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Fryingpan Glacier skiing, Summerland, Whitman Crest, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
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This is a gallery of Fryingpan Glacier 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 July backcountry skiing trip to Summerland, Meany Crest, Fryingpan Glacier, and Whitman Crest, on the northeast side of Mount Rainier National Park.
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August 29, 2005:
Summerland, Fryingpan Glacier skiing,
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, July 17, 2004

   (Click any of the photos to view large versions)
Hiking through the Wonderland Trail jungle
Hiking through the
Wonderland Trail jungle
Summerland alpine scene, with Little Tahoma
Summerland alpine scene,
with Little Tahoma
Summerland alpine meadows, with Little Tahoma
Summerland alpine meadows,
with Little Tahoma
Bowl south of Meany Crest
Bowl south of Meany Crest
Mountain goats in the bowl
Mountain goats in the bowl
Slag heap
Slag heap
Josh checks the map
Josh checks the map
Little Tahoma and Mount Rainier from Fryingpan Glacier
Little Tahoma and Mount
Rainier from Fryingpan Glacier
Skinning up the Fryingpan Glacier
Skinning up the
Fryingpan Glacier
Close up of Little Tahoma and Emmons Glacier
Close up of Little Tahoma
and Emmons Glacier
Skinning with Whitman Crest, Little Tahoma, and Mt. Rainier
Skinning with Whitman Crest,
Little Tahoma, and Mt. Rainier
kinning Fryingpan Glacier toward Whitman Crest
Skinning Fryingpan Glacier
toward Whitman Crest
Whitman Glacier and Little Tahoma from Whitman Crest
Whitman Glacier and Little
Tahoma from Whitman Crest
Skiing the Fryingpan Glacier from Whitman Crest
Skiing the Fryingpan Glacier
from Whitman Crest
Skiing the lower Fryingpan Glacier
Skiing the lower
Fryingpan Glacier
Skiing the lower Fryingpan Glacier
Skiing the lower
Fryingpan Glacier
Strolling through the meadows of Summerland
Strolling through the
meadows of Summerland
Wonderland Trail along Fryingpan Creek
Wonderland Trail along
Fryingpan Creek


Photos by Jeff Huber

Backcountry skiing trip report: Fryingpan Glacier, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, July 17, 2004
   Two favorable July TAY trip reports had implanted the inclination to ski the Fryingpan Glacier. A bit after 5am I picked up Tri-Ungulate (Launce), who was visiting from Utah, and we headed towards Mount Rainier to meet Skinnyskier (Josh), Chris, John and Silas. At the Fryinpan Creek trailhead we were unable to find Silas. After waiting we relucantly started without him hoping he'd either catch us or was already ahead. I later learned Silas was waiting at the park entrance so we could carpool to avoid crowding the small parking lot. Sorry we missed you Silas!
    We hiked the Wonderland Trail past Summerland to the prominent bowl south of Meany Crest. We had hoped to ascend this bowl to gain the Fryingpan Glacier but the bowl's upper portion appeared quite steep.
   After a bit of discussion, indecision, and observing two packs of wildlife (Wolves? Goats? Sasquatches?) cross the bowl, we ascended a few hundred vertical feet of scree on the bowl climber's right, traversed north, then booted-up several steepish slopes to the top of Meany Crest and the edge of the glacier. From here we skinned to ~9000ft on Whitman Crest, south of the crest's highest point. We descended around 3:30 on nicely corned snow with minimial suncups. We skied towards the slopes west of Summerland where we found phenomenal skiing on steep slopes. We followed the snow as far as we could doing a few ackward portages until we were about level with Summerland.
   Based on the descent, though I don't think we lost that much time, it is probably more efficient to gain the Fryingpan Glacier by climbing the snow ramps southwest of Summerland rather then ascending the bowl south of Meany Crest. The snow below the Fryingpan is getting sparse so I'm not sure how much longer this tour will last.
   Jeff

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