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Old May 20th, 2016, 07:27 AM
Jim Dockery Jim Dockery is offline
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Default Great Ski Day in the Cascades

I was up on a couple of little mountains near my house for some great spring skiing this week. I'd been up in the area climbing a few days before and spotted some good ski lines, but needed to come back and clear a way through some tough brush first so we could reasonably carry our skis up into this valley without a trail.

I did the recon and clearing a couple days before, my young friends did the step kicking up the steep snow, then dropped in first for my camera.

I'm going to exceed the suggested limits for photos with an addition to do this in a trip report story telling style, which reflects my documentary photo effort that day. It can be quite a challenge to keep up with these hard charging young bucks up a mountain, get out my camera, shoot, stash it safely, ski down myself, repeat on another mountain, then hike out without twisting my ankle or falling in the river!





Chris in the easy brush, our first mountain above





North Face of Del Campo - 1st run





Chris drops in 1st





Jeff goes for it





Our ski line on Lewis Pk.





Climbing Lewis
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Old May 20th, 2016, 07:36 AM
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Pano on top of Lewis (click for large version)






Chris skis Lewis





Hiking (esp. with skis) off trail in this area is a challenge
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Old May 20th, 2016, 08:40 AM
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Hi, Jim,

This series is wondrous in so many ways—the activity itself, so dangerous and yet with a beautiful result; the "players", skilled and brave; the stunning scenery; and the photography, itself wonderful in many ways.

Bravi to all involved (and the word seems especially apt here)!

Best regards,

Doug
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Old May 20th, 2016, 11:29 AM
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Chris drops in 1st





Jeff goes for it



I am amazed at the images and bravery! What's it about us that we take such risk for a gasp of beauty?

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Old May 22nd, 2016, 07:06 AM
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Thanks guys, but in all honesty these climbs/descents didn't take any bravery, just skill. The two pics you highlight Asher are dramatic, but the angle relents a few hundred feet below without any cliffs or other dangers so a fall would not be fatal (hence not truly extreme even if it looks like it). The snow conditions were perfect - 0 avalanche danger, great surface for turning, and temperatures to keep it all that way. My partners and I have been skiing since we were kids, and doing this back-country climbing stuff very actively for a long time (40+ yr in my case) so it's like walking to us. On top of that these mountains are in our backyard (about an hour drive to the trail head) and I've got a spiritual connection with them.
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 08:28 AM
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Hi, Jim,

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Thanks guys, but in all honesty these climbs/descents didn't take any bravery, just skill. The two pics you highlight Asher are dramatic, but the angle relents a few hundred feet below without any cliffs or other dangers so a fall would not be fatal (hence not truly extreme even if it looks like it). The snow conditions were perfect - 0 avalanche danger, great surface for turning, and temperatures to keep it all that way. My partners and I have been skiing since we were kids, and doing this back-country climbing stuff very actively for a long time (40+ yr in my case) so it's like walking to us. On top of that these mountains are in our backyard (about an hour drive to the trail head) and I've got a spiritual connection with them.
All that is wonderful, and actually adds to the wonder of what you do and what you bring to us.

Best regards,

Doug
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Old August 17th, 2016, 01:24 PM
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Stunning pics Doug. Thanks for sharing!
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