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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 secret stash #734249 in the Mt. Baker backcountry. Includes photos of powder snowboarding and telemark, free-heel, and randonee skiing.
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from February 23, 2004:
Secret stash #734249, Mt. Baker backcountry, Washington, February 8, 2004
Invasion of the stash snatchers
Invasion of the stash snatchers
Mark, telemark skiing
Mark, telemark skiing
Adrian, snowboarding
Adrian, snowboarding
Gregg, randonee skiing
Gregg, randonee skiing
Gregg, randonee skiing
Gregg, randonee skiing
Skinning
Skinning
Russ, telemark skiing
Russ, telemark skiing
SB, free-heel skiing
SB, free-heel skiing
Adrian
Adrian, snowboarding
SB, free-heel skiing
SB, free-heel skiing
Charles, telemark skiing
Charles, telemark skiing
A Mike turn: two views
A Mike turn: two views
De-skinning
De-skinning
Mark, telemark skiing
Mark, telemark skiing
Russ and gang destroy the stash
Russ and gang
destroy the stash
Mike, telemark skiing
Mike, telemark skiing
Charles, telemark skiing
Charles, telemark skiing
Mt. Shuksan peeks out
Mt. Shuksan peeks out

Photos by Gregg Cronn, Russ Schwartz, and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: After months of unrelenting pressure on my part, Mark finally gave in and agreed to let me accompany him to one of his Baker bc stashes. Russ and I drove up to Bellingham to meet Mark, and by the time we were ready to leave the ski area parking lot, our group had added Gregg and his son, SB, and Mike. Low clouds hung over the landscape, with slight flurries, but visibility was good at ground level as we started skinning toward Bagley Lakes.
  Then, apparently to prevent Russ and me from figuring out the location of the stash from our route, Mark called down the fog gods, with whom he seems to have very good rapport. Within minutes, we were in the densest whiteout I have ever experienced. This continued for the entire duration of our skin out to the stash, which sure seemed like a long way in the fog but which we were assured was actually quite short, and we had no idea where we ended up for our runs. The snow was very good for travelling, with several inches of loose overnight new on top of 8-12" of dense but dry, overlying a solid rain crust. Only near ridgetops or the very top of our runs were there significant wind effects, typically scouring down to the crust. The day before Mike had dug several pits, including one 1.5m down, and things looked and acted very stable.
  As soon as we reached the stash, Mark again called to the fog gods and the cloud base lifted to the top of our intended runs. The light was still a bit flat at times, but visibility was generally good. We made four runs at the stash, from N to W facing, generally topping out around 5500' for each. The skiing was great! Not the legendary Baker faceshots-all-day type, but fast, consistent, and very carvable, with nice powder plumes from all. Gregg's son, on a split board, showed all the old-timers how elegant bc snowboarding can be.
   Starting the trip back, I thought Mark might slip up and inadvertently let Russ and me figure out where we were, but low chanting from below signalled the return of the fog. For a last run, we headed to "The Line" near Table Mountain, and only then did we get any views to identify our location. Thanks a lot, Mark!
  It was a great outing with a group of excellent sliders, and though Mark did an impressive job of preventing Russ and me from figuring out where this stash lay, he did fail to invoke the "official stashworthiness protocol". Unbeknownst to Mark, Russ had brought his GPS unit, and upon uploading the waypoints, we were able to figure out where we had been. Here's a topographic map with route superimposed. Thanks Mark, and see you again soon!
  Charles

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