Loving Life on Larrabee

By:  Sam
January 30, 2011

As the sun began to set, three cameras started clicking away, vainly trying to take it all in.



I won’t be down there fishing until at least next August.


As the sun finally dipped below the horizon, we started to get settled in for the night.


It sounded like everyone slept well except for me. At some point during the night I got up to go to the bathroom and stepped in a puddle in my sock feet. I spent the rest of the night cat-napping and wondering if my toes would freeze. Finally, after hours of rolling around uncomfortably, the first rays of light started to peek through the cracks in the hut. It was time to get rolling.

It looked like a sunny day over the Pickets, however a glance to the west had us questioning our plans for the day. Ominous black clouds were forming in a large front-like line over the ocean. The last thing we wanted was to be stranded in steep alpine terrain as a front blew in, however a quick one-bar cell phone call to town confirmed that the previous days weather forecast was holding true. Allen and I set out for Larabee in a hurry with the rest of the group coming up fast behind us.

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  1. Chris
    wrote on January 30th, 2011 at 4:55 pm  

    Amazing shots Sam, nice work. Those mountains are unreal. Glad to see you guys are getting after what you moved out there for. Great trip report, thanks for sharing.

  2. Ben
    wrote on January 30th, 2011 at 8:51 pm  

    awesome stuff!!! that looks like a great adventure, exactly what I imagine ski mountaineering in WA to be! I can’t wait to get out there this spring some time!

  3. K_C
    wrote on January 31st, 2011 at 10:16 am  

    Nice story and photos! The skiing wasn’t bad either…

  4. Alex
    wrote on January 31st, 2011 at 1:00 pm  

    Spectacular! That is what they call a TR. Nice tribute to those who came before you, too.

  5. Anonymous
    wrote on January 31st, 2011 at 2:56 pm  

    awesome trip! thanks for sharing!

  6. christian
    wrote on January 31st, 2011 at 7:51 pm  

    woof! way to snag first tracks ahead of the pack :) nothin’ like an overnighter for sloppy 6ths in some of the most remote mountains in the country. :P
    seriously though, awesome TR.

  7. savantskis
    wrote on February 1st, 2011 at 1:50 pm  

    sweet…thanks for writing this great inspiration

  8. savantskis
    wrote on February 1st, 2011 at 1:51 pm  

    sweeeeeet…thanks for writing this great inspiration

  9. Nick
    wrote on February 1st, 2011 at 1:58 pm  

    Wow, what an awesome trip! Glad you got to ski your line!

  10. Eduardo Blanchard
    wrote on February 4th, 2011 at 6:16 pm  

    Hey guys, fun meeting you up there- cool vid and pics too! You did well to ski out when you did- when we left, maybe an hour later, the top of the gully below the hut had frozen solid!

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