Mt. Shuksan: Hanging Glacier Headwall

By:  Sam
March 29, 2012

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Allen, as un-thrilled to watch me fiddle with my crampon as I was to do the fiddling, was eager to get moving again. A few more steep turns brought us to the next choke, a choke that I resolved to myself would get skied no matter how icy it was as long as it saved me another transition.

After a quick wardrobe change and a transition back to skis, I was all smiles again.

And I continued to smile once I could see that, once again, there was nothing by pow between us and the valley.

Allen found his way through the crux and made his way down to me.

With the exception of a 4-5 foot crown we had to jump off of to get out of the the line, it was smooth sailing all the way back to the car. As we took our boots off in the parking lot, Dan walked up and casually mentioned that he just skied an awesome new line on the ridge. Riding high on the success of a day we almost missed, we headed down to Graham’s for a few celebratory beers and some sweet potato fries. All in all, an amazing day, made all the more amazing by how smoothly everything went despite thorough planning.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to those who, skiing it before us, showed that it was possible.

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  1. Peter
    wrote on March 29th, 2012 at 1:54 pm  

    hi five! way to seize the opportunity

  2. Christian
    wrote on March 29th, 2012 at 2:14 pm  

    those fd’s are more recent than i would’ve guessed. who’s gonna get those lines off the summit?

  3. rogerk
    wrote on March 29th, 2012 at 8:17 pm  

    Great report. Thanks.

  4. Jake
    wrote on March 29th, 2012 at 10:09 pm  

    Yes. Killer story. All the elements of a good time. Sun, pucker, faith and doubt. Way to go.

  5. Peter
    wrote on March 30th, 2012 at 8:56 am  

    yeah, I was surprised too by how recent several of the FDs are. Amazing place to ski. someday….

  6. powhounddd
    wrote on March 30th, 2012 at 10:48 am  

    Great TR, really appreciated. Thanks for skiing. :)

  7. ml242
    wrote on March 30th, 2012 at 3:18 pm  

    Awesome TR.

    I was pretty puckered trying to get into my skis on the ledge that is the Wanatuska headwall, too.

    • Sam
      wrote on March 31st, 2012 at 2:36 pm  

      ^^ Awesome! Mind the drop. Glad you enjoyed the TR

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