|Backcountry snowboarding and randonee skiing photos from Paradise, Mt. Rainier|
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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 November backcountry powder snow trip to the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier. Plenty of new powder made for great skiing and photos of snowboarding (split board) and randonee skiing (AT).|
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Paradise, Mt. Rainier, Washington, November 23, 2003
Matthaeus randonee skiing
Ron randonee skiing
Jerry randonee skiing
Jerry randonee skiing
Man o' the mountains
Photos by Ron Jarvis, Stefan Giles, and Jerry White
Associated trip report: With 46" of snow on the ground, Paradise beckoned Stefan, Jerry, Matthaeus and yours truly. We arrived to overcast skies and so-so visibility after we were allowed passage at Longmire at 0900 as advertised.
New season backslaps and handshakes were exchanged with the legendary Brent H. and his partner John, who we fell into step with as we skinned away from the parking lot. Having our own designs for fresh tracks, we peeled away from the main skin track below Alta Vista to break fresh trail. With a snowpack that allowed thigh deep foot penetration we were quite fortunate to have a young strong splitboarder along with a great attitude, who immediately insisted on breaking trail. Can't beat a splitboard trailbreaker if he or she can hold up, and that's exactly what Stefan did. At about 5900 Brent and John decided to split off and head for Edith, while the rest of us chose to update our perceptions of the snowpack to date, with a hasty pit to the ground.
The snopack turned out to be about 120 cm total in thickness on an an east aspect with about a 30 degree pitch. With the exception of the top 3-4 cm which appeared to have fallen overnight, the top 30 cm was about a 4 finger hardness followed by a 1 finger hardness down to the first rain crust at 55 cm, which was of pencil hardness at the top but rotten and crumbly (no more than a 1 finger hardness) by it's bottom at 45 cm. Another thin crust (knife hardness) was encountered at 30 cm above the ground.
The upper crust was strong enough to walk on and support the reasonably well bonded snow above it. I believe it is worth watching though, due to the weak layer below and the ice layer below that, until the snowpack gains more depth, consolidation and strength to bridge any weaknesses developing below the rain crusts.
With our wallowing in the snow out of the way, we knocked out a couple of laps down "Jerry's Run" and another down "Corkscrew" with Stefan again breaking superhighway uptracks for us.
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