July 4, 2019, Paradise Glacier via Mazama Ridge

7/4/19
WA Cascades SW (Mt Rainier)
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Posted by NickD on 7/6/19 11:36am
A bit delayed but possibly, for some, useful information. Paradise Valley Road finally opened. Arrived at Fourth Crossing TH with NO cars in the lot at 920. Wow! Some blobs of disconnected snow up to Mazama Ridge but had to carry to Sluiskin's Chair. Then continual snow the whole way. Smooth glacier with increasing raised tracks. Crevasses easily avoidable. You may be able to do the high steep exit (skier's right) off the glacier with a brief step over a few rocks... but not for long.

We only saw one other couple all day. Pleasant conditions. I guess all the cool/smart kids went way south. No camera available.
That was YoYo and I that you saw.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wmakXtMgDetWsUjg7

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6wxJP2kyczNk6CBw9

https://photos.app.goo.gl/tkM6d83eegg7V9e67
2019-07-17 12:36:19
Randito
Nick, thanks  for the snow info about the "walk" from the car to  the "chair."

Randy,the videos and photo are GREAT. Timing to see the "fight". ;)
2019-07-17 12:50:47
Zap
Boy, Nick, you hit it just right! And Randy - Sumo Marmots! I've never seen that behavior before. That was amazing, thanks for the treat of that video!
2019-07-17 14:37:58
mikerolfs

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