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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 a backcountry skiing trip to Table Mountain in the Mt. Baker backcountry. On this glorious day we found beautiful powder snow well bonded to a rain crust, and skied north-facing slopes of Table Mountain. The gallery includes telemark backcountry skiing photos as well as landscape photos of Mt. Shuksan and Shuksan Arm.
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The complete version of this photo gallery is now available on Turns All Year CD-ROM. Below you can view thumbnail photos from this gallery.

Turns All Year CD-ROM contains over 180 photo galleries, containing more than 3200 full-sized photos, from backcountry skiing and snowboarding trips in the Pacific Northwest.

from February 10, 2003:
Table Mountain, Mt. Baker backcountry, Washington, February 6, 2003
Skinning with American Border Peak
Skinning up cat track,
with American Border Peak
Skinning with Mt. Shuksan
Skinning above Austin
Pass with Mt. Shuksan
Skinning near Table Mountain with Mt. Herman
Skinning near Table
Mountain with Mt. Herman
backcountry skiing photos : top of first Table Mountain run
CharlesW at
top of first run
backcountry skiing photos : looking for a better gully
Looking for a better gully
backcountry skiing photos : in the good stuff below Table Mountain
CharlesW in the good
stuff below Table Mountain
backcountry skiing photos : in the good stuff below Table Mountain
Mike in the good
stuff below Table Mountain
backcountry skiing photos : in the good stuff below Table Mountain
Mystery skier in the good
stuff below Table Mountain
backcountry skiing photos : 2nd run below Table Mountain
Charles on 2nd run
below Table Mountain
backcountry skiing photos : 2nd run below Table Mountain
Charles on 2nd run
below Table Mountain
backcountry snowboarding photos : below Table Mountain
Mystery snowboarder
below Table Mountain
Up the staircase
Up the staircase
CharlesW and Mt. Shuksan
CharlesW and Mt. Shuksan
backcountry skiing photos : 3rd run below Table Mountain
CharlesW on 3rd run
Shuksan Arm and Mt. Shuksan
Shuksan Arm and Mt. Shuksan
Photos by Mike Barton and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: "After despairing of finding soft snow, we received some timely (and very accurate) info from Mark, and Mike, CharlesW and I headed for the end of hwy 542, where we found mostly great snow conditions and blue skies all day long. Shady slopes from the parking lot to the top of Table Mountain had 4-10" of cold and very fluffy snow well bonded to the refrozen pack underneath, and there was widespread surface hoar. More than just a hint of sun exposure had resulted in varying types of crust, none good, and surface slides had been coming down the south side of Mt. Herman.
   We skinned to Austin Pass on a freshly groomed track (the upper base of the ski area was closed, so this was very peaceful) and emerged into warm sunshine, then followed a skin track west to the base of the upper Table Mountain cliffs. As did two skiers just before us, we abandoned dropping into the north slope where we had hoped because of the signs - stiff wind-packed snow and fresh looking debris. We went back east a little bit and sent a probe skier down a gulley, which, it turned out, didn't have much fresh over the rain-crust and gave the probe a little ride, so the other two bailed into the next gulley, which was better. Once below the cliffs the snow was perfect down to the flats.
   After lunch in the sun, one went to try out some snow at the west end of the flats, while two went straight up the first run we had hoped to ski via a perfect staircase of steps. The two's snow was merely very good (a bit tracked up), while the one's was great, so we then headed that way. We followed another staircase upward, and after that ended, hiked up snowboard tracks (surprisingly firm) surrounded by more loose and fluffy snow. On top of Table Mountain we soaked up more of Shuksan, spotted peaks, and then headed down for the best run of the day - all shady, virtually no wind effects, and nice terrain variations (sorry, there are probably names for all of these places, I just don't know them)."
Charles

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