Splitboard.com Forums

The World's first exclusive splitboard discussion forums






It is currently Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:43 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:40 pm
Posts: 532
The PNW has been off the hook for the past month with day after day of relentless storms becoming the snowiest March in 15 years. Conditions have been epic with constant accumulations in the double digits making backcountry days few and far between. Mid March we got a clearing between storms so I ran up to the famous slot Colouir with an Alpy local.
Looking back towards Alpental and Rainier
Image
Hiking on the Summit of Mt Snoqualmie getting ready to ski the slot.
Image
The entrance
Image
The conditions were good
Image
Image
Now fast forward a few weeks and there was another break in the Weather.
Amar Andalkar (http://www.skimountaineer.com/) and I went to Rainier to tackle the Ingraham direct route.
Skinning up the Muir snowfield with the Tatoosh in the background
Image
We stayed at the Muir Shelter and rested the next day preparing for our summit attempt. After a slow start we were skinning around 8:00
Sunrise over the Cowlitz glacier
Image
Sunrise alpenglow over the Tatoosh range and Mt Adams
Image
Mt Tahoma from Cathedral Gap at 10700 ft
Image
Amar skinning up the Ingraham direct route
Image
Skinning up Ingraham glacier (photo by Amar)
Image
At around 12’600 feet we switched over to crampons (photo by Amar)
Image
Skinning up to summit proper from the Crater (photo by Amar) Image
Amar standing on the Summit
Image
Looking East towards Crystal Mountain
Image
We decided to descend the Gib Chute a more direct line back to the Muir Shelter.
Snowboarding in the Summit Crater (photo by Amar)
Image
Snowboarding next to a Serac on the Nisqually Glacier (photo by Amar)
Image
Amar skiing with Tahoma in the Background
Image
Amar skiing over the rollover into the Gib Chute
Image
Looking down the Gib Chute (photo by Amar)
Image

The conditions in the Gib Chute was solid Ice with no room for Error so it was survival skiing until it softened up at the Apron

Amar Skiing the chute
Image
Snowboarding in the Gib Chute (photo by Amar)
Image
Looking back up the Gib chute (photo by Amar)
Image
Heading back to the Muir shelter with the Sun setting in the Background
Image
We rested until the early afternoon the next day to let the snow soften to Corn
Riding down the Muir Snowfield with the Gib Chute in the Background
Image
Looking back at the route on a Predawn tour the next day on the left side of Rainier
Image
For a MUCH better write up check Amar’s Trip Report
http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=12992.0

Thanks Amar I had a great time and I look forward to the spring touring Season

_________________
Shameless spam Trips and Gear Reviews


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:14 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:43 pm
Posts: 311
Location: Mill Creek, WA
Wow! Those are some amazing photos! The one of Alpy is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

_________________
A little song, a little dance, a little powder down your pants. -Chuckles the Clown


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:41 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:45 pm
Posts: 247
Location: Lakes Region, NH
:thatrocks:
good stuff.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:04 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:40 pm
Posts: 738
Location: Seattle
Nice work Kyle. Looked good.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:02 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:45 pm
Posts: 852
Location: hopefully not at work
Looks like a really sweet trip! :clap: :clap: :clap:

_________________
Chris

165 Venture Divide, Spark Franken-Burner, LaSportiva Spantik
163W Jones Solution, Phantom Alphas, Dynafit TLT5
162 Furberg


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:22 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:18 pm
Posts: 323
Location: Prius Hell
Nice work...march sure was something else


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:04 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:48 pm
Posts: 49
Location: Seattle
Wow!

If you want an intense description of the chute, check out Amar's report - made me swear to myself never to go down that:

http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=12992.0

Did you sideslip a lot of the chute? Sounds like turning much was out of the question.

:thumbsup:

_________________
The problem with people with no vices is that you can bet that they probably have some annoying virtues.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:30 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:40 pm
Posts: 532
ScottH wrote:
Wow!

If you want an intense description of the chute, check out Amar's report - made me swear to myself never to go down that:

http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=12992.0

Did you sideslip a lot of the chute? Sounds like turning much was out of the question.

:thumbsup:

It was sketchy to say the least. If you slipped you were going to ragg doll down the whole thing.
I side slipped with Ice Axe in hand until the Apron lowered in Angle.
There was NO room for mistakes
Thanks for all the kind comments they are greatly appreciated

_________________
Shameless spam Trips and Gear Reviews


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:21 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am
Posts: 583
Location: Oregon
Sweet - way to get after it! Nice photos and trip report! Nothing like fearing for your life on icy gnar and pulling it off! And the added bonus is that with all the snow here in the PNW,there should be some good late Spring tours :thatrocks:

_________________
"There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." - Theodore Roosevelt

www.splitboardoregon.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:26 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:18 pm
Posts: 939
Location: reiter hills
:clap: Respect.

That's some serious shit. Way to bridge the gap with the ski mountaineering crowd.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:04 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:56 pm
Posts: 475
Location: Meyers, CA
Nice work.

Thanks for sharing.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:12 pm
Posts: 1598
Location: Now Oaktowntastic
I think there should be some kind of smiley with its eyes bugging out for shots like this:
Image

Wow! I liked the sunrise shots too.

_________________
Storn


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Mt Rainier: Gib Chute via Ingraham direct
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:26 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am
Posts: 1506
Location: 395
B.A. BARACUS! :headbang:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  





Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group