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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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I had a great opurtunity to help out with pro guiding service out of north bend ,washington.

Day one started as all coast and cascades traverses with rain,clouds and high avalanche danger!What to do? Just outside of Alpental ski area Ben and I were forced to make some crucial descitions just five hours into the traverse.To go or not go?Especially with three very eager and strong skiers chomping at the bit.After two hours of intense ski cutting and avalnche controll it was a go.That evening as I fell a sleep I had concern that we could be in a whiteout for the next five days.Well the am came fast and to my amazement it was a clear beautifull day.And this was true for the rest of the traverse.
With an average of about 8 to 10 hour days and a bonus of an almost 8000ft day with light day packs our group was able to climb and summit two remote Snoqualime jewels.Mt Daniele and Mt Hiller.

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Sweet pics, looks like a great time! [^]
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Awesome shot !!!!
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Gotta try it next year.
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Looks like there's some nice terrain down there!
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NIIIICE !!!! Another one on added to my to do list
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Wicked report and pics...

Awesome photography too.


What people will do to save on heli lift.
Incredible!

What is on your fingertip here?



Thanks for sharing.



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post #8 of (permalink) Old 06-14-2009, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I think that is a butterfly on Jeff's finger.This was day five on the hike out getting closer to civilization.
I do not beleive they will ever have heli skiing here.There is no doubt you have to put in a great effort to ski in such a remote area.
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You should consider posting topo map scans with your route marked. It would be appreciated by many (ok maybe few) but still appreciated.
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2009, 08:36 PM
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Very nice. The Alpine Lakes wilderness has some beautiful terrain. The lobster feet are kind of disturbing, though...
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