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Skiing photos from Camp Muir and the Paradise Glacier on Mt. Rainier
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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. These skiing photos are from a backcountry trip to Mt. Rainier in late June. We skinned from Mazama Ridge up the Paradise Glacier to Camp Muir, then found great skiing descending the Paradise Glacier.
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from July 28, 2003:
Paradise Glacier, Camp Muir, Mt. Rainier, Washington, June 25, 2003
Skinning Mazama Ridge, with Little Tahoma
Skinning Mazama Ridge,
with Little Tahoma
Mt. Rainier view from Stevens-Van Trump Memorial
Mt. Rainier view from
Stevens-Van Trump Memorial
Lower Paradise Glacier, with Tatoosh Range
Lower Paradise Glacier,
with Tatoosh Range
Near the Big Crack on Paradise Glacier
Near the Big Crack
on Paradise Glacier
Snowboarding below Camp Muir
Snowboarding below
Camp Muir
Gary skiing below Anvil Rock
Gary skiing below Anvil Rock
Skiing the Paradise Glacier, looking toward Cowlitz Rocks
Skiing the Paradise Glacier,
looking toward Cowlitz Rocks
Gary skiing, with Little Tahoma
Gary skiing, with Little Tahoma
Turns on the Paradise Glacier toe
Turns on the
Paradise Glacier toe
Gary skiing the Paradise Glacier toe
Gary skiing the
Paradise Glacier toe
Gary skiing the Paradise Glacier toe
Gary skiing the
Paradise Glacier toe
Mossy seep, lower Paradise Glacier
Mossy seep,
lower Paradise Glacier
Just a speck in the larger picture
Just a speck
in the larger picture
River Run, lower Mazama Ridge
River Run,
lower Mazama Ridge
Cow-litz Meadow?
Cow-litz Meadow?


Photos by Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: Encouraged by Amar's recent report of good coverage on the Paradise Glacier, Gary and I parked at the 4th Crossing trailhead and, after a grueling 20vf hike, started skinning up Mazama Ridge. The snow was very firm, both from overnight freezing and from the cold weather of last weekend, but the surface was just softening under the cloudless skies. Except for a 10' grass/dirt break at the top of Mazama Ridge, the snow was continuous to Camp Muir. We got onto the Paradise Glacier via its eastern tongue, near Cowlitz Rocks, and the only open crevasse was the "big one" near 8000'; there were several choices of routes for crossing it still available, and we wanded our choice for the descent. The snow on the Paradise Glacier was incredibly smooth, with maybe a little skim of new from last weekend; when I dug down in for waterbottle snow, it looked like the top 3" was well frozen, but underneath was a considerable depth of loose, large-grained snow.
   The scene at Camp Muir was unexpectedly mellow, with one summit party enjoying the day before their climb, one snowboarder, and Bronka and friends just starting their hike down. I started down about 1:15pm (Gary had decided to stop at about Moon Rocks) on fantastic snow, so fast and smooth that even the gentle parts were fun to ski, and the steeper section along side Anvil Rock had very nice skiing. Gary and I then skied our line of ascent on the smooth snow of the Paradise Glacier to our wands and on down to the lower Paradise Glacier valley. Gary picked a good route back to Mazama Ridge so that we had almost no uphill, but lots of gliding and some turns as well. From Mazama Ridge to the car the snow was both softer and less smooth, but still quite skiable, and better than hiking!
Charles

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