High Pressure

By:  Sam
January 3, 2011

After a day of skiing short sunny shots, Allen and I were ready for something a little bigger, and the encroaching crowds were helping to push us out as well. So, we headed off for Barometer Peak, about 5 miles from the parking lot.

Sunrise over Shuksan, and what passed for backcountry earlier in the week.

Allen, Brian, and the first good view of our goal for the day.

Allen dropped into this line to see if we could ski pillows down into the basin.

We couldn’t. The pillows were less pillowy, and more huge-cliff-to-flat-y, so we ran away with our tails tucked.

This looks pretty fun, eh?

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  1. scottydubsnw
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 1:04 am  

    that last photo of peak thru trees you say to be larabee, close, this is winchester mtn, larabee is to looker left( if standing in baker’s lot. Larabee is a taller, shear rock with snowy slope facing the e-se. I look at these mtns many days thru winter with imagination that i will summit and snowboard descent them all!!!!!

    • jake
      wrote on January 6th, 2011 at 11:08 am  

      That pic was correctly labeled as Larrabee. Winchester does not have that much of an exposed face.

  2. Ben
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 9:42 am  

    nice pictures, looks like fun!!!

    I hate near-certain inconvenience!

  3. Greg
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 11:39 am  

    great TR Sam! Pretty friggin clear why you moved :D

    That woods shot definitely got me giddy… loved it

  4. savantskis
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 11:57 am  

    Was wondering what you guys have been up to out there. Thanks for the update and some pics. The Jan thaw didn’t hit out there I take it

  5. Porter Haney
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 4:43 pm  

    I’d like to know about Allen’s aggressive hitch hiking.

  6. christian
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 5:24 pm  


  7. Sam
    wrote on January 4th, 2011 at 9:53 pm  

    so a guy on TAY says that those were cougar tracks. Cougar, lynx, or bobcat: it’s pretty cool to know that they’re out there.

    As for allen’s hitch hiking, we were deciding which would be the best way to approach getting a ride: either having him show a little skin, or going all crazy style and running into the road naked with a rock in hand threatening cars (actually witnessed this in India). I’m not going to tell you which tactic he actually used though….

  8. Samthemandaddy
    wrote on January 7th, 2011 at 2:34 pm  

    The tracks are obviously cougar based on my google image research. The toes are always more splayed. In addition I saw one in SC (yes south carolina) and it had big feet. Keep working on your spelling Sam.

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