February, NCNP

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Sunday had me back in God’s own country. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the North Cascades.

Much has been made of our crappy winter this year, so I was surprised at how quick the transition to snow was around 4500′, and how decent the above-treeline coverage. More to the point, the skiing wildly exceeded expectations, other than an obligatory avalanche-debris-chute exit. I swear there was even snow you might call powder. Not much of it. But enough.

At any rate, it was a solid vertical mile of ski touring in my favorite range on earth. Luckily, I still have Monday to get my act together for the coming week.

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Eldorado, the Triad, and Forbidden Peak, from left to right.

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This was blissful.

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Backbone Ridge and Eldorado. The Sibley High Route beckons.

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Johannesburg Mountain and a gorgeous mellow ridge we didn’t have time to ski.

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Steep trees and the Skagit Valley beyond.

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  1. Pingback: Eldorado Peak (8876′), NCNP | Beyond the Ranges

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