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  1. #1
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    Exclamation TR: Bring the sexy back- North Face of Mt. Shuksan, WAaarshington 7.14.2007

    Date: 7.14.2007
    Sufferfest Participants: Lani, Sq99, Rudolph
    Objective: Mt. Shuksan, North Face - Near Mt. Baker, Washington
    Elevation: 9700' Summit (ski descent starts about 8400')
    Descent: 2700' feet
    Exposure? Take your pick

    Bringing the Sexy Back



    Well, it's not quite a 14'r. Actually it's only a WA 9'r... and our line starts about 8200'


    Music Today: sponsored by our ever-enthusiastic devil Skier666:


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    Must be that early alpine start time of "whatthefuckoclock?"


    I ask about the adventurous approach. Lani laughs. He looks at this "road" and says "sometimes you get lucky."


    Wow, we must be really lucky today!


    Squirrel practices tai-chi


    Oh thank God it opens up (sort of)


    But what is that I spy underneath the trees? DEVILS CLUB! arrggh.
    In the everlasting words from Hop, "RETREAT!!!"


    After a couple hours of steep forest climbing, we finally reached the a ridgeline and the snow. Finally, our objective comes into play- and for the first time, I feel that cold gulp in my stomach as I think about what's ahead.


    The ascent -

    Okay, double check the crampons and make sure i'm locked in. Axe, check. Moving forward, a green light was needed with each step.




    Up close and personal - our next step after the crevasse field was up and over this short but steep & narrow chute




    Did I forget to mention these faces were not only 100% exposed, but steep?


    A precarious rest stop allowed us to take in the lofty views


    Baker to the West


    yes, the glorious summit! I think I see LeeLau & Shirk biking in the Coast Range...


    Are you pumped yet?!!! Let's DO IT!


    Rudolph drops in first, Price Lake below


    North Cascades action shot


    Does this make you feel like you're leaning over the edge a bit?


    Lani likes to get high


    to stay cool in the summertime


    Squirrel enjoys quiet walks, red wine, networking, and skiing big steep faces of wide open corn




    Chris enjoys the company of steep narrow chutes with crevasse exposure below


    I think I spy Lani


    Squirrel getting thirsty


    Lani


    Ahh yes, looks like a Rudolph


    Lani enjoying the cornucopia
    Last edited by Squirrel99; 10-26-2009 at 09:40 PM.

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    Squirrel says July corn is almost as good as December pow...almost.


    Mmmm, Squirrel likes the arc


    Lani leads the procession home


    Another couple hours of adventure awaited. Both my feet blistered up, each step downward like stinging needles. Upon reaching a large river crossing, I welcomed the opportunity to wade across. We meandered a bit off path- and ended up climbing back to the White Salmon lodge. I've never been so happy to get out of the woods. That was at 9:45pm. Today, I've gone through two bottles of the "stop itching you motherfucker" lotion and a month's supply of neosporin & blister bandaids. But it was worth it.

    A line with significant, relenting exposure. For Rudolph and I- it was exhilarting. For Lani, it was just another day in the Park.

    Another look back at the line from a different perspective
    Last edited by Squirrel99; 07-17-2007 at 11:31 AM.

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    awesome TR and great pictures.

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    Thumbs up

    a ski epic in july. nice!

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    Sweet TR!

    That looks like all kinds of fun.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    FKNA! Love it. Nice work gentlemen.
    ...Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain...

    "I enjoy skinny skiing, bullfights on acid..." - Lacy Underalls

    The problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them.

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    WOW !!!! Sick TR

    July skiing is definitely sicker and longer than what I did in the East this month.

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    Nice work!

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    Thanks for the much needed stoke.

    I have a watercolor painting of Shuksan that my grandfather painted and sent to me when I was in college. It is a beautiful mountain.

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    cas-co-licious!
    Elvis has left the building

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    Uh, there's a word for this kind of thing........wish I could think of it.
    Try to keep two ideas in your head at the same time without blowing your brains out your ass.

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    That is awesome.

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    Nice one! This is my favorite photo:


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    Bad.

    Ass.

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    Thumbs up

    Bad Ass indeed.


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    after two years of seeing this TR, i'm making a point of getting up there next summer. summertime exposure is kick ass.

    noicely done again.

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    Paging Sick Bird.

    `•.¸¸.•´><((((º>`•.¸¸.•´¯`•.¸.•´¯`•...¸><((((º>

    "Having been Baptized by uller his frosty air now burns my soul with confirmation. I am once again pure." - frozenwater

    "once i let go of my material desires many opportunities for playing with the planet emerge. emerge - to come into being through evolution. ok back to work - i gotta pack." - Slaag Master

    "As for Flock of Seagulls, everytime that song comes up on my ipod, I turn it up- way up." - goldenboy

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    fuckin sick summer fun

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    I think this TR needs a Sickbird and Marv Albert appearances. Does anyone keep the stoke flowin' like the rodent? I think not. Excellent warm up for Lenas my friend!
    "In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair." -Emerson

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    FKNA July Stoke! Great to see some actual TR's right now.



    These two shots make me drool:





    Corntastic and a Beautiful sufferfest.
    Move upside and let the man go through...

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    Wow! Awesome TR. Please tell me this is not as hairy as it looks. What if you had lost your balance or slipped?!.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrel99 View Post
    Drooooolllllll! Nice work!

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    Holy cockadoodle FUCK

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    SICK, seriously. Awesome TR.

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