January 6, 2002, Crystal backcountry
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
Went to Crystal last weekend to ski, never thought it would possibly turn into water skiing. We changed our destination quickly when we found out the weather was turning so quickly. Our intended destination was East Peak/Lake Basin or somewhere North facing in pursuit of some good snow. As we left the car, it started to rain so we only climbed as high as the top of the old Bullion Basin chair and practiced doing some beacon searches. There were four of us in the group, we each took turns burying a beacon and then had one person search for it while the rest of us tagged along and watched how the "searcher" was doing. So all in all we did turn our bushel of lemons into a little lemonade. Oh and then the fun part, we skinned up the road to the top of the real "Gold Hills" chair, skied down and back to the parking lot from there.