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Mount Hood fall skiing photos: Timberline, Palmer snowfield, Illumination Saddle, Crater Rock
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This is a gallery of Mount Hood fall 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 backcountry fall skiing trips to the Palmer snowfield, Illumination Rock, and Crater Rock on the south side of Mount Hood. September brought new snow and made for great fall skiing on the Palmer snowfield.
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from October 17, 2005:
Fall skiing, Palmer snowfield, Illumination Saddle, south side of Mount Hood, Oregon, September, October, and November, 2004
South side of Mount Hood from Timberline lodge
Sept.: South side of Mount
Hood from Timberline lodge
Final turns on early fall snow before Timberline lodge
Sept.: Final turns on early fall
snow before Timberline lodge
Looking up the Palmer snowfield to Crater Rock
Sept.: Looking up the Palmer
snowfield to Crater Rock
Summit of Mount Hood, Crater Rock & Devil's Kitchen
Sept.: Summit of Mount Hood,
Crater Rock & Devil's Kitchen
Nice snow for turning below Crater Rock
Sept.: Nice snow for turning
below Crater Rock
Early October and most of the new snow is gone
Oct.: Early October and most
of the new snow is gone
Ron and Jeanette skiing the Palmer snowfield
Oct.: Ron and Jeanette
skiing the Palmer snowfield
Ben carves into the smooth Palmer snowfield
Oct.: Ben carves into the
smooth Palmer snowfield
Ben skiing on Mount Hood's Palmer snowfield
Oct.: Ben skiing on Mount
Hood's Palmer snowfield
Stefan snowboarding on the Palmer snowfield
Oct.: Stefan snowboarding
on the Palmer snowfield
South side of Mount Hood from the Timberline road
Nov.: South side of Mount
Hood from the Timberline road
Skinning near 7000ft, up toward Palmer snowfield
Nov.: Skinning near 7000ft, up
toward Palmer snowfield
Palmer snowfield speckled with lift skiers
Nov.: Palmer snowfield
speckled with lift skiers
Illumination Rock on the southwest side of Mount Hood
Nov.: Illumination Rock on the
southwest side of Mount Hood
Another view of Illumination Rock
Nov.: Another view of
Illumination Rock
The crater rim of Mount Hood
Nov.: The crater rim
of Mount Hood
Jason skiing new snow above the Palmer snowfield
Nov.: Jason skiing new snow
above the Palmer snowfield
Jason carves into new snow above Palmer snowfield
Nov.: Jason carves into new
snow above Palmer snowfield
Jason carves into new snow above Palmer snowfield
Nov.: Jason carves into new
snow above Palmer snowfield
ooking down the Palmer snowfield
Nov.: Looking down
the Palmer snowfield
More turns on new snow on the Palmer snowfield
Nov.: More turns on new snow
on the Palmer snowfield
Jason takes a jump - but his skis paid the price
Nov.: Jason takes a jump -
but his skis paid the price
Aaron skiing new snow, south side of Mount Hood
Nov.: Aaron skiing new snow,
south side of Mount Hood
The price of early season fun: blown out ski edge
Nov.: The price of early
season fun: blown out ski edge


Photos by Jeff Huber

Backcountry skiing trip reports:
Fall skiing, Palmer snowfield, Illumination Saddle, south side of Mount Hood, Oregon, September, October, and November, 2004

September 21, 2004, Mount Hood, south side: Intent on enjoying the outcome of last week's rare weather event I evaded all moral, social and employment conventions to ski today. I was initially planning to do Muir until Markharf shattered my heart into millions of little pieces by responding to my "Planned trips" thread with, "Sorry but Muir is utterly and completely tracked out". I was crushed akin to a teenage girl stood up on her prom date.
   Wallowing in freshiez despair I started to hit rock bottom. If Muir will not put out for me then maybe a life of drugs and violence will. As I drove to the shady area of Burnside to begin a life of self destruction I spotted off in the distance a large white volcano. Could I be hallucinating? Are there really any other volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest besides the mighty Mount Rainier? Oh wait, indeed there are, and there just happens to be one 90 minutes from my house! I headed back home and set my alarm for 6am.
   Arriving at the base of Mount Hood my deep dark depression induced from Markharf's post began to lift. The sky was perfectly blue and Mount Hood was perfectly white. I skinned from a few hundred vertical feet above the lodge to a bit below Crater Rock. The snow was perfect with plenty pockets of fresh. I de-skinned then made fun turns all the way down. I was now at peace with my shattered dreams of Camp Muir.

November 6, 2004, Mount Hood, Illumination Saddle: The freshiez from last weekend are long gone, but the sunny weather made for optimal time for an above treeline tour. In the Timberline parking lot there was a light breeze but hardly any clouds. Aaron remarked how spring-like it seemed. Skinning up the side of the Palmer snowfield the snow was firm but not super slick. As we began the rising traverse toward Illumination Saddle it became slicker, like water ice slick. Plenty of patches of "blue, bubbly ice" (to quote andyski), and once past these a very slick raincrust lightly covered with snow. Carla turned around waiting for us at the top of the Palmer lift. I installed ski crampons (took quite a bit to find a good spot to do so), this made life much easier.
   As expected the descent from Illumination Saddle to the top of the Palmer snowfield was lackluster but did give an excellent foot massage. However once in the ski area the snow was most excellent - creamy and cornish. Aaron and Jason hucked all sorts of features. Unforunately the hucks came with a penalty as Jason blew out an edge landing on a rock.
   Jeff

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