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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008

    TR: Peak Bagging in the North Cascades

    Before you read this let it be known this TR is way too long with way to many pictures


    The North Cascades are some of the most rugged terrain in the lower 48.
    Everything seemed to line up perfectly with the highway opening Friday at 8:00 am to a forecast of blue skies. Well it wasn’t 8:00 am it was 8:00pm and even worse the forecast for Saturday was calling for rain but Sunday and Monday were looking to promising. With the hopes of sunny skies plans changed to head into the North Cascades Saturday night and bag Black Peak on Sunday and Silverstar on Monday.

    Friday April 24th

    To take advantage of the forecast on Friday I met up with Amar, Christy and Jason to tackle some lower elevated peaks in the Snoqualmie area. Our agenda was Red mountains west face.

    Jason doing a teleturn off the summit of Red with Snoqualmie Mountain in the background

    Amar skiing down into the Commonwealth Basin

    Christy skiing with The Tooth and Cave ridge in the background

    It was still early in the day so we climbed over to Lundin Peak
    Jason skinning with our lines off red in the background

    It turned out to be a great day to take advantage of Blue sky and Corn skiing
    Last edited by Kyle Miller; 04-28-2009 at 05:18 PM.
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    Mar 2008
    Sunday April 26th

    Saturday night I met up with Joe in Seattle and took the long drive out to the North Cascades. The first objective was Black Peaks southern face which had a skiable line from near the Summit (8970).

    Black Peaks South Face
    photo by John Scurlock

    Our starting point was at the Rainy pass parking lot were we skinned up to Heather Pass.

    Joe skinning up to Lake Ann

    Looking at our Objective in the middle from Heather Pass

    It’s going to be a long traverse

    Sick lines to be had on the Lewis Glacier

    Looking North deeper into the Range

    After a long traverse finally skinning up the base of Black Peak

    We had to skin up to the Col to gain access to the South side

    Traversing the ridge to gain the south side

    Damn rotten snow (notice the landing spot for North Cascades Heli in the background)

    Switching over to Crampons and Ice axe to climb up the South Side

    Joe hiking up with Last Chance peak in the Background

    The last stretch before the summit.

    Joe standing on top of Black Peak minus 30 ft of Rock scramble

    Looking down the NW face

    Looking back at the ascent with Heather Pass in the distance and Corneo to the right

    Mt Goode to the SW

    Looking down our ski line

    I dropped in first

    Then Joe

    After dropping the chute we hiked back to the Col and dropped back into the east facing basin

    Instead of traversing all the way back we decided to drop all the way down to the road

    Last edited by Kyle Miller; 04-28-2009 at 07:49 PM.
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    Mar 2008
    After speaking with a local about the crappy conditions at Silverstar we decided to tackle another peak within the Rainy Pass area the next day.
    Monday April 27th
    Looking towards Frisco Mountain and the Lyall Glacier

    Looking south at our objective a peak of Frisco Mountains south Ridge from Maple pass

    Joe skinning the ridge with Corteo to the left and Black Peak to the right

    Frisco Mountain

    Dropping the first run to access the Lyall Glacier

    Back to skinning to access Friscos Col with Whistler Mountain and Cutthroat peak in the background

    Nearing the top with a massive headwall in the background

    We skinned to the Col on the left and decided we would ski the peak on our decent back to the car

    Looking back at the headwall from the Col

    Looking down into Maple creek with Mt Benzarino in the foreground and Goode in the distance

    Our objective was the peak to the left and ski the fall line in the middle of the ridge

    We got a quick 1000 vert run to access the next col

    Then switched over to Crampons and Ice axes to access the peak

    Looking East towards Mcgregor Mountain on the Right and Bowen to the Left

    Boot packing with Stilleto Peak in the distance

    Gaining the summit with Corteo in the background

    Looking south Deep into Glacier Peak wilderness from the summit

    From the summit we rode the ridge north back into the Maple creek basin

    Getting ready to drop off the ridge

    After a sick 1000 vert line we had to skin back up to the East col
    Joe skinning with our ski line in the background

    Once we got up to the col we decided to hike up to the sub peak we had seen earlier (back to crampons and Ice axe)

    One last look before our 3,000 vert lines back to the road with Frisco proper in the background

    Our line down to Rainy Lake

    Right before Rainy Lake there is a cliffed out cirque so we had to do a nasty traverse

    Looking back from Rainy Lake at the Cirque and Frisco Peak

    Frisco Mountain

    I love the North Cascades
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2003
    you sir, are a fucking stoke machine.
    ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

  5. #5
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    Apr 2009
    Way to take advatage of 20's opening weekend! How was the snow?

  6. #6
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    Dec 2003
    Nice work fellas.
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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

  7. #7
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    Mar 2008
    That's some sweet touring. Thanks for the pics!
    "The skis just popped me up out of the snow and I went screaming down the hill on a high better than any heroin junkie." She Ra

  8. #8
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    Nov 2008
    you fucking rule
    there's powder out there, and it ain't gonna find you

  9. #9
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    Nov 2007
    Good work. Nice pics. Skiing from the snow-patch-formerly-known-as-the-Lyall Glacier down to Rainy Lake is ballsy! Yeah, baby.

  10. #10
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    Mar 2006
    Awesome, that looks like a lot of terrain covered

  11. #11
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    Oct 2008
    You are putting up some awesome TRs lately. This one does not disappoint. Great looking weekend, awesome terrain.

  12. #12
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    Jan 2006
    Denver, Co.
    unreal terrain you have there. Well done!

  13. #13
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    Jul 2007
    Kyle, good fun hanging with you...on red...looks like the remainder of your week went well, too. Nice stuff.

  14. #14
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    Jun 2006
    Very cool.
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    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

  15. #15
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    Oct 2006
    damn fine effort
    I can't believe you are a rando racer because I look so much better in Lycra than you.

    People who don't think the Earth is flat haven't skied Vail.

  16. #16
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    Oct 2003
    Portland, OR, U.S.A.
    Kyle Miller, you hard mu'fucka. Keep up the good work.
    another Handsome Boy graduate

  17. #17
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    Oct 2007
    The dry side of WA
    Aa I sit here with my bowl of chips and salted cashews wondering why I cant get out there and do cool shilt like that, do you know how many guys want to be like you? I'm in Wenatchee and need somebody to show me the ropes and how its done.

  18. #18
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    Mar 2009
    Saweet! Thanks, I am now convinced I suck.....

  19. #19
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    Mar 2007
    Eugenio Oregón
    Quote Originally Posted by Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer View Post
    You are putting up some awesome TRs lately
    Just wait till June, Kyle was the most maggotty maggot killing it with June TR's.

    F'ing stoke machine indeed, do you run on solar power and super high capacity Lithium Polymer batteries?

    "Strapping myself to a sitski built with 30lb of metal and fibreglass then trying to water ski in it sounds like a stupid idea to me.

    I'll be there."
    ... Andy Campbell

  20. #20
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    Feb 2008
    Dude what are you doing? Most people in Washington don't seem to have the North Cascades Highway on their radar. Let's keep it that way

    It was practically empty around the hairpin this last weekend and the snow...

    Nice stoke!!!!!

  21. #21
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    Nov 2006
    Wenatchee, WA
    Kyle Miller = killing it.

    So do tell: how do you have so much time to get out and post these awesome TR's? No job? No school? No wife and kids? Unlimited cash? Oh yeah, that's right; those are all the reasons I can't do it

    Strong work, that's a lot of climbing in 3 days!
    "No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible" -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

  22. #22
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    Aug 2007
    Bottom feeding
    great stuff

  23. #23
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    Apr 2008
    inland northwest
    "You've done a mans job sir"
    Bonus points for google route maps, nicely done
    prohibition is the opposite of liberty
    "...the ski patrol brought our poles down to us, & were buyin' us beers. If we did that in the states they'd take our gear & put us in jail.
    It's so much nicer to be in the real land of the free." Shane McConkey

    may you bask in the cacophony of onehanded applause
    like the sound of crystal falling gently to the trees

  24. #24
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    Oct 2003
    The Ranch
    I love the cascades because they are so extreme. Any place good enough for Ed Viesturs is good enough for me.

  25. #25
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    Jun 2007
    Nice work. Conditions look sweet compared to the iceball that is Whistler backcountry. Dammit.

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