I had this image from last year to show someone how to get to the Thumbtack during the summer. Snow Lake Trail to Source Lake Trail then back up towards the Snow Lake Divide (you are on the old Snow Lake Trail) at the big scree field go up the right side (easier) then cross back left and work your way up to the Thumbtack (circled in image). Last year at end of August was hard to see snow until just past the Thumbtack.
Thanks for the pics and intel. We made our way up on Sunday and the skiing was fantastic! Took a similar route looping around O' rock but in the future would cross over on the North side around 8000 to gain the Flett headwall. Russell glacier is holding up beautifully & is worthy of laps. August corn
Hi Mike, keep forgetting to post. A week later (week day), 6-8 cars at Esmeralda Basin parking lot. Even last week, we camped Beverly Creek for a few days of hiking and flowers. And it’s an easy drive from Ellensburg
Mike and I have done this ski a few times, we left the car around 17:00 it was I think the hottest day of the year so far. About a quarter mile from our proposed camp sight I ran out of gas, not sure if it was food or water but I wanted my mommy. Mike was the perfect partner and encouraged me along, I staggered into camp about a half hour behind schedule, and about ten minuets before headlamp time. With food and water I rejoined the living, and was not the worse for wear.........m...
Cumulus - Yeah, those heat waves were visible in my camera. It was weird because they were over cold water.
Zap - thank you for the kind words! You are a constant source of encouragement
Neilforreal - I use a casio pocket camera with a good zoom. They quit making cameras and I don't know what I'll select when this camera gives it up. I really like the zoom, but don't want to carry a heavy camera.
Mike, Your trip reports are GREAT. Skiing, camping, meeting weekend folks, one dog, large crowds, trail crossings, an ice berg which a swimmer loaded, plus the long drive from the parking lot to the last vehicle in a 1 plus minute. Thank you for the report.😀
I'm glad we can count on you Mike for the parking lot updates! It's part of the experience and yet Mowich reports only ever seem to include suncupped corn etc... but I bet the parking lot was dustbowl mayhem this weekend... Great to read an open eyed report reflecting the current zeitgeist.
And that wim hof vid with the flimmering heatwaves is strangely mesmerizing
We skied off the summit of Pugh and down straight glacier (maybe what you are seeing?) a few year back. Definitely a worthy early spring destination. It would taking your skis for a long walk right now. I need to check out the WC someday.
Bryan, must have been the three of you we crossed paths with right after getting onto the Russell. We decided to traverse from there and loop behind Observation Rock to gain the top of Flett headwall. Not the most efficient route but we made it and the headwall was great! We followed your skin tracks all the way out to the trail with a couple carries, so that was nice to be able to ski down that far. Great day for it!
It was excellent on the 26th as well. Very satisfying day. Full length Russell descent (the top, where the cups turn into dirty bathtubs, was worth it for the views, if not the skiing), plus Flett headwall and below. Very shreddable. Good ski/hike ratio, and road in good shape too. I was surprised to see only two other skiers on this perfect day. (Maybe a few others sneaked their turns in while I was on the far end?)
Nice shots, Jacob! We saw your tracks on Tuesday and wondered where they came from. So it sounds like you ascended the Talum as well? It's pretty straightforward to gain Sherman peak from the regular Squak route and ski it top-down since you can scope it on the up. For next time.
Skied the Talum on Sherman on July 19, it was great! Mostly smoothish corn till the top couple hundred feet that were a little dirty and rocky. We didn’t quite summit cause there was a schrund/most across the face, still navigable but we didn’t feel like messing with it late on a hot day.
Cuppier yesterday than last week. Still fun. The crux crevasse is getting hollow. We found decent corn off the Roman wall with some punchy sections higher at 1 pm. Made the short climb up Sherman pk and skied slightly sticky corn down the Talum before making the big traverse back to the up.
Was it one of you guys who took pics of the huge shit that Sherman blasted all the way down the Boulder Gl, within the last couple years maybe? The current image layer shows something similar... not sure if it's the same event, but regardless, I'd be thankful as well to make tracks in there without getting creamed.