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  1. #1
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    Wa Stoke Valley of the Titans

    Our plans were to skin out to a area that I had scoped out for years but had never skied because the distance was too far. We decided to do a multiday tour setting up a basecamp halfway out.

    A early mourning start

    A early mourning start with Mt Rainier in the Distance

    Up on the ridge

    Some Skiers in the distance

    Getting ready for the warm up run

    Looking down the run

    Scott getting ready for his run

    After the first run we dropped off our overnight gear and started heading for are destination

    That colouir may go through

    Skinning across valleys


    Summiting the ridge

    Our View Across the valley

    Our Destination

    To keep up with the Norse theme since it is Norse Peak Wilderness we called it Valley of the Titans.


    Our First run in the Valley

    Nice Dry Pow

    Scott ripping down the slope


    It was a steep skin

    Back on the ridge

    The View on Rainier

    Scotts Next run

    Some of the runs you have to drop in blindly

    My next run

    A photo scott took of me looking down my line

    steep and deep

    We started heading back toward our basecamp with a few hours of sunlight left. As we made it to the first run the wind was blasting right up though the valley. We rode into the wind scoured bowl and started skinning to the next high peak.

    The sunset on some opposing ridges

    Rainier

    Getting ready for the last run of the day

    We went to bed under a clear sky but that didnt last long. The wind was so strong that it was pushing the walls around. The next mourning when we woke up and looked outside to find all our tracks had dissapeared and the wind was going up to 60 mph. It took us a while to pack up almost loosing our tent that flew up the valley 100 feet. Conditions were sketch so we decided to head back to the car.

    Skinning up the ridge

    It looked so amazing I tried to persuade scott to take one more run. We agreed that if it past a pit test we would ride it.

    Digging the pit

    It passed so here is our run


    The pow was DEEP
    When we started our skin track it was all flat except for a steep section at the top of a gully. As I started skinning across the 20 foot steep section it fractured 1 foot deep and took me for a ride. I slid about 100 feet and stopped about 20 feet short of a group of trees.

    Looking up at the fracture

    The Debris

    The crown

    We carefully wrapped around the basin and back onto the old skin track as the storm was heavy


    Getting ready for the final run

    Dropping in

    Its fresh


    The weather was Bipolar Saturday was bluebird while Sunday was gale force winds. Enjoy.

  2. #2
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    cool pictures. Glad you guys made it out OK. Scary conditions to be out in.

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    Im just glad that the gully was only on the bottom 150 feet of the slope if I slid another 500 vert there would have been a good chance I wouldn't be here right now..

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    Those lines look mighty tasty! Thanks for sharing.

    "Nice Dry Pow" - that's funny!

  5. #5
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    Great trip man! Glad to hear you made it out alright.

    I could swear I was in this basin back in Early December with much less snow.
    Northway would be able to confirm ~


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    Sweet TR. Looks like quite the adventure.

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    Last edited by PNWbrit; 03-24-2008 at 09:47 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Downbound Train View Post
    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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    good pics.

  9. #9
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    really cool. some sweet lighting (or different camera settings?) in some of these. nifty pics.
    boy man god shit

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    Good stuff, looks amazing.

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    Yes it is the same terrain I got some beta info from Northway the same day I got back from the tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Miller View Post
    Yes it is the same terrain I got some beta info from Northway the same day I got back from the tour.
    yeah I was having some deja vu looking at the pics.

    nice work on the tour. glad there were no serious complications from the slide.

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