Shuksan: Second Day of Summer
Last weekend I was overcome with yearning to get back out on some snow. After 2 failed trips in the previous weeks and a general winding down of the ski season I thought it was about time to get after it again. For one of the first times this spring I found a clear forecast with a freeze up the night before and a nice thaw the following day. We have been plagued by warm cloudy nighttime temps all spring.
At the last minute I called Braiden and offered up some plans. The north face has been on my hit last the whole year, which has been weighing on me. This is Braiden’s first year skiing though so he wasn’t quite up to 2500′ of exposed 45-55 degree skiing. As an accomplished climber though he was up for an ascent of the face. We decided to combine that ascent with a summit and a descent of the White Salmon.
Topping the north face there is a serious contrast walking on to the almost flat Upper Curtis Glacier. It gave us the chance to relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular views I have seen in a long time.
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