Jan 26 Mt St Helens Hero Corn
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
I was able to arrange for the day off today for a trip to St Helens. Left Marble Mt snow park a little before 8am on continuous skinable snow in full sunshine. The conditions on the up track were firm the duration of the climb, as a result of the recent high elevation rain event. The only exception being the top 800', which was still fresh snow, and rime. Temps were warm enough to corn all but the top 800' for the descent, which i started at about 12:45pm. Winds were moderate out of the NW Near the top, and negligible elsewhere. In the Swift creek drainage a good size wet slide had traveled down the drainage a few days before, leaving an unskiable debris pile for several hundred feet in the 4000 to 4400' area, changing my down ski plans, and I was glad for this as it routed me to new terrain (for me) farther to skiers right, in a large network of bowls and chutes, in the vicinity of the pinnacle on Monitor ridge, that put a huge grin on my face. When conditions are right, I think this mountain has some of the finest terrain around. Not much bad can be said of a 4500' line with varied and complex terrain.