26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

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26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by E_$ » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:52 pm

Dan, Pete and I miraculously synchronized schedules and teamed up on this climb, skeptical but hopeful it would go as a ski. We took "the skier's route" up, a perhaps new climbing route variation to the Ptarmigan Ridge climb that traverses left before the traditional fork in the route, gaining the Liberty Cap Glacier above its ice cliff, and then merging with the Ptarmigan Ice Cliff route. Our route looks like a lightning bolt, two lines on either side of the ridge crest, joined by a traverse.

After a strenuous and cloudy but clearing approach (Pete as skittle-kid Cascade jibber)...
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spirits rose as the objective came into view.
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From our bivy:
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The climb up the lower section was firm (but expected to soften for the ski), and the traverse was exposed and icy.
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We soloed the crux, and Pete wisely installed a v-thread above it for later use.
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We roped up for the broken Liberty Cap Glacier, and climbed at a determined pace, crossing many cracks.
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Dan on Liberty Cap summit of Mt Rainier:
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This will come as no surprise to anybody that's skied with Dan, but he crushed the climb like a wind-up action figure.

Not many skiing pics, we were pretty focused on getting down before temps dropped, as the clouds unexpectedly moved in. We followed our climbing route down, negotiating icy cruxes, enjoyed exposed powdery turns, and airing over a couple crevasses.
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Pete on our single rap to the icy traverse; Dan can be seen below:
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Finally, some firm fun turns to the N Mowich Glacier:
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Incredible full-on experience and complete package; thanks fellas. More pics here.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by Diamond Dachshund » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:42 pm

Full on. Strong work. It's cool that you guys nailed it this year before it got out of condition. That traverse looks ball-retracting. Was it?

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by E_$ » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:56 pm

What balls? Haven't seem 'em since.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by DonJuanPakistan » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:05 pm

Lord have mercy!

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by PeteH » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:51 pm

Thanks Eric and Dan for supplying the vision and the stoke. I was just along for the ride and to make the v-threads.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by Jason Hummel » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:48 am

Damn boys. Way to kill it.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by ryanl » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:53 am

Way to go boys! Over the top impressive.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by Alex » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:03 am

Sweet! way to kill it.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by teleross » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:33 am

Yeah boyeeeezzz!

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by skykilo » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:01 pm

Alive/dead status ascertained. Dirty dirty.

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by skykilo » Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:30 am

Better watch your back for the murderous skiing broccoli.
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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by E_$ » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:56 am

!?!?!?
wtf, scary like a clown

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by ryanl » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:15 pm

Not that it needs one, but is there a story behind this?

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by E_$ » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:11 am

eat it because it's good for you

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Re: 26 Jun 2011 - Ptarmigan Ridge Ski - Mt Rainier

Post by DonJuanPakistan » Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:18 pm

Add garlic and premier first descents to taste.

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