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This is a gallery of images which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Thumbnail images on this page can be clicked to view the full-sized photos, and lead into a slide show sequence for the gallery. The photos are from an early season backcountry skiing trip to the Muir snowfield, on the south side of Mt. Rainier. During the afternoon, a spectacular lenticular cloud developed in the lee of Mt. Rainier.
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Over 180 photo galleries from Pacific Northwest backcountry snowboarding and skiing trips are available on Turns All Year CD-ROM.

Like the gallery below, each CD-ROM photo gallery contains a thumbnails page linked to captioned full-sized photos, and usually a trip report. Full-sized photos are available for browsing in the gallery below.

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From October 28, 2001:
Skiing fresh snow on Mt. Rainier, October 26, 2001        (Click any photo to view large version)
Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier
Pan Point
Muir snowfield, Mt. Rainier
Muir view, across
Pebble Creek
Pebble Creek images
Pebble Cr., ascending
skiing photos : Muir snowfield
Pebble Cr., descending
Muir snowfield telemark skiing photos
Skiing fresh snow on the lower Muir snowfield
Cowlitz Rocks and lenticular cloud, Mt. Rainier
Touring toward Cowlitz Rocks and lenticular cloud

Photos by Charles Eldridge.

Associated trip report: Friday appeared to provide a good weather window so Charles and I decided to go for it. The forecast called for rain and snow to move in during the afternoon but this was not the case as the skies got progressivley clearer during the course of our tour. We headed up towards the Muir snowfield at around 9:30, skiing from the parking lot on about 20" of heavy wet snow. Temperatures were in the mid thirties. At the top of Panorama Point we encountered gale force winds which accompanied us up to about 8000', where we decided to quit battling them. Two skiers descending from above said that when they reached the base of the lenticular cloud, enveloping the summit, at 9000', they encountered 70mph winds; we could see a plume tearing off of Anvil Rock most of the day. The snow on the descent was a tricky combination of stiff windpacked snow and random loose snow deposits. The wind didn't help much with balance either. Lower the snow was just plain cascade concrete. We decided to extend our touring by heading down the Skyline trail to Mazama Ridge and out via the snow-covered Edith Basin road. We were treated to an awesome lenticular cloud display on the eastern, leeward side of the mountain. In summary an enjoyable tour with marginal snow for turning but all on skis from car to car.

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