring...
Last edited by Squirrel99; 01-30-2007 at 11:06 AM.
01-30-2007, 10:26 AM #2
01-30-2007, 10:30 AM #3Registered User
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01-30-2007, 10:32 AM #4
yeah buddy!"It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
- A. Solzhenitsyn
01-30-2007, 10:35 AM #5Squaw JONG
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01-30-2007, 10:35 AM #6Registered User
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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!!!
01-30-2007, 10:36 AM #7Our great works of human enterprise will fade away with time. The mountain will endure. ~nps
01-30-2007, 10:40 AM #8
01-30-2007, 10:40 AM #9
01-30-2007, 10:41 AM #10
Nice TR! Way to get after it!
01-30-2007, 10:42 AM #11
01-30-2007, 10:42 AM #12
Spring skiing in January, Sounds like a yearly event here in Colorado. Nice pics
01-30-2007, 10:43 AM #13
this TR has brightened up my morning. five lightbulbs!!!!!
Waste your time, read my crap, at:
One Gear, Two Planks
01-30-2007, 10:46 AM #14
Way to harvest!
01-30-2007, 10:48 AM #15
01-30-2007, 11:07 AM #16
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
01-30-2007, 11:07 AM #17
Seeing that makes me wanna jump in the car and make the 7 1/2 hour drive in 5 hours!!
01-30-2007, 11:16 AM #18
01-30-2007, 11:18 AM #19
Dammit...I can't believe I bailed on this one. Nice work kids. Those turns look yummy."You look like you just got schnitzled..."
01-30-2007, 11:30 AM #20
01-30-2007, 11:33 AM #21
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!]
01-30-2007, 11:35 AM #22
01-30-2007, 11:44 AM #23
That was fucking sweet! Now, back to work....
01-30-2007, 11:45 AM #24
Milk chocolate nougat. And remembrances of May 1977.Merde De Glace
01-30-2007, 11:46 AM #25
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