Thursday, November 10, 2011

On home turf. First decent on Mt. Rainier late april 11'

 Back in the states for late April returning with lots of stoke and happy to be home in the Rainier zone. The huge winter which was the second biggest snow season on record close to 900in provided great touring days.  This big season allowed my buddies Seth, Andy and me to have a shot at a fun first decent on Rainier via the Nisqually Ice Cliff with detour to check out some other un'skied lines off the point success summit on the West side and had a brilliant ski all the way to the Nisqually bridge. This run was just short of 11k in descent, culminating as my longest run of the season and it is just 24 miles from my own back door.  Thanks for the day boys, perfect. 

Snow banks! I think so.

Long walk in the park touring up the Muir snowfield the line is just right of the largest rock buttress in the middle.

View of the line from the bee hive on the Gibralter route

The boys Seth and Andy at the base of the ledges.

Seth and Andy round the side walk.

Looking down the West side yee haa.
Top of the Nisqually Ice cliff line here we GO!

 Andy below seth aboye from the Summit on pool table smooth extra firm snow.

Seth...Going down.

Andy Bondo getting to the goods.

Seth on point above the crux with lots of ice cliff exposure just below.

Seth Shralpping.
Andy and Seth on new ground.

Seth crushing.
Andy Slaying it.

Andy exiting at the bergshrund.

What a day and great line with best friends.
Gawking at our effort.

The Rainier Horn from  the Tahoma Crk. bridge. What a day!

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