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
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
An avalanche ripping down Liberty Direct while we rested at thumb rock.
Nomad passing seracs on the Carbon Glacier
Leaving with Liberty Ridge dead center on Rainier
Changing gears to Mt. Snoqualmie on a tour of Crooked/Slot Double Shot!
Nomad dropping at least 20ft into Crooked Couloir
Nomad with a nice carve in the sun on Crooked Couloir
Moving on to the North Cascades
Myself with a good vantage point for a panorama shot
Patrick learning to ski with the Tripplets, Cascade Peak and Johannesburg inorder from left to right in the background.
Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Sahale with Mt. Buckner back right
Nomad approaching the summit of Mt. Sahale
Myself making some turns down the north couloir of Buckner. I quickly turned around and rejoined Nomad on the summit due to icy conditions.
Nomad enjoying corn on the SW face of Buckner
Myself rejoining the Sahale Arm with Buckner as the backdrop
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:
As I wrote in the previous TR, my axe technique involved the following:
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.