In an effort to keep my "TAY"(turns all year) streak alive, on August 15th, after a half day of work, I mashed up to Timberline for some afternoon soul turns on the Zig Zag Glacier. I hiked west across the magic mile, and exited out of the resort, to ascend up the Zig Zag Glacier in peace.
Hiking up underneath the Zig Zag Glacier. It was not a clear day, but still beautiful nonetheless.
I knew the forecast was suspect, but sent it anyway. I wanted to be proactive about my getting my August turns in.
Hiking up the Zig Zag glacier. It was very relaxing hiking up this snowfield without another soul in sight.
Unfortunately, as a I gained elevation, the clouds began to move lower on the mountain. Somewhere around 8800', I reached the clouds level. I was only a couple hundred vertical feet from my goal, Illumination Rock, but was not sure what to do with clouds complicating visibility, and my ability to navigate. I waited where I was for 30 minutes, hoping that the clouds would burn off or present me with a weather window.
No weather window presented itself though. As I waited, the clouds slowly overtook my position, and before long my visibility was reduced significantly. If there weren't exposed rocks to give definition of the slope, It would have been extremely difficult to travel.
"Am I going the right way?"
When the clouds overtook my position, it solidified my choice to return to the ski resort, where I could ride back to the car without navigational issues. Hiking through clouds to the ski resort, I got slightly disorientated, and nearly hiked above and past the top Palmer. Luckily, I was able to catch a glimpse of a lift tower as I was passing by. With nothing left to do but board, I enjoyed the views for some time before dropping.
Jorts and soul turns on the Palmer snow field.
The groomers had just laid down some fresh corduroy, which I ripped down at mock speeds. Seriously fun turns. 21 months of TAY complete. Turn up or turn out.