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TR: July Skiing, Mt. St. Helens - 07/01/08

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It's getting near the end of Volcano Season in the PNW so a group of us decided to make the drive over to St. Helens and get our last run in. It was a smokey day with all the fires in California sending their smoke our way. It was probably a good thing in one way as the filter caused by the smoke kept the snow pretty nice. We had awesome corn from the top down to about 4,800' and then just a little sticky from there down to around 4,200' where we ran out of skiing. Still, we had snow all the way to the Marble Mountain SnoPark lot. Climber's Bivouac was still closed so we had the extra vert and miles to cover. And now for the pictures...


5:17 AM...Does my camera really say this? Good God, I should still be sleeping....


And so it begins....Robert staring at his feet.

We have target acquisition.....


How can I be smiling? What was I thinking when I agreed to this???


Group shot at the crater rim


Inside the crater. Can't even see Spirit Lake with all the smoke.


Ah, now I remember why I climbed this thing...


Bob during the harvest


Another shot in front of the camera by a very big hole..


And yet a another shot...


Scott on the tele's


And back to the ranch for some food and some beers...


I've got some other good pictures but can't seem to get them to load onto Biglines. If I get it figured out, I'll add to this.

All in all, a great day in the mountains. Thanks to Rossignol and Back Country Access for providing us skis and skins. Three of us skied the new-for-next-year Rossi Phantom 80's and loved 'em. They sent their new Bandit Free Rando bindings with them and with the Low Fat skins from BCA, it was a sweet setup. I'll get some great use out of these next season.
post #2 of 14
That looks amazing!
post #3 of 14
Rip'n turns and great shots on an active Volcano in July. Did you tell your mom?
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. Three of us skied the new-for-next-year Rossi Phantom 80's and loved 'em. They sent their new Bandit Free Rando bindings with them and with the Low Fat skins from BCA, it was a sweet setup. I'll get some great use out of these next season.
We need a review of this gear!

Thanks for the great TR!
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Mt. St. HELENS TR

Goldmember, thanks for pics - trips to remember I envy you.:
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Thanks for the summer stoke!! More pictures please!!!
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Thanks for the summer stoke!! More pictures please!!!
Matt any smallmouth yet? Still to early to fish the St. Joe water too high. All that damn snow we got.
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Rip'n turns and great shots on an active Volcano in July. Did you tell your mom?
Uhh....no. But she'll know about it soon enough.
post #9 of 14
Could you elborate about the Snow wave in the backround it's unreal.:
post #10 of 14
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It's kind of unreal looking but basically, the lava ridge you see goes out pretty straight while the face we skied drops off like you see. The wave is the lee side from the predominant SW winds that hit the mountain and is essentially just a large cornice sitting on the ridge crest. It went out quite a ways and would have probably been about an 80-100' drop if you went out on the ridge.
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TR: July Skiing, Mt. St. Helens - 07/01/08



I switched most of the pictures over to Photobucket on this TR. This will also be part of a show, Northwest Ski Adventures, on NWCN and RSN next winter.


post #12 of 14
Wow! I'm jealous!
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This article on our climb/ski appeared in the Spokesman-Review, Spokane's daily newspaper yesterday:

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/sport...52957&page=all
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Great report Gold Member. Thanks!
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