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 Post subject: TR: I hear Crystal Mountain has no good backcountry ??
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:54 am 
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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
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Sourdough Gap, Mt Adams and Smoka peak
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Rainier and the Crystal lakes Basin
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Crown Point and Bear gap
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The snow conditions made travel fast.
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But in steeper areas it was more efficient to boot pack
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The scenery was amazing
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Naches peak, Chinook pass, and Yakima peak beyond 1/10 ridge
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Our objective was Smoka peak otherwise called Shepard's peak
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Condition's ranged from a few inches of pow to soft corn
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Dan ripping the down the face
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Myself hitting a sidewall
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Looking back at smoka with our tracks
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Then back into the Silver Basin for the Keg Tap
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Its sad to see the lift closed looks like its spring touring season

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 Post subject: Re: TR: I hear Crystal Mountain has no good backcountry ??
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:02 am 
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who the hell forgets their headlamp?!? :nononno:

nice sunrise pics as usuall.


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 Post subject: Re: TR: I hear Crystal Mountain has no good backcountry ??
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:39 am 
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Looks shitty! ;)

Great sunrise pics.


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