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Mt. Rainier backcountry skiing: Inter Glacier (Interglacier) telemark and randonnee, Steamboat Prow
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This is a gallery of Mt. Rainier 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 backcountry trip to Steamboat Prow at the top of Inter Glacier (Interglacier) on the NE side of Mt. Rainier, including photos of randonnee and telemark skiing.
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from July 17, 2006:
Inter Glacier backcountry skiing, telemark and randonnee, Steamboat Prow, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, July 6, 2006
Hauling a heavy wide load up the trail
Hauling a heavy wide load
up the trail
Hiking through the jungle on the Glacier Basin trail
Hiking through the jungle
on the Glacier Basin trail
Looking up Glacier Basin toward the toe of Inter Glacier
Looking up Glacier Basin
toward the toe of Inter Glacier
Chris and Tom prepare to boot up in Glacier Basin
Chris and Tom prepare to
boot up in Glacier Basin
Beginning of the snow in upper Glacier Basin
 Beginning of the snow
in upper Glacier Basin
Looking for a place to cross Inter Fork to the snow
Looking for a place to cross
Inter Fork to the snow
Skinning up the lower part of Inter Glacier
Skinning up the lower part
of Inter Glacier
Skinning Inter Glacier, looking up toward Steamboat Prow
Skinning Inter Glacier, looking
up toward Steamboat Prow
Looking down Inter Glacier from near the top
Looking down Inter Glacier
from near the top
Crevasses on the Winthrop Glacier
Crevasses on the
Winthrop Glacier
Upper Emmons-Winthrop Glacier
Upper Emmons-
Winthrop Glacier
Close up of Emmons-Winthrop Glacier
Close up of
Emmons-Winthrop Glacier
Wildflower at the tip of Steamboat Prow
Wildflower at the tip
of Steamboat Prow
Little Tahoma and Emmons Glacier from Steamboat Prow
Little Tahoma and Emmons
Glacier from Steamboat Prow
Tom starts down dirty snow at the top of Inter Glacier
Tom starts down dirty snow
at the top of Inter Glacier
Chris skiing near the top of Inter Glacier
Chris skiing near the
top of Inter Glacier
Tom and Chris skiing the top of Inter Glacier
Tom and Chris skiing near
the top of Inter Glacier
Chris
Chris
Tom telemark skiing on Inter Glacier
Tom telemark skiing on Inter Glacier
Tom
Tom
Chris randonnee skiing on Interglacier
Chris randonnee skiing on Interglacier
Chris randonnee skiing on Inter Glacier
Chris randonnee skiing on Inter Glacier
Tom
Tom
Charles telemark skiing on Interglacier
Charles telemark skiing on Interglacier
Glacier lillies (Erythronium grandiflorum) in Glacier Basin
Glacier lillies (Erythronium
grandiflorum) in Glacier Basin
Fryingpan Creek, a tributary of White River
Fryingpan Creek, a
tributary of White River
Colored algae patterns and rock along Fryingpan Creek
Colored algae patterns and
rock along Fryingpan Creek

Photos by Chris Willis and Charles Eldridge

Backcountry skiing trip report:
July 6, 2006, Inter Glacier backcountry skiing, telemark and randonnee, Steamboat Prow, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

   Tomski, in his 322nd consecutive month of skiing, is out from Colorado on his annual PWN volcano tour. I met him at his White River campground site to ski Inter Glacier, and we were joined by Chris "Scotsman". Overcast and some drizzle made the hike to Glacier Basin pleasant, and there we started to experience the "Emmons Miracle", the giant sucker hole in the lee of Rainier. We had a sporting crossing of Inter Fork and started skinning not too far above the camp site area. Lots of ski tracks on Inter Glacier now, and a surprising number of crevasses showing - a few large ones and more just opening up. Above the steep lower part of the glacier was a just-opened crevasse which sounded like it had a river running in it. By the time we reached Steamboat Prow, the lenticular on Rainier's summit had disappeared and the weather was very pleasant. A sea of clouds over the lowlands, with clouds still pushing up into Glacier Basin and lower Inter Glacier. The skiing down was generally good. Dirty, firm, and tracked right at the top, then nicely softened all the way to near the bottom of the glacier. We stayed skier's left to avoid the mass of ski tracks, which in some places had become fairly raised above the dirtier snow surface. Back into the fog entering Glacier Basin and for the hike back. I was a little disappointed overall in the snow given that it is early July in a good snow year, but I think that Inter Glacier is still worth skiing - for a little while anyway.
   Charles

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