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Backcountry skiing photos : Navaho Peak, North Fork Teanaway, Washington
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This is a gallery of skiing 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. These backcountry skiing photos are from an April trip to Navaho Peak, in the North Fork Teanaway drainage of the Wenatchee National Forest of Washington. A consolidated snowpack and a clear, cold night followed by this cool sunny day produced almost perfect corn skiing conditions in glades and on The Blaze on the south side of Navaho Peak.
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from April 19, 2004:
Navaho Peak, North Fork Teanaway, Washington, April 9, 2004
In the forest
In the forest
Skinning up
Skinning up
Skinning up
Skinning up
Skinning up
Skinning up
Mt. Rainier over a spur of Earl Peak
Mt. Rainier over a
spur of Earl Peak
Booting up ophiolite complex
Booting up ophiolite complex
Southeast ridge of Navaho Peak
Southeast ridge
of Navaho Peak
Mt. Stuart and upper Ingalls Creek valley
Mt. Stuart and upper
Ingalls Creek valley
Matt skiing The Blaze, south side of Navaho Peak
Matt skiing The Blaze,
south side of Navaho Peak
Andy skiing The Blaze
Andy skiing The Blaze
Matt skiing The Blaze
Matt skiing The Blaze
Matt skiing The Blaze
Matt skiing The Blaze
Matt telemark skiing, south side of Navaho Peak
Matt telemark skiing,
south side of Navaho Peak
Andy telemark skiing
Andy telemark skiing
Skinning to the top of Navaho Peak again
Skinning to the top
of Navaho Peak again
Andy backcountry skiing in glades
Andy backcountry
skiing in glades
Andy telemark skiing, south side of Navaho Peak
Andy telemark skiing,
south side of Navaho Peak
Andy backcountry skiing in glades
Andy backcountry
skiing in glades
Andy and Little Navaho Peak
Andy and Little Navaho Peak
Charles telemark skiing
Charles telemark skiing
All-terrain skiing
All-terrain skiing


Photos by Matt Depies and Charles Eldridge    Thanks to Pete for help with geology!

Associated trip report: Charles, Matt and I headed east hoping to find good consolidated spring snow. Navaho Peak in the North Fork Teanaway drainage of the Wenatchee Mountains, Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, was our destination. Suprisingly, we were able to drive to within a quarter mile of the trailhead by busting through a few minor patches of snow. This springs drought and high temps is allowing early access to this area. We headed up the Stafford Creek trail and were skinning after a mile or so. We climbed on a hard snow surface up to the Saddle between Navaho Peak and Little Navaho Peak (Pt. 6442), southeast of Navaho Peak. We deskied to climb the steep loose rock slope (beautiful serpentine and mica flecked rocks) up to the long gentle southest ridge of Navaho Peak. We were on top at 1:00pm. The south facing slope of Navaho provides about 2200 vertical feet of nicely pitched moderate slopes (~30 degrees). There is a open section called "the Blaze" and nicely spaced glades. We skied the Blaze first and encountered great snow and a nice steeper section. The snow was getting a little mushy but still very predictable as we climbed to the top again. The second run was in the glades and this snow still had firm base and provided great turns.
   There was a bit of a bushwack to get back to the trail from the bottom of this run, with bare patches and a sketchy stream crossing of the east fork of Stafford Creek. Back at the car at 7:00 pm after a fun attempt to extend the skiing as far down the trail as humanly possible before walking. A great time was had in beautiful weather. Matt for some reason attributed this to having brought his brand new whippet ski pole along which he didn't even use!? I guess thats what new gear does for you...
   Andy

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