Sandbagged by the locals again. When we packed for Cascadian ski mountaineering, no one told us to grab the chainsaw. Typical! Yet, not all was lost when we found the road to Cascade Pass blocked by blowdown. We turned around, drove to Washington Pass, and just did what the PNW residents told us to. Head for white stuff, don’t worry about starting at 2:00 P.M., and have fun.
Map below shows the region we were in, tour we did goes up valley southerly from the southern loop of Highway 20, next to Early Winters Spires. (The map may indicate we went to the crest of the ridge, but we actually stopped below what looked like a 4th or 5th class scramble to the top. Apologies to locals if I got any place names messed up. Corrections and additions appreciated.
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.