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Randonee skiing and telemark skiing photos from Naches Peak, Chinook Pass
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This is a gallery of randonee skiing and telemark 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. The photos are from a November backcountry skiing trip to Naches Peak, near Chinook Pass, Washington. Low snow cover and rocks made the skiing tricky, and turned the day into a ski touring trip around Naches Peak.
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from November 29, 2004:
Naches Peak, Chinook Pass, Washington, November 21, 2004
Skinning Naches Peak west bowl
Skinning Naches
Peak west bowl
Barrier Peak and Governors Ridge
Barrier Peak and
Governors Ridge
Russ skiing Naches Peak west bowl
Russ skiing Naches
Peak west bowl
Matt randonee skiing west bowl
Matt randonee
skiing west bowl
Charles telemark skiing Naches Peak
Charles telemark
skiing Naches Peak
Russ randonee skiing Naches Peak
Russ randonee
skiing Naches Peak
Charles telemark skiing Naches Peak
Charles telemark
skiing Naches Peak
Charles skiing west bowl
Charles skiing west bowl
Scenic discussion
Scenic discussion
Frozen waterfall on east side of Naches Peak
Frozen waterfall on east
side of Naches Peak
Frozen waterfall close up
Frozen waterfall close up
Ski touring Naches Peak east side
Ski touring Naches
Peak east side
Russ AT skiing Naches Peak glades
Russ AT skiing
Naches Peak glades
Russ AT skiing in glades
Russ AT skiing in glades
Nope, he didn't fall
Nope, he didn't fall
Charles telemark skiing Naches Peak glades
Charles telemark skiing
Naches Peak glades
Russ skiing glades
Russ skiing glades
Matt randonee skiing Naches Peak glades
Matt randonee skiing
Naches Peak glades


Photos by Matt Depies and Charles Eldridge

Backcountry skiing trip report: Naches Peak, Chinook Pass, Washington
   Charles, Russ, and I decided to risk a trip over to Chinook Pass rather than the long drive north to Baker. Our hopes of good coverage were quickly dashed by a look at the south slope of Yakima Peak: it had lots of exposed patches of grass. So we decided on the west bowl of Naches Peak. Hmmmm, during the skin track up we noticed quite variable snow conditions. More southern aspects had a thicker crust while others were fluffy. Higher up in the snow we encountered more wind affected snow while there were still patches of fluff. This was all academic after our first run as we smashed our bases on numerous rocks. There was not nearly the necessary coverage. My damaged bases only caused me to shed a tear or two. Russ' screams could probably be heard all the way to Camp Muir.
   At that point we decided to do a tour around Naches Peak. As the day went on and the temperature rose the snow thickened and became more cohesive. Still not enough coverage in most places to cover up the random rocks. Our final run was through some glades on the west side of Naches and these proved to have good snow and adequate coverage.
   Matt

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