Forums Trip Reports Recap of the past 6 months (Warning 100 pics) Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total)Author Posts September 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm #575270 Kyle Miller 510 PostsWell there is so many places that I could start this thread at but I decided to go with one of my favorite lines this entire season. A peak that goes by the name of Bandit in the “Middle of nowhere” North Cascades!Yep that line goes and its called the Black Hole Couloir! Every time I tour with Ale Capone it is guaranteed to be a adventure! 4000 Vertical feet of straight fall line! I had been waiting for this moment for years! Early in the season I came up with a project to ride lines on the 10 highest Peaks in Washington which seemed overwhelming but with a full spring I felt it would be possible, that is until I got a email and great opportunity. Sweetgrass productions was filming a movie called Solitaire and they were wondering if I wanted to go to South America for two months. Without hesitation I said I would be honored. Little did I realize that I was heading down for the months of June and July (which were prime corn season in the PNW) so almost immediately after getting the message I was out in the middle of nowhere attempting these peaks during the months of April and May.Mt. Fernow is number 8 at 9,249 feet. Completed on April 15th Bonanza Peak is number 6 at 9,511. Completed on April 17th Photo by Lowell SkoogMt. Stuart is number is number 7 at 9,415. Completed on April 22nd Mt. Goode is number 9 at 9,200. Completed on May 1st Mt. Baker is number 4 at 10,781. Completed on May 9th Mt. Shuksan is number 10 at 9,131. Completed on May 10th Glacier Peak is number 5 at 10,520. Completed on May 19th Little Tahoma is number 3 at 11,138. Completed on May 24th By the time that I said goodbye to the U.S. I had 8 out of the 10 peaks completed leaving both Rainier and Mt Adams for when I returned back to the states on July 22ndWelcome to La Paz Bolivia at a altitude of 12,500 feet in the valley! After a few days of acclimatizing we made our way out to Huayna Potosi. This giant 19,974 foot peak is a one hour drive from town. The graves are open so the spirits can roam freely! The colossal giant in the distance! I was fortunate to partner up with rock star Ski Mountaineer Kim Havell. The landscape was like nothing I had ever seen. Looking out among a 15,000 foot plateau and La Paz in the canyon. Conditions were bullet proof ice, which made for great climbing but not so great snowboarding. Looking down among the Bolivian Andes and the Amazon Fainforest This was the view from our basecamp where we stayed for 5 days. Once arriving back to La Paz I noticed I had a toothache. It turned out that I needed to get a root canal which put me out for a full week. The whole time I was at the hotel I had this picture above my head to comfort me. While I missed out on some amazing stuff I did get to witness the Gran Poder which is the party of the year in town. This parade lasted 16 hours. A week later everyone was back and we were off to the next adventure in a small village town called Sajama named after the volcano in the backround which happens to be the highest peak in Bolivia at 21463 Our focus was the peak on the right Pomerape. The peak to the left is Parinacota. The weirdest thing about these volcanoes was there was no streams. Instead of melting these glaciers were evaporating. Our home for the next 4 days. Climbing at 20,000 feet is brutal but the views are amazing. I was so beat this was the only photo I managed to take. Night after night we would get amazing sunsets. but before long it was time to say goodbye to everyone. Some people went back to the states, one went to Argentina and I went to Lake Titicaca According to Inca legend this area was the birthplace of the sun and the moon. Looking down at Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca My next stop was Cuzco Peru. At one time this was the Inca capital. but the Spanish came in and tore down the temples and made churches over them. This was the Inca Sun Temple which was made out of gold but all that remains is the foundation. Cuzco is now the Catholic capital of South America and I happened to be there on the day of Corpus Cristi otherwise known as the Walking of the Saints. From there I took a train through what the Inca referred to as the Sacred Valley to a small town called Aguas Caliente. Which was at the base of Machu Picchu One can’t help to be blown away by how they built on such steep mountains and such AMAZING temples like the temple of the Three Windows The Temple of the Sun The Temple of the Moon and the Temple of the Condor While there I climbed the surrounding mountains. Here is a view from Hyanni Picchu Machu Picchu mountain and the Sun Gate. The switchbacks are the road that take buses by the thousands up everyday. I quickly realized the better the stonework the more sacred the area was My next stop was Ollantaytambo which was the final stronghold of the Incas versus the Spanish. This was the only place where the Inca defeated the Spanish and saved Machu Picchu which was 20 miles downstream. My last morning in Peru I watched the sunrise in Cuzco before boarding the plain. I landed in Santiago Chile where I had a blast for three days watching the Copa Cup and drinking Pisco Sours with a bunch of rowdy Chileans. Good times!Then I was off to Las Lenas Argentina to meet back up with my friends from Sweetgrass. When I got there it hadn’t snowed for weeks and the snowpack was nonexistent. Here is Las Lenas peak. All the rumors are true, the El Marte Chair is Crazy! but we made the most of it and hiked. Once in the highcountry we realized we were just at the foothills of the Andes. We hiked day after day until sunset. Once Ryland Bell got into town there was rumor of a huge storm coming in but wanting to stretch his feet we did some hiking for turns. Ryland is the man! and then the snow arrived! Almost three feet of it! After that we skinned everywhere. Stoked that the snow dropped somewhat heavy to put down a solid base. Finally pow turns in South America The wind dictates everything in the Andes where one bowl could be 10 feet deep the next bowl has no snow. Here Ryland bootpacks up a steep couloir with a part of Las Lenas in the background. Our goal for the trip and my final day was focused on Cerro Martin one of the biggest peak in the area. but the peaks beyond that went on forever. This was final and by far the best run in South America So I said goodbye and boarded a plane home to Seattle. Where two days later I focused my attention on Mt. Adams Which is number 2 at 12,276 feet Compleated on July 24th Then Mt. Shasta via the Hotlum Wintum route. Luckily I was used to hanging out at 14,000 feet. Next was Rainier Which is number 1 at 14,410 Which I summited on August 1st finally completing my Ten Highest Peaks project. Then a few days later I went back to Mt. Adams with Jason to celebrate him completing the goal as well. On August 13th I took my final turns of the season off the summit of Mt. Baker. It was time to put the splitboard away and do some hiking during our traditional “Two Weeks of Summer” I explored some areas on the north side of Mt Rainier like Grand Park and checked out different alpine terrain. Trying to camp in areas where I would get a great view of the sunset. Looking down on Puget Sound. Looking at Rainier and Spray Park in the foreground. The Massive Willis Wall. In total the hike was five days half of which I did solo and the other half with my friend Boot.My next trip was a 10 hike with another good friend Skier Dan. We started off on the western edge of Glacier Peak Wilderness. and passed familiar peaks like Sloan to the right and Kyes which Ale Capone and I had rode the previous year to the left. Our first camp was Lake Byrne which since the floods of 2003 is only accessible via a 11 mile hike. Its September 1st and this lake is at 5,500 feet. This was the only cloudy day of the trip but luckily Glacier Peaks west side came out for a few minutes. This area is now abandoned and all of the bridges are gone. So we carefully made our way to the Pacific Crest Trail Looking at the Northeast side of Glacier Peak Heading into the Fire Creek Pass area there is some amazing and steep alpine terrain. That night we camped up at Fire Creek Pass and watched the sun set to the west. Mica Lake still frozen on September 3rd. If the area wasn’t so brutal and inaccessible there is amazing terrain out there. and that terrain goes on forever. If you ever have a chance you MUST check out Dolly Vista. Its one of the most scenic places I have ever been to. Here Dan is crossing over Cloudy Pass which is the crest of the Cascades. Welcome to Eastern Washington and the Lyman Lakes We spent two nights in Stehekin (Thanks Keith) which is the coolest town in the world before saying goodbye. Here Dan is crossing Park Creek Pass. After one sketch log cross and 23 miles of hiking down valley we were back to civilization. Its been a amazing 6 months and I feel very fortunate to be in the situation I am in. I hope you enjoyed the adventure. and with that here is a sunset shot I took at Mt. Rainier on the night before my summit day.Oh and I just got my September Turns putting me up at 107 consecutive months.A lot of these adventured were filmed for the upcoming Documentary from Crest productions Called FreeRiderI would like to thank Jason Hummel,Scott McAlister, Don Bounty, Jessie Rowe, Amar Andalkar, Chris Gallardo, Ben Sturgenowski, Micheal Brown, Kathy Crestensen, Robert Crestensen, Nick Wagner, Everyone at Eddie Bauer/First Ascent, Smith Optics, Will Ritter, The Karakorum Brothers, The Peeps at Venture, Burton, Voile, Chimera, Lib, and Smith September 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm #642743 jcm 34 Posts:bow: Incredible and thanks for posting. Your travels are an inspiration. So which splitter is your favorite or does it all depend on conditions? September 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm #642744 PedroDelfuego 758 PostsWow Kyle… WOW! :thumpsup:It should be “HowInTheWorld” does Kyle Miller do it? September 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm #642745 UPGRAYEDD_2505 127 PostsNice job. That Black Hole Couloir looks classic.Now go watch some TV and drink lot of beer ;). September 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm #642746 swanny 189 PostsI want to be Kyle…except for the root canal! :thatrocks: September 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm #642747 Rico in AZ 559 PostsWow. Not much else to say, except simply AMAZING!Way to keep it real too. September 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm #642748 Kyle Miller 510 Posts@jcmarechal wrote:Your travels are an inspiration. So which splitter is your favorite or does it all depend on conditions?Thanks man from what I have seen each split has its conditions that it excels in. I may make it down to Hood sometime soon and give peeps the opportunity to try some splits out if people would be interested. @PedroDelfuego wrote:Wow Kyle… WOW! :thumpsup:It should be “HowInTheWorld” does Kyle Miller do it?The simple answer is by living my life day to day and just trusting that fate will take me in the right path.The long answer is running from debt collectors 😆 @UPGRAYEDD_2505 wrote:Nice job. That Black Hole Couloir looks classic.Now go watch some TV and drink lot of beer ;).It is for sure a classic. Looks like you have been representing us Cascadians quite well down in the Sierras keep it up and I look forward to your stoke. @swanny wrote:I want to be Kyle…except for the root canal! :thatrocks:Thanks, whats crazy it I had 12 hours of dentist work without painkillers for a total cost of 135 US$ @ricorides wrote:Wow. Not much else to say, except simply AMAZING!Way to keep it real too.Thanks man things are easier then they were a year ago but contrary to popular belief my diet still consists of Top Ramen :nononno: September 26, 2011 at 1:32 am #642749 numbernine 104 Postsnice work kyle! looking forward to checking out the films! September 26, 2011 at 3:59 am #642750 stoudema 551 PostsAwesome stoke Kyle! It’s hard to contemplate all the work you got done in the past six months but it looks like you’ve been killing it. Looking forward to seeing the movie! September 26, 2011 at 5:41 am #642751 fitit 343 PostsThank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review of the last several months! September 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm #642752 ale_capone 864 PostsAwesome 6 months Kyle!Love the culture you added to this report. I’m a huge fan of architecture, and more so, good stone work. Crazy how much skill them guys had, and what they could produce without power tools.Looking forward to the Solitude and Freerider premeires. September 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm #642753 Killclimbz 1165 PostsGood stuff Kyle! Looking forward to Freerider for sure! September 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm #642754 bs. 246 Postsdamn! nice work; that’s my kind of summer!i’ve been thinking about that “black hole” line ever since ale_capone told me the story back in june.i may have missed the PNW premiere of “the art of flight”, but i’m sure not gonna miss solitude or freerider.hurry up, winter!! October 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm #642755 powderjunkie 1669 Poststotally rad and inspirational Kyle. Keep it up!! October 29, 2011 at 3:02 am #642756 Maxwell Graham 19 PostsYou sir, are a huge inspiration. Keep up the good work. I’m up in the Olympics and Cascades all the time (without a splity (poor)). Hopefully I’ll have the chance to talk to you sometime! :headbang: Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total)You must be logged in to reply to this topic.