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 Post subject: June 3/4, 2006 - Mt Rainier - St Elmo's Pass / Glacier Basin
PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:24 am 
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Lara thrashing some corn below St Elmo's Pass...
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Like snowpack in the rain, our original plan to climb and slide something in the Olympics were washed away with the weekend forecast. And with the unexpected departure of Greg, the remaining four Eli, Lara, Derek and myself decided on an overnighter somewhere else.

By 10:30am our group was making the hike to Glacier Basin under mostly sunny skies with clouds looming around.
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Due to obstacles such as down trees and streams we opted to boot.
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One could skin on mostly continuous, dirty snow from about a mile and quarter in. We all found ourselves skinning the last 1/2 to 3/4 mile along the creek into Glacier Basin.
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Being aware of the possible weather coming in we ditched our gear and decided to camp here instead of higher up at Curtis or Schurman.

As I rounded the base of Mt Ruth the Inter Glacier came into view. More tracks than I can shake a stick at.
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Boot, glissade, skis, one board, skin you name it. Oh well to St Elmo's we go! Eli, Lara and Derek took advantage of the bootpack up to the pass while I took comfort in skinning and the fact that we wouldn't cross any tracks but our own on the way down. Lara, Derek and myself all found a rock to marinate on and watch the incoming weather while Eli took some snow samples for analysis.
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Hmmm...corned to perfection, he exclaimed upon return. The surface was mostly corn'd snow with patches of variable in transition. All atop a smooth, firm base. No major instability issues. Only some pinwheels, sluffs where snow was in transition and bonded poorly and point releases near cliff bands/rocks. Also worth noting were that slide paths were only observed on slopes, mostly chutes 30 degrees and steeper. So we all enjoyed a 1500ft run back down to camp before the weather eventually turned to crap.

In the meantime...back at camp musta been a party. My sweet'n spicy tuna, 2 ramen, bandito scramble and strawberry granola lye spread out over the snow all buffet style. Some of my gear was even moved about. Glad I packed my flask. Well before I could grab an ice axe to go hunt, the culprit was discovered. No tracks is a good indicator. Damn camprobbers! Were's my probe! I'm gonna have some skewers tonight! So here's to Eli, Lara and Derek for bringin the extra food and sharing.

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I'm sure you guys enjoyed the kitchen and bench w/ back rest that I carved outta snow in return.
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So why should the fun stop there. Shortly after dinner Eli and I were planning on taking a run but it started to drizzle. Better save the legs for tomorrow. Later that night it started to pour. And into morning it continued. Is there anything left in the flask? It rained so hard that we could barely hear each other. For some reason all I could do was laugh. Eli and I stayed pretty dry but it was straight up Noah's efin arc in Lara and Derek's tent. Suprised I didn't see them drift outta there tent. Sounded like 2 kids in the pool. Yeah they got soaked! Well if it makes you feel any better Lara and Derek, I was lucky enough to only have 5 inches of water in one of my boot and a few in the other. Kinda had a yellow tint though. Eli you'd better not have pissed in my boot! :evil: :wink: :lol:

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Eli
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Lara
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Moon n Ruth
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Hope we get a better weather window for our climb/ride from the summit in 2 weeks. We spoke with a group that got pinned for 6 days by 100mph winds and 6ft of new snow on Liberty Ridge. Well gonna head back this weekend to tend to some unfinished business up there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:37 pm 
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Good luck on a summit! It's a long hike to take snowboard gear. Which route are you planning on? Emmons? Fuhrer Finger looks like a real fun route which isn't much harder. Anyway keep us posted!! We need more big lines represented from WA.


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Kyle were planning on Emmons. Right now it looks pretty direct and filled in. Yeah Fuhrer Fingers would be a good one too. Right now the avi danger is too great for a summit attempt. Hope the snow consolidates.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:48 am 
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Sweet pics!
I'll be in a party of four (one splitter with three AT skiers) from Bozeman MT at Rainier the weekend of the 17-18th of this month.


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Will which side are you summiting from? South or North? Right now there doing construction at Paradise (south side or to access Muir) so the upper lot is closed. If you go this route get there early or the night of cause there's limited parking at the visitor center. I would stick to the Whiteriver entrance (north side). If the weather window is a bust and you need an alternative get a hold of me.

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We're planning on taking the Emmons Winthrop route, so we'll be entering in Whiteriver like you did. We've got our fingers crossed for good weather and good avy conditions up high. Thanks for the offer on the alternate route.


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Nice pics. How the hell did you guys dry out? Or did you just do the soggy walk home?


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Soggy walk to car. At least creek crossings didn't matter anymore. :lol:

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