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  • Mount Gillespie - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Cougar Mountain - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Barn Bluff (Red Wing, MN) - hike (October 2022)
  • Mount Steele - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • American Mountain (attempt), Hunter Lookout - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • Belcarra Mountain - hike (November 2022)
  • Oyster Dome - hike (November 2022)
  • Mount Thom & Cilliwack Mountain/Hillkeep - hike (December 2022)
  • Frenchman Mountain (Las Vegas, NV) - hike (January 2023)
  • Rolley Peak/Lookout - hike (January 2023)
  • Round Mountain - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Blowdown Peak - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Silverdaisy Mountain - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Spearhead Glacier/Husume Coulior - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Cowboy Ridge/Peak 2026 - ski tour (April 2023)
  • Slahanay Peak - hike/scramble (April 2023)
  • American Mountain & Mount Lincoln - hike/snowshoe (May 2023)
  • Mount Mclean Attempt, Red Rock Trail, Dragons Back Trail - hike (May 2023)
  • Stawamus Chief (South, Middle & North) - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Flint & Feather - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Goat Ridge (Squamish) - hike (June 2023)
  • Grouty/Mortar Peaks - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Pebble-to-North Creek Traverse incl. Pebble, Thiassi, Wesley & Sugus - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Truax - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Killam & Gambier Island - hike (September 2023)
  • Lone Goat & Snow Camp Mountain - hike (September 2023)
  • Isollilock Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Manson - Hatfield Traverse - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Sauk Mountain (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Daniel & Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast) - hike (November 2022)
  • Mount Dickerman (WA) - hike (November 2022)
  • Winter's End (Verona Peak) - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)

*As of 12/02/2023


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Monday, April 28, 2008

Snoqualmie Mtn - Slot Coulior re-revisited, April 25

I had some unfinished business to attend to after passing on this line back in February. I dunno, call me crazy, but riding down steep water ice doesn't exactly appeal to me. So come late April, I again found myself staring down the Slot's throat pondering the descent - my third time, in case anyone's counting. Wow, what a difference a 'little' more snow makes. This time the drop-in was positively easy and the powder deep, light and forgiving...is this really April?! No hesitation, no second-guessing; the ride down was a blur of face shots, exhilaration and soul-surfing solitude. Well, that is until I exited onto the apron below the coulior where an audience of four skiers demanded a strong finish. Don't wipe-out now you silly snowboarder! haha! I followed the foursome back out to the saddle above the Phantom and skinned back up for a second run, this time without anyone to share it with. Down again, and back out again. An undeniably popular, but deservedly classic line!


Friday, April 11, 2008

The good, the bad and the ugly...

The good: Agata and I got away with murder at the March 28 Burton demo sale in downtown Seattle. We walked out of there with no less than three *new* boards between us! That weekend both Crystal on Saturday and Alpy on Sunday conveniently ended up being one of the best pow weekends of the season for us. Perfect for running the new gear through its paces. It is amazing the difference even a little taper in the tail makes. Effortless float and no rear-leg burn, damn what have we been doing all these years? Timed the opening of the b/c just right and wallowed in 2 - 3 feet of suprisingly light pow as I cut the first track down from Knoll #1. Dare I say it was almost too deep? Finished-off the day making a few laps out to Piss Pass and dropping our favorite lines in untouched mid-winter perfection, and all this the last weekend in March!

The bad and ugly: Bo and I waffled about on scheduling our trip to Rogers Pass, and finally settled on leaving town April 12, and spending a couple nights up at the Asulkan Hut and touring around the area for most of that week. Alas, we made a last-minute decision to call the trip off thanks to the significant warming forecast for the weekend we were scheduled to leave Seattle. With an avalanche forecast expected to go to HIGH for the next several days and accompanied by pass closures for avy control, I saw little justification in making the pilgrimage and needlessly burning precious vacation time. Never fear, Bo...we'll make it happen next year!

Redemption: In lieu of Rogers Pass, Agata and I made a couple more Whistler trips for a final serving of lift-served pow, crud and slush. Did a small detour to check out the new nordic area in the Callaghan Valley outside Whistler on our way there (April 5 - 7), and returned again for the final weekend of Telus ski/board festival (April 19 - 20). Dust-on-crust conditions forced Ed and I to venture into Blackcomb's backcountry in search of pow - which we found in abundance in Corona Bowl and beneath the East Col!



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