May 29-30, 2009.
Mike Kruger, Gunnar Birkeland, Joe Brady and I climbed Mount Adams and skied down. That’s about it. Drove in from Lyle, got our permits at Trout Lake and started hiking around 2 pm.
Trekking through the trees- soon to get steep uphill. At least we have snow this low!
First break at 4 pm. Not sure what Joe is staring at in his palm…
Made it to camp by 6 pm. Time for dinner. Everyone eats the expensive freeze-dried meals except Mike- he eats Top Ramen. It appears to work for him.
A pound of happiness!
Slumming it in the trees. Did he steal this Backpackers Pantry from someone?
I brought my tent and “slept” on the only flat spot around.
Mike dug himself a semi-flat area, but it looks pretty uncomfortable to me. Notice he’s in bed before the sun went down. But he did get up to watch the sunset.
It was very hazy due to sand storms in China. For real.
The next morning we got up relatively late and skinned up the mountain.
Here’s Joe at the lunch counter.
Three hours from the lunch counter to the summit. Not bad.
Proof- Mount Rainier to the north.
Mount St. Helens to the west.
Dweebs straight ahead.
The ski down was epic. Great corn snow.
Gunnar on a perfect pitch-south west chutes.
Joe showing some nice double-pole technique.
Mikey took a turn with my camera. Here I am basking in the glory after the pain of 8000 vertical feet of skinning.
…to the top!