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Mt. Rainier snowboarding photos: fall snowboarding, Muir snowfield, Camp Muir
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This is a gallery of Mt. Rainier snowboarding 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 backcountry trip to Camp Muir and the Muir snowfield on the south side of Mt. Rainier. Fall storms had covered summer's dirty hard snow and we found excellent boarding conditions on a warm bluebird day.
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The complete version of this photo gallery is now available on Turns All Year CD-ROM. Below you can view thumbnail photos from this gallery.

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from November 14, 2005:
Fall snowboarding, Muir snowfield, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, October 21, 2005
Muir snowfield coated with new snow
Muir snowfield coated
with new snow
Splitboarding up the trail near Glacier Vista
Splitboarding up the trail
near Glacier Vista
Colorful rocks near the Nisqually Glacier
Colorful rocks near
the Nisqually Glacier
Wilson and Nisqually Glaciers from near Panorama Point
Wilson and Nisqually Glaciers
from near Panorama Point
Hiking the trail below Panorama Point
Hiking the trail below
Panorama Point
Crevasses open on the Muir snowfield?
Crevasses open on
the Muir snowfield?
╩Layers of old snow with meltwater above Pebble Creek
Layers of old snow with
meltwater above Pebble Creek
New Pebble Creek ice cave
New Pebble Creek ice cave
Skinning up a lower Muir snowfield patch
Skinning up a lower
Muir snowfield patch
Smooth white snow on the lower Muir snowfield
Smooth white snow on
the lower Muir snowfield
Upper Muir snowfield just below Camp Muir
Upper Muir snowfield
just below Camp Muir
Gibraltar Rock, Cathedral Rocks, Cadaver Gap, and Cowlitz Glacier
Gibraltar Rock, Cadaver Gap,
and Cowlitz Glacier
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Eric snowboarding
just below Camp Muir
Fall snowboarding on the Muir snowfield
Fall snowboarding
on the Muir snowfield
Looking down to the Wilson Glacier
Looking down to
the Wilson Glacier
Eric carving into the Muir snowfield
Eric carving into
the Muir snowfield
The snow gets smoother
The snow gets smoother
The view down with nice snow
The view down with nice snow
Eric
Eric
Eric snowboarding on the really smooth snow
Eric snowboarding on
the really smooth snow
Into the Muir snowfield terrain park
Into the Muir snowfield
terrain park
Eric hits a lip of new snow in the terrain park
Eric hits a lip of new
snow in the terrain park
Heading down the final snow patch
Heading down the
final snow patch
Afternoon light on the Wilson and Nisqually Glaciers
Afternoon light on the Wilson
and Nisqually Glaciers


Photos by Charles Eldridge

Backcountry snowboarding trip report:
Fall snowboarding, Muir snowfield, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, October 21, 2004

    Met up with Charles for some turns on the Muir snowfield. Weather was excellent. We started skinning at 7400 feet all the way till Camp Muir. To tease us there was a helicopter that made one trip after another, to and from Camp Muir. Our luck, by the time we arrived the copter was gone for break or something. Over all the snow was killer! From Camp Muir to top of Moon Rocks was slightly wind affected and variable. Nice deep pockets to carve into but overall one to four inches of sun baked goodness and crust over a surface with boobie traps. From top of Moon Rocks to the only short carry around 8200 feet, the snow could be described as the best. Couple inches on top of the smoothest surface. Btw mother nature's terrain park is still open but snow was mank near those areas. The rest of the run down to 7400 feet started off with an inch or so on smooth glacial ice. At the bottom of the hill there will be some cracks and depressions to deal with. The sagging snow bridge we used on our way up was still good for the ride down. The rest was dust on ice. Back at the parking lot you could see the lines that Charles and I had left. If the weather holds tomorrow it should be another excellent day!
   Eric

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