March 3, 2002, Cowlitz Rocks, Mt. Rainier N.P.

WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
Posted by peaceriver on 9/10/02 11:36pm
Sparkling spring day leisure start and skinning by 1000, snow still firm and lots of tracks on Mazama ridge from folks having fun on Sat. T-shirts and sun screen on the lower Paradise no wind and the snow softening up sweetly made for a easy ascent up to the saddle. A few sluffs on south facing slopes hard crust under the one the three inches of soft. By all appearences a firm crust from the rain last week even up to 7,000. Upper Paradise Glacier quite skiable with snow a bit more crusty on southeast facing aspects above 7,000. Snow setting up a bit heavy on the way out down low all in all A painfully pretty day to be out.


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2002-09-11 06:36:30