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Backcountry skiing photos: Southwest Chutes, Mount Adams, Washington
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This is a gallery of Mount Adams Southwest Chutes 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. The photos are from a June skiing trip to the south side of Mount Adams, Washington. The ascent route was the standard south climb up Suksdorf Ridge, and the descent featured great skiing in the southwest chutes on soft and creamy snow.
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from May 9, 2005:
Southwest Chutes, Mount Adams, Washington, June 20, 2004
Mount Adams from near Trout Lake, Washington
Mount Adams from near
Trout Lake, Washington
Cascades Volcano Pass: appropriate payment
Cascades Volcano Pass:
appropriate payment
Skinning below the Crescent Glacier toward Suksdorf Ridge
Skinning below the Crescent
Glacier toward Suksdorf Ridge
Mount Saint Helens
Mount Saint Helens
Skinning near treeline, with Mount Hood
Skinning near treeline,
with Mount Hood
Skinning the Lunch Counter toward Suksdorf Ridge
Skinning the Lunch Counter
toward Suksdorf Ridge
Booting up Suksdorf Ridge (south climb)
Booting up Suksdorf Ridge
(south climb)
Summit of Mount Adams from near false summit
Summit of Mount Adams
from near false summit
Ben skiing near the top of the Southwest Chutes
Ben skiing near the top
of the Southwest Chutes
Ben skiing near the top of the Southwest Chutes
Ben skiing near the top
of the Southwest Chutes
Ben carving into nice snow
Ben carving into nice snow
Ben skiing the Southwest Chutes
Ben skiing the
Southwest Chutes
Looking down the chutes
Looking down the chutes
Ben enjoying the soft and creamy snow
Ben enjoying the
soft and creamy snow
Jonathan traverses back toward the ascent route
Jonathan traverses back
toward the ascent route


Photos by Jeff Huber

Backcountry skiing trip report:
Southwest Chutes, Mount Adams, Washington, June 20, 2004

   Day three's objective of Jonathan and Ben's Pacific Northwest Volcano skiing trip was the the Southwest Chutes of Mount Adams. Arriving Saturday night we were happy to find the road drivable all the way to Cold Springs campground. The next morning we started around 7am heading up the South Rib. On Suksdorf Ridge (I just love the name) I was happy to not see the child-sized suncups that I saw last July, as well as to not have AMS. We headed up to the false summit then to the true summit. Jonathan skinned while Ben and I booted. Standing on the true summit I noticed and introduced myself to Amar Andalkar who I recognized via his trademark red boots and red gaiters. Amar introduced me to Cyril with whom he was skiing the White Salmon-Avalanche Glacier. It was neat to meet Amar and Cyril. Another highlight was meeting the vice president of the Cooper Spur Wild and Free Coalition on the False Summit.
   At around 2:30pm we descended. The skiing for most of the descent was good with the snow being soft and creamy. Near the base of the chutes as we traversed east the snow got very saturated and there was a lot of scary avalanche debris, so we didn't stay around for long.
   At the end of the chutes we countered east back and dropped in elevation expecting to meet up with the Round-The-Mountain trail. Somehow we missed the trail and dropped below it, requiring about a mile of bushwhacking to get back to the South Climb trail. I didn't expect the Round-The-Mountain trail to be hard to find, but next time I'll load my GPS with a ton of RTM waypoints.
   Day's stats: Total vertical climbed = 6676', total vertical skied = 6000', miles hiked+skinned+skied = 11
   Jeff

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