Splitboard.com Forums

The World's first exclusive splitboard discussion forums






It is currently Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:27 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 8:12 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am
Posts: 584
Location: Oregon
I headed down to southern Oregon with Ron to explore some terrain I hadn't been to yet. For the past couple of seasons I've been meaning to ride Mt McLoughlin, but for one reason or another I just didn't get around to making the trip. After riding the mountain on Friday, I think I've been missing out.

After a long drive down I-5 on Thursday, we spent the night at the summit snowpark where only a few snow patches were remaining. The next morning we hit the trail around 7:00. After a half mile of hiking we came across a ski trail....

Image

Around 5600 feet the snow became nearly continuous and we got our first glimpse of the objective.....

Image

Looking back to the south, Brown Mountain and Mt Shasta were visible....

Image

After several hours of climbing, we gained the southeast ridge...

Image

We were able to skin to within about 300 feet of the summit before switching to boots. Crampons and ice axes weren't needed, but would have come in handy had it not corned on the approach. Here's a shot of Ron on the summit

Image

The northeast and north bowls were super enticing, but will have to wait for another trip. I definitely think they rank up there with some of the best the cascades have to offer. It's just a hell of a long traverse or climb back out of there. Here's a shot looking down the north bowl from the top. The photo doesn't show it, but the slope angle is between 40-50 degrees most of the way down.....

Image

We lingered around the summit for a half hour or so enjoying the sunshine. Surprisingly, there was little to no wind.

Image

The snow on the south side of the summit was corn, and a few inches away on the north side was a combo of hardpack/packed powder. Shasta was visible to the south, and to the north we could barely make out the Sisters. Our descent was in the Southeast Face proper, and the corn turns were amazing! The first couple thousand feet were some of the best corn I've had in recent memory. The pitch off the top is very consistent and perfect for ripping big turns. Here's a few shots of the action....by the way, Ron makes all his own skis....

Image

Image

We rode down the face and to the bottom of the avalanche runout, stopping at an elevation near 6100 feet, making for 3400 feet of turns. Here's a zoom shot looking back at the upper mountain and our tracks in the sunshine...

Image

Heading back to the car proved a bit cumbersome, since we had a decent traverse to get back to the east side of the mountain. Lots of lava flows in the area slowed our progress, as did hiking through and over intermittent snow. I swear every time we thought we were nearing the trailhead, we'd come across another damn lava flow that needed to be skirted around. Seriously I thought it might never end....

Image

Finally, the never ending slog ended, and we arrived back at the snowpark, where we enjoyed a couple of hard earned cold beers! I left for home later that evening, while Ron stayed for another day to check out some other options in the area. Turns out FS road 3650 was plowed up towards Fourmile Lake (our beta from the ranger said it was snow covered), which would have saved us a couple of miles on the approach! The mountain will probably be in good shape for turns for several more weeks, so get out and get some! Parting shot of the mountain from Medford on Friday evening....

Image

_________________
"There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." - Theodore Roosevelt

www.splitboardoregon.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 9:37 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am
Posts: 1110
Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
LOL...I'm in Ashland now. Was thinking of hitting it up on Wednesday. Thanks for the beta on Fourmile! Stoked you got to ride it finally. I know exactly what you're talking about on that slog out. The thing is, below treeline, that SE face actually starts to curve further and further south, making your traverse back longer and longer.

Got my eye on that NE face via fourmile. How bad were the skeeters?

_________________
"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
-Sinclair Lewis


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 9:47 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am
Posts: 584
Location: Oregon
Oddly enough didn't see one 'skeeter. That could change by next week though. The beta I got on the road was that it was plowed by the company which maintains the canal from Fourmile (apparently they were doing some work on the canal somewhere between the lake and the highway). I don't know for certain if it's plowed to the lake, but I believe you can get to the TH. Sounded like it was plowed about 12 feet wide with snow banks on either side (but not necessarily anywhere to park?). Should be melting out some though now with all the hot weather!

Hope you score on the NE bowl. That thing is sick and prime right now :thatrocks:

_________________
"There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." - Theodore Roosevelt

www.splitboardoregon.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 6:22 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:44 pm
Posts: 712
Location: The Magic City
Looks like an awesome descent!

_________________
http://mtsplitski.wordpress.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:26 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:10 am
Posts: 1204
Location: Denver
Sweet Corn!

_________________
Phantom Bindings
Furberg Split 167
Furberg Freeride Split 164


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:44 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:57 am
Posts: 143
Location: Above the clouds
Nice one! I'm flying high on everyone's Oregon volcano stoke. Sun, no wind, and big lines. I'm lovin' this May! :guinness:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:12 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:15 pm
Posts: 691
Location: Tahoma, Ca
OREGON! OREGON! OREGON!

_________________
www.tahoemobileskirentals.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 11:51 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am
Posts: 1515
Location: 395
Rad! :headbang:
You got any more beta photos looking down the north side???


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 1:46 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am
Posts: 584
Location: Oregon
BGnight wrote:
Rad! :headbang:
You got any more beta photos looking down the north side???


sick lines in there....

Image

Image

_________________
"There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." - Theodore Roosevelt

www.splitboardoregon.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:02 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am
Posts: 1110
Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
Wow dude, I just noticed lake of the woods is snowcovered!

I've NEVER been able to skin right from the car there in the springtime! I hope I can find a place to park on the road up to fourmile! Life would be so much easier skinning from the car, and getting to ride/splitski all the way back! Maybe even enough effort saved to justify the reascent back after riding the North face :-)

Sorry....Brooks and I exchanged a couple emails, so now I'm all stoked about it!

Brooks, I probably have some photos of the north facing lines from last year somewhere in my digital garage. But I'll take some more for ya on Wednesday...unless of course you suck it up and meet me there!

_________________
"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
-Sinclair Lewis


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:09 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am
Posts: 1110
Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
Any Oregonian/Shastamurian splitters want to meet me up there on Wednesday?

_________________
"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
-Sinclair Lewis


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 5:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:02 pm
Posts: 256
Location: OR
Excellent TR! I drove past Mt Pitt a couple times this weekend. Each time talking to my wife about how awesome it would be up there. Sadly, this wasn't a board weekend but I'm happy to hear you got some! Gotta get out now. :thumpsup:

_________________
"For future reference, the time is now."


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt McLoughlin, Southeast Face
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:54 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:47 pm
Posts: 36
Location: Eugene, OR
Nice!
You had me laughing at the "another damn lava flow" comment. Completely reminded me of ending up in the wrong drainage coming off Diamond one time and battling rhododendron forests from hell.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 5 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  





Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group