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 Post subject: Obstruction Point Olympic Mountains
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 12:33 am 
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With weather in Washington looking sour for the Cascades we decided our best chance for weather would be the Olympics. kjkrow=Kyle, Dan and Myself Kyle Miller went out to Observation point for a four day tour.

Everyday at my work I watch the sunrises over the Olympic Mountains but never really head that direction.
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The view from the Four Seasons in Seattle

After work on friday we all gathered up our gear and were heading towards Port Angeles by 4:00. After a long journey we made it up to Hurricane Ridge around sunset
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Sunset as we Head off

That night was a long trek in the dark on a sloped snow pack. We made it 6.5 of the 7.5 miles to Eagle Point and called it a night.
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The snowbank we called home the first night
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From Eagle point you can see the sound

The next morning we hiked the last mile out to observation point
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Hiking across the alpine

When we got there we dug out the bathroom and dropped off most of our gear inside. When we skinned up to the ridge we noticed a Solo Teleskier on top of a huge alpine bowl.
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When he saw us he dropped in
After some aplause it was our turn
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Dan dropping into the warm up run
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Kyle Miller next
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Checking whats behind the roller
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Dan goes for it
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Its steep but it goes through
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Kyle Miller Ripping through the Trees

We rode all the way down to Badger Valley then skinned out towards Elk Point which had some nice chutes on the North side
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Skinning out of the valley
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Up on the Ridge
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The View of Port Angeles

We had spotted the chute on our way up to Hurricane Ridge across the Valley
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Its the Rocky area on the mid left side
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Kyle Miller Dropping in
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Kyle kjkrow Next
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Then Dan
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Looking back up at our Lines
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Bootpacking back to the ridge

Then we finished it the day off with one last run into the badger Valley
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Kyle kjkrow Dropping in first
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Then Dan
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Then Kyle Miller

It had been a long hike so we rested for a few hours. For sunset we hiked up to obstruction point and watched the sunset before we rode back to basecamp
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The sunset from obstruction Point

Day 3

Instead of heading North like we did on Day 2 we went South towards the Grand Valley.
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Massive amount of Options
We passed up 3 alpine bowls on Our way to the Gand Valley so we could hit them on our way back.
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Dropping into the Grand Valley
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kjkrow going next
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Looking into the Grand Valley

We only went afew hundred feet into the valley then skinned back up to the ridge. Our next run was a beast
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kjkrow goes first
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Then Dan
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Then Kyle Miller
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Our Tracks on the beast
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Getting water from the lake
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Kyle Miller Dropping the face
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Dan Next
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Looking up at our run
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Our lines from across the valley

For our final run of the day Dan saw a ridge that he had wanted to ski
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kjkrow dropping over a roller
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Dan ripping the face
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Then lower on the face
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A quick bootpack out
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then it was resting for the long way home the next day
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The sunset

The last morning we woke up to rain and decided just to hike out instead of taking one last run. It turned out to be a good idea because when we got to the car it started Hailing and pouring
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 Post subject: Re: Obstruction Point Olympic Mountains
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 1:28 am 
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Kyle Miller wrote:
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Poor board! :P

Great TR guys, I am jealous. :(


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Kyle Dan and Kyle you guys rock. Looks like you found nice conditions meaning my getting sketched out on my last souting mission means I'm a wuss. You guys ripped it all up, like you had said before, there is a lot of terrain in that area. Way to make a great weekend of it all. Thanks for the invite, sorry I had made other plans for my b-day weekend. I see I missed a hell of a trip.

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Dang, you really beat me to it. Way to get this up so fast.

For curiosity's sake, I plotted everything out and did some math. My guess as to total distance is 25-26 miles, with around 10,700 feet of gain/loss. Totaling up the vert skiied puts us somewhere in the 7,500-8,000 feet range.

Good touring with you guys, and it looks like I can leave town right at 11:30 on Saturday. Right now, weather looks iffy to ok for Adams/Hood area.

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Wow, that area looks fun. Nice score on conditions too!


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damn, that looks like a great weekend.

lovin' this photo
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