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    Mumbles
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    Today I hooked up with Chronicles of Gnarnia and we returned to the accessible snow in the Port Angeles, WA area. Today’s trip ended up being a bit more of the vertical variety, although we still can’t match the vertical covered by some of these stellar trip reports.

    We started near the base of the switchback trail beneath Klahhane Ridge. We boot packed up the first 100′ vertical because it rises pretty steeply then makes a nice plateau for us to get into skin mode. Mumbles was dragging tail last time, so it was his turn to break trail. The suface was crusty, but that crust lay atop about 6 to 12 inches of varying softness from corn to fluff. I knew CoG liked to take a steeper skin approach, so I did my best cutting a path that was to his liking. He was a bit under the weather, and later told me it was as steep as he could handle, as did one of the AT skiiers who followed us up. Maybe I’m not as bad at this skinning stuff as I was thinking as I overheat and sweat my ass off every outing.

    We were on a mostly south facing slope that had a few areas of 20* flatness near the bottom and a few short 40* pitches, but it was mostly around 35*, nothing really that challenging from a riding perspective.

    Here is a view of my new mojo accumulating some topsheet freeze in the shade. The sun was glaring, but the air temp was in the low 20’s as we got started.
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    Mumbles took this photo of Chronicles of Gnarnia on the skin track below. This little mountain goat of a man really put it to me last time out, this time he was not feeling his best. He still plugged away like a machine, just not so fast as last time out. Here he is about 3/4 way up and admiring the view of Steeple Rock and Eagle Point across the valley to the south.
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    Mumbles shadow arriving at the top of our targeted ridge. This is part of Klahhane Ridge beneath Mt. Angeles at about 5800′. It took us about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get from our starting point at about 4400′. I have no idea if that is good or bad time, but considering I was busting crust the majority of the way up I felt like I was keeping a decent pace.
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    Looking at the area that we were tracking up for our laps. We only made two, but in doing so skinned up approximately 2800 feet. Our second skin up only took us 40 minutes, down from 1hour 15 since I was not breaking trail it was a bit faster. It does not look like much, but the trees to the right obscure the ridge to which we ascended. This section is where the boot packing, kicker hitting solid boarders had been tracking the place up on previous days. Only a couple of these tracks belong to us and most of our better work is out of this camera shot.
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    This little wind lip at my feet marks my drop in zone for both my runs. I told you it was steeper than that boring bottom part with the silly little kicker. This is from about 5800 feet and looks back down from where we came.
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    I tried to do a camera in the hand video…whenever it loads to photobucket I will attempt to add it.
    http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh192/Mumbles24/?action=view&current=DSCF1453.flv

    Sorry that the stoke is not much compared to the last TR by the Baker and Stevens gang, but these two split rookies did what they could do with the local snow location. Bring on some new snow and a chance to hook up with the sickness that is found at the Baker or Stevens BC and we will be glad to join you. At least we had good weather, good enough coverage for no scrapes to the new mojo, great sunshine and good company. Peace.

    #602549
    bcrider
    Participant

    @Mumbles wrote:

    we had good weather, good enough coverage for no scrapes to the new mojo, great sunshine and good company.

    Sounds good to me! Glad you got some….I worked all day. 🙂

    #602550
    jack
    Participant

    cool to see a TR from over there, to be honest i didnt even know there was anything worth touring over in the Olys, but it looks like there is some good terrain.

    #602551
    Ecobrad
    Participant

    After 200+ posts in a few weeks, finally, Mumbles isn’t whining for a mentor or telling us how to DIY. 😉

    #602552
    Mumbles
    Participant

    Jack,

    There is some ridiculous stuff in the olympics. Problem is that the approach is impossible in the winter due to road closures and really long approach hikes in. I only wish some of the stuff I have hiked was accessible on a day trip. That is why I’m hoping to get into your neck of the woods because there is better terrain in easier reach. You and the Baker/Stevens gang are posting some sick TRs.

    Ecobrad,

    I’m always on here…insomnia rules. I could be surfing porn, but I’m trying to learn from you all, and share some knowledge of things I may know. This week we acually found some decent snow, the access road open and the skies clear. It would have been better if it were deeper and steeper, but I’m taking what I can get right now. Peace.

    #602553
    maunakea
    Participant

    Mumbles…Maunakea back at you…I concur with you about the approach to some of the terrain on the North side of the Olys. I’ve been studying the wilderness areas up behind Sequim such as the Buckhorn Wilderness and if only the access didn’t involve miles of dirt and rock trails before getting to the snow…there are epic alpine bowls back there that may have never been ridden…if only you could get in close to the edge of the wilderness area..It’s got me thinking anyway….
    Good on’ya mate..keep posting the pics…

    #602554
    Mumbles
    Participant

    Maunakea, great to hear from you again. With the staffing cuts and road closures abounding in the Olympics the only reasonable way in right now seems to be via the Hurricane Ridge road. That is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and occasional Monday holidays) providing the two person road crew can make the way safe. They open at 8:30 am, later if there has been fresh snow that needs to be plowed and sanded. Sometimes it opens as late as 1pm making any tour unlikely due to having to drive up late and find some tracks before losing light.

    Anyone got a Helo? There are bowls, chutes and basins abounding in the Olympics. Mount Carrie, From, Anderson and so on and so on. There are also many passes that have nice steep meadows between them like Hayden, Cameron and Lost Pass. The shortest approach is likely about 15 miles. This may be good for a longer hut trip and get you untouched runs of 2000′ (which may have never been touched in winter by anyone), but access is so unfavorable compared to the Cascade areas that so many of your TRs here show.

    Note to self, relocate from the Kitsap Peninsula to the Cascades.

    Maunakea, let me know when you are going to come explore the Northern Olympics, Chronicles and I will gladly show you the few places we have found.

    #602555
    maunakea
    Participant

    Mumbles,
    I gotta find a job up there….as soon as I get that set up I’m moving and building up on Lost Mountain…
    There’s gotta be some way to access the goods without using a horse to haul the gear in from a base camp…
    Ha ha…it’d still be cheaper than an A-Star or Bell 407….

    #602556
    Mumbles
    Participant

    maunakea, there are some really long lines in view that might be some 10-15 miles into the park. With the current amount of storm wind, washout and snow damage that could make access tough or worse. There are quite a few areas here that have alpacas and llamas, others have horses. I think a few of the areas could be accessible with a day hike in, camp overnight, ride for an entire day and then hike out. I have done such things backpacking, but with the split I want to ride. How much you hike, skin and bootpack are all items to consider when weighted on the rides you get to enjoy.

    With any luck I’ll keep my job here and then when you get here and get settled, you, Chronicles of Gnarnia and I will go on some high quality recon missions to find suitable lines in sick places that are so far from the roads and beaten paths that only snowblind fools like us would venture there. I’m up for that, even if it means carrying more gear for longer and camping in the snow. Trips like that have always been on my calendar before being a split board rider, so why not make some now and get the benefit of the untouched powder?

    What kind of job are you looking for anyway? I’m no one, but I might know someone who knows someone who needs what you do.

    #602557
    SanFrantastico
    Participant

    Congrats on getting out there Mumbles… I hope you had F-U-N.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #602558
    maunakea
    Participant

    Mumbles,
    Have you looked at the access into the Buckhorn Wilderness from the Quilcene side? I’ve been looking at that access “for other clandestined purposes” and the trail maps indicate that it is only three miles into the area from the forests service road…Also, I’m currently doing so deep-end micro-fluidic and biotech engineering stuff..It’s a really hard match for the Sequim area but that’s the deal.
    I’ll get it fugured out though and it is guaranteed (!) that the north Olys will get ridden..there is just too much good stuff sitting there waiting for a first descent…the way I figure it…some guys can pay huge $$$ for a heli-lift and get a first descent and some of us blokes just gotta work a little harder..the satisfaction is the same…I’m cool with working hard for something special…

    #602559
    Mumbles
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    maunakea, I’ll do the lengthy hike in, but hiking solo that far sucks. There may even be a few routes that could be a one car entry and another car exit plan with a day or two of powder riding nestled between to day hikes.

    I think Buckhorn is nice, but there are better snow fall levels further to the interior. It just sits there and teases me from my neighborhood. I live over an hour away and I see it every morning and every evening that drive in daylight. Everyone has a line that haunts them as the see it contunially, the middle of the Olympics may well be mine.

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