Van Trump area, plus telescopic view of Rainier upper mountain ski descents

6/25/22
WA Cascades West Slopes South (Mt Rainier)
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Posted by frankfrank on 6/30/22 2:19am

I already commented on another TR about the ski conditions I found,  but let me add this post now that I have some interesting views to share.

After my day trip from the Comet Falls trailhead*, I went up to the roadside viewpoint that is above the Nisqually Bridge and below Paradise to shoot some photos. Here is a link to the result, stitched from 15 exposures, and enhanced to show the many ski tracks. 

(20359 × 7593 pixels, 89MB image)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52182683100_62b5d9c8ba_o_d.jpg

This was about 4:15pm on Saturday, a few hours after ski descents were completed of the Success Glacier Couloir (TR here), Kautz Glacier (TR here), Fuhrer Finger, all with visible tracks here. Lots of tracks on the Turtle and the Van Trump area as well. It was a great day for skiing these routes, with warmth softening the calm upper mountain while winds below 8000ft kept the lower slopes from getting overly soft.

I may post detail crops here of some notable bits. But in the meantime, feel free to download, zoom in, and look around.

*Approach notes: There is currently no bridge at the Van Trump creek crossing (snow or otherwise). Early morning I was able to step and leap across, but in the afternoon when it was running high, I took boots off to wade through, knee deep. Snow was continuous above the steeper slopes near Comet Falls, at 5000ft. Patchy below that.

Overview

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Details.

Kautz from Point Success

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upper Kautz

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Kautz chute

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upper Turtle (with climbers)

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lower Turtle (with climbers)

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Success Glaicer Couloir entrance

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upper Success Glaicer Couloir

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mid Success Glaicer Couloir

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lower Success Glaicer Couloir

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Making (and observing) tracks is one of the fun parts about skiing, right?

upper Finger

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lower upper Finger

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mid Finger

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Van Trump, from perfect corn to mank

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Van Trump with skiers

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Van Trump moraines

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Van Trump lower slope

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Fantastic photos. Some we have skied and others we thought about. Your photos provide the look of what it looks like from above the terrain. It was interesting to enlarge some areas.

Thank you again. 😃😊



This is fantastic - thank you for sharing. So cool to see these up close.


Great work on the stitched together image. I'll be mentally skiing it all summer. 


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