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  1. #1501
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    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Folks caught In a slide climbing leutholds, Iím sure that contributed to the Decision...

    https://www.facebook.com/12434611763...9130490151876/
    "A couple climbing Leuthold Couloir triggered an avalanche above the Hourglass. They were swept all the way down the route onto the Reid Glacier and miraculously survived with limited injuries."

    A reported 9" of fresh within the last two days, blazing sun, and limited refreeze. Not to armchair quarterback, but JFC. Miracle is right.

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    Missed you by a few hours River. Was camped on the moraine after skiing the spur watching the climbers make that path up the Reid. Nice size 2 ripped out the copper spur climbing route today. People Were coming down the sunshine route still at 11.

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    sweet pic fortress. does the headwall go clean top to bottom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier of the Hood View Post
    Missed you by a few hours River. Was camped on the moraine after skiing the spur watching the climbers make that path up the Reid. Nice size 2 ripped out the copper spur climbing route today. People Were coming down the sunshine route still at 11.
    I wondered if any other mags were up there! We're you camped near the stone shelter or over on the Elliot east moraine? The wind was howling up on the ridge in the evening! The upper spur looked pretty suspect through my scope. Got any photos of the slide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    sweet pic fortress. does the headwall go clean top to bottom?
    It would be an absolute puckerfest, imho. The Elliot headwall is a 50++ deg slope with tons of exposure. Several ice route variations have been used to ascend it. Most ski either looker's left (Cooper spur) or looker's right (sunshine/snow dome).

    I would be curious to see any TRs of any descents of the headwall proper. Seems like something Sky Sjue might have done?

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    2019-20 - Oregon - it never snows here and when it does, it sucks

    Not my pic, River was up there btw.

    The head wall has been skied, but only a few times. More often it is a big ice climb. It does go in certain years, Doug Coombs put in a first descent of one of the routes, go figure. Rumor is crag rats (a local sar team) posted up below while he climbed and skied just in case... I think he climbed and buried a 2x4 as an anchor for a mandatory rappel on the descent.

    The variations of it are referred to the North Gullies. Big lines. I believe Left N gully is manageable, itís the exit onto the glacier that is the crux. Right N gully is the real deal.

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    Not my TR:

    https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/to...ully-01022019/

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    Got up this morning and took the dog for a tour. Good times.

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    I do have photos but they are on my camera, will upload later. Was on the east moraine, actually had very little wind at the campsite on both the night of the 22nd and the 23rd. I used NF-3511 to access the far end of the cloud cap road and was able to ski down to 5000 ft along the ridge on a strip of snow with some short carries. Seems like a nicer way in then the slog up Tilly Jane, with no one else around. Although probably won't be good for much longer as that strip of snow is going to melt fast.

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    Thanks for the info T. Had no idea Coombs had skied it. Looks like Stephen Koch boarded the R gully in '93.

    Pulled from alpenglow:

    "Jan 1998, p. 18, Coombs, Doug, "Hood: Commitment on the NE Face"
    In late spring, 1997, the author skied the southerly of two couloirs on the NE face of Mt Hood. These couloirs are just north of the Cooper Spur route. The northerly chute was descended on snowboard five years earlier by Steve Koch. The author climbed to the summit from Timberline and kept in touch with a friend on the Cloud Cap side by radio. After a few hundred feet of turns at the top of the couloir, he encountered a sun crust and exchanged his ski poles for an ice axe. He sidestepped narrow ramps to pass two rock bands, then switched back to ski poles to ski the central portion of the couloir to a final rock step with 40-foot ice gully. Here he placed a rappel anchor to inspect the gully. Concluding that he could straight-run the gully, he climbed back up and pulled the anchor. While sidestepping back down with ice axe in hand, his skis scaped through to ice. He let go of his ice axe, schussed the ice gully, and made a high speed turn lower to stop. He switched to crampons to climb up and retrieve his ice axe, then completed the descent on skis, which required a ten-foot jump over the bergshrund. He called the route a "ski descent not a ski run.""

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacobmandell View Post
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    Nice man! Do you know the road status coming up from the south?
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    I'll be there."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SchralphMacchio View Post
    Nice man! Do you know the road status coming up from the south?
    Like pole creek? That’s all melted out, or south sister? Hwy is plowed and good to go.

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    has the ticket process at timberline worked out its kinks yet? i'm thinking we might see a lot of this approach at the resorts next winter..... at the beginning of the season at least.

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    Only time I've been to the north side of Mt Hood, my friend Cyril and I skied Cooper Spur. The Sandy Headwall and Sunshine Route have always interested me. It would be fun to look at the other lines being discussed if conditions seemed right.

    Quote Originally Posted by river59 View Post
    It would be an absolute puckerfest, imho. The Elliot headwall is a 50++ deg slope with tons of exposure. Several ice route variations have been used to ascend it. Most ski either looker's left (Cooper spur) or looker's right (sunshine/snow dome).

    I would be curious to see any TRs of any descents of the headwall proper. Seems like something Sky Sjue might have done?
    One month later edit: it turns out I *have* skied the Sandy Glacier Headwall, just didn't remember. But haven't skied NF gullies or Elliot HW!
    Last edited by Sky_Shoe; 06-25-2020 at 09:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacobmandell View Post
    Like pole creek? That’s all melted out, or south sister? Hwy is plowed and good to go.
    Highway's what I meant. I stopped paying attention to plowing updates 2 months ago and almost burned my skis out of angst after my April Lyngen trip got cancelled and I wasn't sure if I'd ever get a flight refund. I'm all good now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    has the ticket process at timberline worked out its kinks yet? i'm thinking we might see a lot of this approach at the resorts next winter..... at the beginning of the season at least.
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    Sylvain Saudan was the first to ski Hood.

    Quick google gave me this. I recall reading a much more detailed description Iíll try to find it.


    In 1970, he flew by helicopter to the summit of the Eiger and skied the north-west face. The following year, he was invited to North America to tackle a couloir on Mount Hood, Oregon, that had never even been climbed. Again he used a helicopter to access the slope, but a couple of wrong turns meant it was almost dark when he made it down to the group of journalists gathered below.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/s...er-impossible/
    Edit- much better piece that has pics of his line and details.
    https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2009/11/first_descents_hes_boldly_skie.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by river59 View Post
    I wondered if any other mags were up there! We're you camped near the stone shelter or over on the Elliot east moraine? The wind was howling up on the ridge in the evening! The upper spur looked pretty suspect through my scope. Got any photos of the slide?

    Photo of the end of a wet loose size two on Cooper Spur on the 24th. Debris split between the two fall lines on the face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steepconcrete View Post
    Sylvain Saudan was the first to ski Hood.

    Quick google gave me this. I recall reading a much more detailed description I’ll try to find it.




    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/s...er-impossible/
    Edit- much better piece that has pics of his line and details.
    https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/20...ldly_skie.html
    Sudan was the first to ski the Wy'east face/NC headwall. Hjalmar Hvam, Andre Roch, Arne Stene skied from the summit in '31.

    In the Cascade Ski Club's 1931 yearbook, Hvam wrote that they sidestepped all the way up the final chute. The author writes: "After resting in the lee of the fire lookout cabin, they skied back along the summit ridge to the top of the chute and sidestepped back down that pitch to where they resumed regular turns, occasionally side-slipping for safety. The nearly 1,000-foot steep chute, just west of the Crater Rock saddle, has been the scene of fatal falls."

    http://www.alpenglow.org/ski-history...n-2009-dec-19a
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    On that same trip, the three also set a RT record from Portland to summit and back. Probably while eating sausage, drinking only whiskey, and chain-smoking.

    "On April 26, 1931, Hjalmar Hvam and Arne Stene of the Cascade Ski Club, with Andre Roch, set a round-trip speed record from Portland to the summit of Mt Hood, using skis. They left 82nd and SE Division at 6:03 am and returned at 2:52 pm, for a total of 8 hours, 49 minutes. They put on skis halfway from Government Camp to timberline and made a complete ascent and descent on skis, probably the first in history, according to the author."

    http://www.alpenglow.org/ski-history...auer-1975.html

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    Nice! Thanks for that. Crazy that many sites and news stories have Sudan as the first descent.

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    IKR! I don't know what sounds sketchier. Sideslipping on huge heavy "skees" from the summit in leather boots, or dropping into the NC headwall on Hart 210s after a huge storm cycle! Both are pretty wild imo.

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    2019-20 - Oregon - it never snows here and when it does, it sucks

    Donít forget that Sudan skied down the wrong chute first and had to climb back out... I think he dropped into the hanging snowfield above black spider?

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    Anybody climbing Hood on Friday? Warmish temps, clear skies, and it's been a week since last precip. I was considering heading up and checking snow conditions up to the Hog, if the snow is feeling good, think about summiting. Freezing level's at about 13k though until Saturday.

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    Stay home, asshole.....

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