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 Post subject: WA Picture Report for May
PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 12:12 am 
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Nomad and I left Bozeman in the begining of May, heading west towards the mountains. I just got a camera cable to upload the images so here they come......Oh and sorry no TR's to explain all the trips.

First stop Vantage

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Nomad Cleaning a rock route at Vantage on the Drive to Seattle. Quick lunch break!

Second stop Mt. Rainier

The next five are all of Nomad ripping apart Liberty Ridge on Mt. Rainier
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An avalanche ripping down Liberty Direct while we rested at thumb rock.

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Nomad passing seracs on the Carbon Glacier

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Leaving with Liberty Ridge dead center on Rainier

Changing gears to Mt. Snoqualmie on a tour of Crooked/Slot Double Shot!

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Nomad dropping at least 20ft into Crooked Couloir

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Nomad with a nice carve in the sun on Crooked Couloir

Moving on to the North Cascades

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Myself with a good vantage point for a panorama shot

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Patrick learning to ski with the Tripplets, Cascade Peak and Johannesburg inorder from left to right in the background.

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Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Sahale with Mt. Buckner back right

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Nomad approaching the summit of Mt. Sahale

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Myself making some turns down the north couloir of Buckner. I quickly turned around and rejoined Nomad on the summit due to icy conditions.

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Nomad enjoying corn on the SW face of Buckner

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More corn

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Myself rejoining the Sahale Arm with Buckner as the backdrop


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SICK!!!!!
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You guys rock! 8)

Thanks for consistently bringing us the stoke. Great pics.

Seconded on nomad's air too.....SICK! :)


That route does sure beg to be skied too.
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Fanfunkintastic-Way to be on the journey boyz...great photos of the Endless Winter...what is next on your list?

Mad props!

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 8:04 am 
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And the number of sweet lines on Buckner!! Holy shit. The whole mountain has kick ass lines. The summit lines, the big steep bowl with several hits, and then some narrow as couloirs to lookers right.

Are your lines in the photo?

Nice bluebird sky. Let's hope you had some sunscreen. Good commitment on the tree climbing pano shot.

and yeah, nice 20+ footer with speed Nomad.


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Wow! You guys truly tear it up. Nice work! With the snowpack here melting out before our eyes, it's good to see the coverage up there, especially after last year.


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The wait for the Kyle/Nomad TR is over & as usual kicks ass!!


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These pictures are like crack to me :shock:

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Way to get after it guys.

Too bad the North Couloir was too icy; that's a sweet, sweet line. BUT it looks like you had it plenty good on the Southwest Face, which is another beauty I haven't had the pleasure to ski yet myself.

If you're still in the neighborhood and looking for fresh Cascade Pass peaches you should drop me a line. As always, I have unfinished business...


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you guys are incredibly fucking awesome.

looks like you had fun too. :D


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You guys are awesome - I'm really stoked that you post such rad stuff on this site. If Nomad ever checks in, I'd be interested in hearing about how he uses his ice axes during the descent. I couldn't help noticing his dual axe, spike-down style. I don't know if this move has a name yet:

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I propose "Freddy Kruger Air."


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Thanks for posting Kyle!

As I wrote in the previous TR, my axe technique involved the following:

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My technique for riding down involved a technical ice tool in my left hand and mountaineering axe in my right. If I came to an unexpected icy section, I would swing my technical tool into the snow, throw a picket in, use my mountaineering axe to chop steps, attach my board to my anchor, then gingerly take it off and use the steps to put my crampons on. Oh to not have hardboots...


Those photos with the dual axes really do look ridiculous. We didn't end up encountering ice on the way down, so it wasn't really necessary. I would have held the technical axe at its handle, but felt awkward doing so. The mountaineering axe was held like that for potential self arrest. It appears that I'm ollieing because I was doing some sort of jump turn.... "Freddy Kruger Air" indeed.

I would've really liked to tag the north couloir on Buckner, but another couple hours would be necessary for it to get soft. It was already 1pm when we rode the SW face. We still would have had to negotiate one of the rotten snow/rock notches on Boston for the return. Amazingly, it was the only slope anywhere in the vicinity that was icy. However, the SW face was sweeeeeet corn. It went well with the George Clinton & Parliament tunes reverberating in my head from the previous night.

Oh, and the bootpack up the runnels/debris on the north face was interesting as well. Good times.

Kyle in Crooked
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Booting up slot
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 5:13 pm 
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I skied the North Couloir with powder conditions, like so...

Because of the walls on both sides and steep north-facing aspect, it might not get enough sun to regularly turn to corn. Who knows? Sounds like you made the best of it.

I have similar theories about the couloir above the Ice Cliff.

Couloirs with powder in winter, faces with corn in spring? Whatever lets you git 'er done. Nice work though fellas.


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