June 8, Chinook Pass, MRNP

Tom emailed, then he called. I had just taken the batteries out of my avalanche transceiver, but he convinced me that Chinook Pass in Mt. Rainier National Park, would be worth putting the batteries back. Only a 2 hour, ten minute drive! It was forecasted to be the only sunny day this week! Well after his cajoling I decided I better dust the skis off. I called up Greg Louie and invited him along as well. Unfortunately Tom became unable to go. But it was too late for Greg and I to back out. The fuse had been lit.

KABOOM! - Greg carves up the soft upper slopes of Naches Peak

Greg with our first run of the day in the background.  We did the Line angling to the right.  Greg appreciated his new shorter skis. 

Naches peak  -  The rocky thing down the ridge.

Hardest part of the day

Short walk back to the car.

We parked just East of Chinook Pass, then headed clockwise around Naches Peak.  Skied two laps on the backside of Naches then dropped over the front for a great ski back down to the road.  Thanks to Joe, who had the only other car parked up at Chinook Pass.  He asked us where we were going to ski, and we said we thought we would just follow him.  He offered to show us his usual route.  Thanks Joe.  Did three 1,000 foot laps.

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