Post subject: TR: I hear Crystal Mountain has no good backcountry ??
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:54 am
Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:40 pm Posts: 505
Well it does you just have to know where to go !
The lifts officially closed at Crystal on the 19th so as a farewell on some sort Dan and I made a predawn tour out past the southback to tackle a giant. The forecast called for a bluebird day with warm weather so we were expecting more corn like conditions then powder.
Skinning was fast other then the fact that Dan forgot his headlamp :nonono2: but the sun came out soon enough
Sourdough Gap, Mt Adams and Smoka peak
Rainier and the Crystal lakes Basin
Crown Point and Bear gap
The snow conditions made travel fast.
But in steeper areas it was more efficient to boot pack
The scenery was amazing
Naches peak, Chinook pass, and Yakima peak beyond 1/10 ridge
Our objective was Smoka peak otherwise called Shepard's peak
Condition's ranged from a few inches of pow to soft corn
Dan ripping the down the face
Myself hitting a sidewall
Looking back at smoka with our tracks
Then back into the Silver Basin for the Keg Tap
Its sad to see the lift closed looks like its spring touring season