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September backcountry skiing photos: Moon Rocks, Muir snowfield, Camp Muir, Mt. Rainier
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This is a gallery of September backcountry 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 early September backcountry skiing trip to the Muir snowfield and Camp Muir, above Paradise on the south side of Mt. Rainier. Enough new snow had fallen on the Muir snowfield above Moon Rocks that we enjoyed perfect corn snow skiing conditions, and a ski run of 2500 vertical feet.
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from September 13, 2004:
Muir Snowfield, Mt. Rainier, Washington, September 6, 2004
Solitude in Paradise?
Solitude in Paradise?
Not on a sunny Labor Day
Not on a sunny Labor Day
Nisqually Glacier
Nisqually Glacier
Approaching Moon Rocks
Approaching Moon Rocks
September new snow on the Muir snowfield
September new snow
on the Muir snowfield
Approaching Camp Muir
Approaching Camp Muir
Silas skiing just below Camp Muir
Silas skiing just
below Camp Muir
Pete
Pete
Becky skiing upper Muir snowfield
Becky skiing upper
Muir snowfield
Pete
Pete
Silas skiing September corn snow
Silas skiing
September corn snow
Becky
Becky
Becky skiing upper Muir snowfield
Becky skiing upper
Muir snowfield
Pete
Pete
Pete skiing September new snow
Pete skiing
September new snow
Pete
Pete
Silas skiing upper Muir snowfield
Silas skiing upper
Muir snowfield
Silas
Silas
Becky skiing upper Muir snowfield
Becky skiing upper
Muir snowfield
Pete
Pete
Silas skiing dirty snow near Moon Rocks
Silas skiing dirty snow
near Moon Rocks
Becky
Becky
Becky skiing below Anvil Rock
Becky skiing
below Anvil Rock
Pete
Pete
Silas
Silas
Pete
Pete
Three skiers in a crowd
Three skiers in a crowd
Nisqually Glacier
Nisqually Glacier
Silas and Mt. St. Helens
Silas and Mt. St. Helens
Mt. Adams over Tatoosh Range
Mt. Adams over
Tatoosh Range

Photos by Charles Eldridge


Associated skiing trip report: Silas and I headed up to the Muir snowfield on this beautiful Labor Day to get our September turns. There had been new snow on the upper part of the Muir snowfield a couple of days earlier, and we hoped that some of it still remained, thus sparing us yet another September of skiing old dirty snow.
   We left the Paradise parking lot at 9:30, Silas hiking in his tennis shoes, me in my lightweight leather/fabric telemark boots. The air was very clear, and as we gained elevation we got good views of the volcanoes to the south of Mt. Rainier: Mt. St. Helens, Goat Rocks, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and, in the far distance, Mt. Jefferson. There were only a couple of small snow patches left before Pebble Creek, but the section of the lower Muir snowfield just above was in better shape (quality and quantity) than in recent Septembers, with remnants of the new snow, especially along the edges. At about 8000' there was a very short rock band to cross, but otherwise it was all snow to Camp Muir. Near Moon Rocks the new snow was completely gone, exposing the nasty snow for which the Muir snowfield in late summer is famous. Right along Moon Rocks there was a nice strip of new snow, and from there to Camp Muir the snow was all new and smooth, with firn spiegel in many areas (a usual sign of good turns to come).
   Sea level to 10,000 feet in 5 hours takes it toll on me, so I dozed a bit in the warm sun when we got to Camp Muir. There we ran into Pete (aka Bud) and Becky, and we decided to ski down together. The first 1000 feet of skiing were fantastic! The Muir snowfield is certainly not steep, but the new snow was so perfectly corned - softened on top, frozen underneath, fast, smooth - that it didn't matter. When we got to the old dirty snow, embedded with rocks, near Moon Rocks we traversed carefully to the left to get back to new snow, then skied to the short carry. Surprisingly, below the carry the skiing was (mostly) not too bad, though there was not much cover of new snow left. While hiking back to the car along Alta Vista we saw both the pile of bear scat reported by wolfs, and its likely source foraging down by the stream below us.
    Charles

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