hometrip reportsweatheraccessphotosskiingTurns All Year
telemark skiing shadow
www.turns-all-year.com
Backcountry skiing photos : fresh bear tracks, Grand Park, Mt. Rainier
Turns All Year: Previous Home Page Galleries
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 skiing trip to Grand Park, on the north side of Mt. Rainier National Park. A new layer of late May snow revealed fresh bear tracks, as well as those of elk and big cats.
List Galleries            < Older  Browse Galleries  Newer >

Over 180 photo galleries, containing more than 3200 full-sized photos, from Pacific Northwest backcountry snowboarding and skiing trips are available on Turns All Year CD-ROM.

Like the gallery below, each CD-ROM photo gallery contains a thumbnails page linked to captioned full-sized photos, and usually a trip report. Full-sized photos are available for browsing in the gallery below.

taycdrom01dk.jpg
Turns All Year CD-ROM
from June 14, 2004:
Grand Park, Mt. Rainier, Washington, May 29, 2004
   (Click any of the photos to view large versions)
Skiing through the forest
Skiing through the forest
Water skiing
Water skiing
Dense trees, dirty snow
Dense trees, dirty snow
What is this stuff?
What is this stuff?
Grand Park
Grand Park
Grand Park
Grand Park
Grand Park
Grand Park
Camp Robber, Gray Jay
Camp Robber, Gray Jay
Skiing in glades
Skiing in glades
Skiing in glades
Skiing in glades
Fresh bear tracks
Fresh bear tracks
Fresh bear tracks
Fresh bear tracks


Photos by Andy Palunas and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: This was the second day of our blue tarp car camping/skiing trip (having skied at Glacier Basin the previous day), and Andy and I slept in and then enjoyed a slow morning around camp. After gathering the gear for a waxless ski tour, we drove up FS73 and were stopped by snow about a block from the Eleanor Lake trailhead on the north edge of Mt. Rainier National Park - no approach hike on this one! The snowpack in the forest at first was low but adequate, with a thin coating of new snow in glades. The sun kept coming out, giving us hope of some warmth and views. The small slope down to Grand Parklet was bare as usual, but was the only carry of the day as we could easily all-terrain ski across the bare grass areas of Grand Parklet. We diverged from the trail route at the unnamed creek and followed it up along the northwest side of Grand Park. The thin layer of new snow made for good climbing with the fishscales, but we got pretty wet from tree drip. We climbed through steeper glades to get into Grand Park itself, and had lunch there, watching snow blowing across the open leads and hoping the views would get better. They didn't, but at least it wasn't raining. We then skied across Grand Park to its southern tip. There was about 2" of new snow in Grand Park, and the striding was fairly slow for the first person because it was pretty wet, but fast for the second and on the way back. We skied glades from near our lunch spot back down to the creek, then the forest along our ascent route to Grand Parklet. This was better than the glades because the smaller amount of new snow allowed it to be fast. With the new snow we saw a lot of critter tracks, including elk, a big cat, and very fresh bear tracks.
   Charles

List Galleries            < Older  Browse Galleries  Newer >

Photos ©2006 Turns All Year LLC, www.turns-all-year.com  (copyright info here)

hometrip reportsweatheraccessphotosskiingturns all year