Hooked up with Greg at Alpental at noon, so time was short. Took advantage of the chair lifts and cruised out to Pineapple basin. A quick skin, put us up at Bryant Pass, then we booted a little higher up the shoulder of chair. Excellent skiing. Couloir pinch point was well filled in, and nice and smooth.
Forced back to the trees by high avalanche danger, Seth, Greg, and I met up at the house, had a cup of coffee, walked over to Hyak and started the skin up Hyak and over to Mt. Catherine. As we hit the Catherine ascent, we were happy to see a fresh trail leading the way. Whew, that saved a lot of trail breaking. Our timing was perfect, we didn't catch the lead group until right before the summit! We even got first tracks back down. We found a good, steep line through the cliffs then hopped on our skin track for two more runs. The skiing was great, and we enjoyed some new ski lines. Mount Catherine did not dissappoint.