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Telemark skiing photos from the Muir snowfield on Mt. Rainier
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This is one of the photos which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Here are twelve more telemark skiing photos from this trip. The photos are from a telemark skiing trip to the Muir snowfield on the south side of Mt. Rainier. Four backcountry skiers made the trip up to Camp Muir at 10,000 feet in spring-like weather. Warm sunshine and light breezes produced corn snow conditions on much of the Muir snowfield, and Paradise reached 64 degrees. Photos of telemark skiing, the Muir snowfield, the Nisqually Glacier, and the summit 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 February 24, 2003:
Allen Hall, Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier, with Wilson-Nisqually Glacier, January 17, 2003
Telemark skiing photos : Allen Hall below Muir snowfield near Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier
Photo: Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: "Here's some quick info in case someone can use it for tomorrow. I met Allen, Julie, and Pat at Camp Muir under very spring-like conditions. There was a little overnight surface crust below Pan Pt., but it and the 8-10" of newer snow underneath were softening rapidly in the warm, sunny conditions. Good boot track to about McClure Rock, then easy skinning for the rest of the way. The sun softened just the surface of the snow up to about Moon Rocks, then the snow was cold but somewhat wind-packed with small sastrugi. Very warm and little wind at Camp Muir. Skiing down, the first 1000' were nice, with lanes of smooth snow, and the sastrugi was not a problem. From there to close to Pebble Creek was great spring corn, just the surface softened on a nice base. From there to below Pan Pt. the sun had loosened the snow much more deeply and the skiing was OK to poor (especially Pan face - big snowballs and some surface slides.). The last 500' was reasonable because there wasn't so much newer snow on top of the crust. Tomorrow ought to be similar, but beware when everything freezes in the coming days."
Charles

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