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PNW Adventure: Update 3 - Rainier Nisqually Ice Cliff (2nd/3rd Descent)

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The Nisqually Ice Cliff on Mount Rainier has only been skied by one or possibly two parties in the past. This ski line is very rare because during most years there is not enough snow to bridge a large wall of rock and ice. Rumor has it that the line was first skied in the 1980's, but we know for sure it was skied roughly a month ago. Regardless of whether we were the 2nd or the 3rd party to ski the Nisqually Ice Cliff it was great to get such a rare opportunity.

See the whole TR with a LOT more pictures here.

And for a different perspective check out Samthaman\\\'s write-up on the adventure here. HUGE thanks to Sam for shooting so many great pics!

 

 

Great line.

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Great views.

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Great climb.IMG_5677.jpg

 

Great descent.

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Josh Smith (non-mag)

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Aaron Mainer (non-mag)

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Great day.

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icon14.gif Luv it!

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I ran across this picture that someone put up on Turns-All-Year. I thought it would help put the size into a little perspective. You can see us - the little dots - in the bottom left of the picture above the bergschrund.

 

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Thanks to Mick_Scott at TAY for shooting the photo. He said he saw us from below on the Muir snowfield and snapped this pic.

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Joel, that is beyond my comprehension. Way to get after it.

Be safe out there.

Mike
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Sick....!!!!!eek.gif

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See if the line looks familiar.  This mountain can have big teeth sometimes.  http://www.kirotv.com/news/28388113/detail.html

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See if the line looks familiar.  This mountain can have big teeth sometimes.  http://www.kirotv.com/news/28388113/detail.html



Yeah, I've been looking at as many photos as I can of that as well as watching the video repeatedly.  Flippin' HUGE!  The debris cloud on the lookers right climbs up thousands of feet.  The bulk of the snow/rock/ice comes right down our line on the Ice Cliff.  Pretty harrowing.  

 

I know that sort of thing can happen at any time, but when we skied it we were still in a much more winter-like climate so rock fall was significantly less everywhere.  It is a good thing that something like this hasn't happened on the DC or ID routes and their respective cleavers...yet.  I'm VERY thankful that this didn't happen anytime close to when we were on it!

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