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Skiing snowboarding pictures: Mount Rainier Muir snowfield on split board and fat skis
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This is a gallery of skiing snowboarding split boarding pictures 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 May backcountry trip to the Muir snowfield and Panorama Point on the south side of Mount Rainier. Fogged out of the Nisqually Chutes, we found great turns around Panorama Point - lots of pictures of split boarding, snowboarding, and skiing.
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from May 16, 2005:
Skiing, snowboarding, and split boarding,
Muir snowfield, Panorama Point, Mount Rainier, Washington, May 6, 2005

Chris skinning in fog below Panorama Point
Chris skinning in fog
below Panorama Point
Split boarding Eric pauses on the Muir snowfield
Split boarding Eric pauses
on the Muir snowfield
Looking down Muir snowfield
Looking down Muir snowfield
Mount Rainier and Nisqually Glacier through the fog
Mount Rainier and Nisqually
Glacier through the fog
Rene skiing near Panorama Point
Rene skiing near
Panorama Point
Eric and John split boarding
Eric and John split boarding
Eric and John snowboarding near Pan Point
Eric and John snowboarding
near Pan Point
Eric snowboarding
Eric snowboarding
Eric split boarding near Panorama Point
Eric split boarding
near Panorama Point
Rene
Rene
Rene
Rene
Chris skiing above Golden Gates
Chris skiing above
Golden Gate
John snowboarding above Golden Gates
John snowboarding
above Golden Gate
Rene skiing Golden Gates
Rene skiing Golden Gate
Eric snowboarding Golden Gates
Eric snowboarding
Golden Gate
Eric split boarding Golden Gates
Eric split boarding
Golden Gate
Chris
Chris
John
John


Photos by Charles Eldridge

Backcountry skiing, snowboarding, split boarding trip report:
Muir snowfield, Panorama Point, Mount Rainier, Washington, May 6, 2005

   I met Eric and John, with split boards, and Rene and Chris, with fat Seth Pistols, in the Paradise parking lot under foggy conditions. Coverage above Paradise was adequate, if not ample, and the snow had a coat of very white new snow. Skinning up to the base of Panorama Point we discovered ropes and a sign saying that the winter route was closed. There was a ledge of snow on the summer trail and we were able to skin the whole way to Pebble Creek with one short carry. I waited at the bottom of the Muir snowfield for the others and enjoyed a snack in the sunbreaks.
   From there we skinned up the far right side of the Muir near rocks because the fog kept coming and going. Looking up we could see Rainier's summit in the sun and there were plenty of sucker holes, so we were optimistic that the visibility would continue to improve. We gathered at about 8500 feet and decided to pull the skins and traverse over to the entrance to the Nisqually Chutes. Before we were ready to go, however, dense fog set in and we were not to break out of it until later when we had descended below 7000'.
   Still optimistic, we traversed over toward the entrance, using Eric's altimeter and the very brief moments of slightly better visibility. We poked around the western edge of the Muir, descending a little, looking for the entrance but just couldn't find it. When Eric cut a small 35 degree slope above some cliffs and triggered a wet sluff which poured over the cliffs, we decided that that was our signal to give up, so we traversed back to our skin track and followed it down out of the fog.
   The skiing and boarding was actually very nice - the new snow was fast and buttery. Not wanting to deal with a carry down Panorama Point, we crossed Pebble Creek and scooted over to the east-facing slopes just above Pan Point, where we found very nice conditions on the steep little drops there. The surface layer of new snow slid readily, making good hissers. We poked around a little above Edith Creek basin, hoping to find a direct way down, but all connections were melted out to the west of Golden Gate, so we made our way east and skied the nice slope into the basin. Once to the gentler slopes in the basin the snow became slow and grabby, but the creek was still bridged and it was possible to ski right to the parking lot down the trail.
   Charles

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