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Backcountry summer skiing images from Mt. Rainier: Muir snowfield and Paradise Glacier
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This is a gallery of photos 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 summer skiing trip to the Muir snowfield and Paradise Glacier on Mt. Rainier for September turns. Sunny weather for the hike up promised more great summer skiing, but fog moved in for the ski down, making routefinding tricky.
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from September 22, 2003:
Muir snowfield and Paradise Glacier, Mt. Rainier, Washington, September 14, 2003
Hiking near Alta Vista
Hiking near Alta Vista
Nisqually Glacier from near Glacier Vista
Nisqually Glacier from
near Glacier Vista
Nisqually and Wilson Glaciers and lenticular cloud
Nisqually and Wilson Glaciers
and lenticular cloud
Lower Muir snowfield
Lower Muir snowfield
Crevasse on Paradise Glacier
Crevasse on Paradise Glacier
Hiking up Paradise Glacier run
Hiking up Paradise Glacier run
Ryan, skiing Paradise Glacier
Ryan, skiing
Paradise Glacier
Pete, skiing Paradise Glacier
Pete, skiing
Paradise Glacier
Charles, skiing Paradise Glacier
Charles, skiing
Paradise Glacier
Pet, skiing Paradise Glacier
Pete, skiing
Paradise Glacier
Muir snowfield summer skiing
Muir snowfield
summer skiing
Ryan, summer skiing, Muir snowfield
Ryan, summer skiing,
Muir snowfield


Photos by Pete Pearson and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: Pete, Ryan, and I headed for the "new stash", scoped out by Ron and tested earlier this month by a number of skiers - so many, it seemed, that we expected to find the slope perfectly cleaned and gleaming white for our descent (it wasn't). The day started mostly sunny and pleasant for our hike up to Pebble Creek, but with a vigorous cloud cap on Rainier and downstream lenticulars. As Paul mentioned, the Muir looked pretty devastated from several bad summers, and we cut over to the Paradise Glacier from just above Pebble Creek, hitting it at ~7700', near where previous turns ended.
   During a bite to eat, clouds started blowing across the upper Muir, so we quickly booted up the western edge of the Paradise Glacier, making note of terrain and crevasses. Not quite quickly enough, though. By the time we were ready to start down our tracks from ~8800', the fog had really moved in, and the whole ski down was in low visibility - we were glad we had made the mental notes on the way up. The natural moguls at the top were fun, and below that most of the snow was surprisingly smooth, though somewhat slow due to the dirt (but better than the rest of the Paradise, and far better than the main Muir). We crossed rocks back west at ~7800' to the lowest lobe of the Muir and then skied down to right above Pebble Creek; the eastern part of this little lobe was so dirty that I almost faceplanted several times. We took turns leading on the hike down so everyone could have a chance to answer The Question.
Charles

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