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Fletcher
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PostSat Mar 30, 2019 2:49 pm 
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Reed and I made the long drive out to Sherman Pass, WA to ski the highpoint of the Kettle Mountains earlier this week. We went for the prominence (4740!!) but ended up getting in some good skiing as a bonus. We left early Monday morning and were skinning up FR 2030 around 10:30 am. We skinned the packed down road for 4 or 5 miles until we came to the pass between the North Fork of Sherman Creek and US Creek. From there we cut left into the forest and made an ascending traverse directly to the saddle between Scar Mountain and Copper Butte experiencing some minor brush in places. Once to the saddle, it was a pleasant skin to the breezy and cold summit. The east side of Copper is open slopes that provided us with some surprisingly fun turns. We hooked back up with FR 2030 about a mile and a half north from where we left it. We were back at the car around 7 for about 8.5 hours RT.
starting out
starting out
skinning up through the forest
skinning up through the forest
Kettle Crest Trail
Kettle Crest Trail
Slopes we would get to ski
Slopes we would get to ski
summit shot
summit shot
Reed on the summit
Reed on the summit
views
views
lookout remnants
lookout remnants
almost back to the road
almost back to the road
tracks
tracks
tracks
tracks
tracks
tracks
skinning out
skinning out
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PostSat Mar 30, 2019 7:26 pm 
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Nice!  up.gif I'm finding the thought of putting on snowshoes a bitter pill to swallow after doing about a dozen winter ascents on skis this year. It's so much easier than the slog.

My downhill skills are poor but I'm working on it.

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PostSat Apr 20, 2019 7:06 pm 
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Great video my friend!! up.gif

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