Friday, January 29, 2016

1/08/2016, SE Bowl, Three Finger Jack

After two consecutive weekends of awesome splitboarding, Drew, Andrew and I were stoked to get out on Friday 1/08.  Clear sky's were forecasted, and after a few days of relatively stagnant weather we were optimistic for good stability. All week we were scheming of riding a couple chutes on Broken Top but, on the way over to Bend we made an impulsive decision to camp at Hoodoo and attempt a day on Three Finger Jack. 

We got up at 5:00am the next day, and were on the trail by 6:00.  After three hours of hiking we were finally gaining the ridge line of TFJ's SE bowl. 

Rockstar views in Central Oregon. 

Peaking into the SE bowl, conditions looked great, powdery.  We wasted no time and dropped.
Drew launching a cliff into the bowl.

Yeah, the snow was great.

TFJ, Mt. Jefferson, and no other humans in sight.

We went up for another, Drew shredding.

Muller, two planking.

After 2 runs we were tired, and time to go home.  Up the skin track one more time. 

Then it was down the south bowl (which was powder too) and split ski tele turns all the way home!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

1/02/2016, Lane Peak, MRNP

After spending New Years Day with my family, I was itching to get out in the snow on Saturday, 1/02.  Clear sky's were forecasted and cold temps were preserving snow conditions but a moderate/high east wind was reeking havoc in wind exposed areas.  Lane Peak's, "The Fly" and "The Zipper" couloirs have been on the list for a while so Drew and I decided to give them a go.  The homie Muller is a haus, and was down for the mission too.  We left portland in the early AM, squeezed through the Longmire gate around 9:20, and were on the trail by 10:00am. 

Mt. Rainier looking good on the morning commute.

First up was "The Fly" couloir.  Drew and Andrew(Muller) nearing the top.

Wind had been blasting up the couloir, creating a chalky/wind slabby snow surface.  It wasn't ideal, but we determined it wasn't dangerous, and at least it was smooth.  Drew piecing his way down.

Muller slashing chalky powder around the dogleg.

We stopped in the apron, threw the verts back on, and headed up "The Zipper".  Drew going up.

Obligatory shot from the top.  Don't look down, don't fall.

A great view from the top.  The Tatoosh, Goat Rocks, and Mt. Adams. 

"The Zipper" was a little spicier as the rocky crux wasn't fully filled in yet but it also held smooth chalky powder all the way down.

Another great day!

Monday, December 28, 2015

12/26/2015, Gnarl Ridge, Mt. Hood

Between the holidays, work, and relationships life has been stressful recently.  I have gotten out boarding but I have not felt very motivated.  I needed some quality mountain time.  After 2 weeks of consistent snowfall, 12/26 showed optimism for a day of good stability and weather.  Drew and I got an early start and left the trailhead under moonlight in the morning.  We gained the ridge line as the sun was poking out and caught Mt. Hood in pink alpenglow. 

After soaking the views, we continued up the ridge.  Before long we were looking at our objective.  This line up of chuter's. 

This area is rad but like many areas on Mt. Hood, is a dangerous terrain trap.  After digging a pit we determined the slope down into the basin was safe.  We dropped one at a time, and rode wind affected powder down to Newton Creek.  After transitioning to ski mode, we toured across the basin to the lower slopes of Gnarl Ridge.  To our surprise, the snow on Gnarl ridge was great.  21" of right side up pow, bonding well to the base after 3 days of settlement and time to adjust.  We conducted some tests, felt confident in the snow, and deemed it safe to ride.  

Drew performing a column test, with the remaining snow column, after receiving an ECTN on his extended column test.  

After skinning to the ridge-line, we decided to drop a chute next to our skin track as a test run.
The "test run" was good, real good.  Ya boy Drewsie, pow-dosing.


With a skinner set, and great snow, we decided to go up for round two.  We had a couloir picked out down the ridge.  Drew on the afternoon commute. 

We rode one of the main couloirs off the ridge.  It also held great pow.

What a fun day!  Drew showing what gloppy skin glue on your base, does when your riding.  Haha!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

11/06/2015, West Crater, Mt. Hood

After a long dry Summer, Fall was welcomed with open arms this year.  Last years feeble winter did not fill the snow fix for many, Drew and myself included.  In early November, Mt. Hood got its first significant snow event, and we had to go check things out.  

Mt. Hood, a little rocky but it will do. 

We skinned up to crater rock and looked for something fun to ride.  We found this spine feature and felt obligated to slash it.  Drewsie getting surfy.

Yours truly, throwing snow.

After a spinal pit stop, we continued into the crater.

It was getting warm, the sun was baking on the fresh snow, and the mountain was telling us to leave.  We listened, transitioned quickly, and dropped into the West Crater.

We had an awesome ride down.  Soft, smooth snow, and lots of rocks to dodge.  Another awesome day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

6/05/2015, Avalanche Glacier Headwall, Mt. Adams

Kelc and I scored perfect conditions on Mt. Adams the week prior, so when Matt asked me if I wanted to head back the following weekend with Joe and himself, I was all about it.  For this day, our objective was the Avy Glacier Headwall.  Mt. Hood was pumping the stoke, in the morning. 

Matt skinning up to the Lunch Counter.

The snow was not as good as the week before with Kelcie but, it was still quality corn.

Matt ripping the headwall.

Another great day.  Thanks, Mt. Adams!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

5/30/2015, SW Chutes, Mt. Adams

By the End of May 2015, after a warm/dry winter, snow was fading quickly in the Oregon Cascades.  In efforts to maximize the remaining snow Kelc and I found ourselves gearing up to climb Mt. Adams on 5/30/15.  We hit the trail early and enjoyed the views. 

Mt. Saint Helen's. 

kelc skinning up to the Lunch Counter.

We got to the top of Pikers around 1:30.  The SW chutes were corning up nicely and before long it was time to rip.  We scored "hero" snow in the chutes, Mt. Adams delivers again! 

Kelc shredding.

After an awesome 3000'+ run we were stoked.   We hiked back to the car and enjoyed a cold beer before heading home.

Thanks, Mt. Adams!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5/25/15, East Ramp, Broken Top

After a fun trip to Mt. McLoughlin with Matt, I was unsure what to do.  He was heading up to South Sister but, I was hoping to ride something new.  Matt and I had been talking about Broken Top the previous day, and I decided I would go check out conditions.  We parted our ways and before long I was watching the sunset, in the Three Sisters Wilderness.   

I got an early start the next morning, aiming for an east facing objective.  Beautiful views in the Oregon Cascades.

I had a sluggish approach but before long was scoping the days objective, the top ramp seen here.

Good views from the top.

Time to shred.

Evidence of boarding.

After a fun run I started the trek home, I even scored some sweat turns on Broken Hand on the way .  Another great day!