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Sadie's Driver
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PostSat May 24, 2008 7:02 pm 
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Stay tuned.  Details and video at 11:00   lol.gif  David's turn to report.  Suffice it to say, the weather folks got it really, really wrong today!!!  Absolutely gorgeous!  I'll take these "sun breaks" any day.  Easy drive to Hoodsport; stopped by snow before lower trailhead in the morning - it was passable to trailhead parking lot when we came back.  A "bunch" of people on this one today (only 5 of us)!  Weather was fine; snow was fine; glissade was  biggrin.gif  eek.gif  winksmile.gif  cool.gif   Some pics to tantalize you before the full meal deal!   up.gif 
How tacky, mis-matched poles.
How tacky, mis-matched poles.
Abandoned, mismatched poles - tacky
Abandoned, mismatched poles - tacky
Snow stops us here
Snow stops us here
Lower trailhead
Lower trailhead
Only car in the lower trailhead parking lot - snow too deep to go any farther towards upper trailhead
Only car in the lower trailhead parking lot - snow too deep to go any farther towards upper trailhead
Heading up the trail off of the road at the lower trailhead parking lot
Heading up the trail off of the road at the lower trailhead parking lot
Signing in
Signing in
This way to the summit - through the trees
This way to the summit - through the trees
Bob not sharing with this starving animal
Bob not sharing with this starving animal
Junction in the forest
Junction in the forest
Junction for final ascent
Junction for final ascent
Wide shoot of chute
Wide shoot of chute
Zoom of folks heading up the chute
Zoom of folks heading up the chute
"Partly Cloudy" day
"Partly Cloudy" day
Knee may not be 100% - but pointing thing still works!
Knee may not be 100% - but pointing thing still works!
The "train" heading up the chute
The "train" heading up the chute
Opus and Jim slogging up the slope
Opus and Jim slogging up the slope
Gus following K up the chute
Gus following K up the chute
Mt. Rainier in the distance
Mt. Rainier in the distance
Hood Canal and Lake Cushman
Hood Canal and Lake Cushman
Goat posing
Goat posing
Old goat with winter coat watching the parade
Old goat with winter coat watching the parade
Bob at first landing
Bob at first landing
Heading up to second landing
Heading up to second landing
Bob with Mt. Washington behind
Bob with Mt. Washington behind
Pointless dudes - Jim needs to instruct
Pointless dudes - Jim needs to instruct
Kolleen and Gusto waiting on summit for us
Kolleen and Gusto waiting on summit for us
Jim coming up final stretch
Jim coming up final stretch
Cool clouds above Lake Cushman
Cool clouds above Lake Cushman
Cool dude on summit
Cool dude on summit
Cool Dudette with dogette on summit
Cool Dudette with dogette on summit
Mt. Olympus in the distance
Mt. Olympus in the distance
A few of our closest "friends" on the summit!
A few of our closest "friends" on the summit!
David towering on summit rock
David towering on summit rock
Even when he doesn't try, Jim can't help pointing - here he's pointing at a cloud above.
Even when he doesn't try, Jim can't help pointing - here he's pointing at a cloud above.
Vicious wildlife on summit of Mt. Ellinor
Vicious wildlife on summit of Mt. Ellinor
Attack of the vicious wildlife
Attack of the vicious wildlife
Buttmaster
Buttmaster
Buttmaster-2
Buttmaster-2
Last look at Mt. Washington
Last look at Mt. Washington

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alpinedoug
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PostSat May 24, 2008 7:46 pm 
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We were one of the other groups. You even have us in some of your shots. What a great day for a Mt. Ellinor Summit!
Some a%$hole used this for target practice
Some a%$hole used this for target practice
Looking up the road from the lower trailhead
Looking up the road from the lower trailhead
1st view from out of the trees
1st view from out of the trees
Roy, camera shy Jeff and Mark.
Roy, camera shy Jeff and Mark.
Jeff and Mark discussing how lost we were.
Jeff and Mark discussing how lost we were.
Roy nourishing.
Roy nourishing.
A peek through the trees. What a beautiful weather day!
A peek through the trees. What a beautiful weather day!
That chute was every bit as long as it looked and quite a bit steeper! (1,100 vertical).
That chute was every bit as long as it looked and quite a bit steeper! (1,100 vertical).
Mt. Rainier poking it's head out.
Mt. Rainier poking it's head out.
Part of Mt. Washington
Part of Mt. Washington
A Mt. Goat doing what Mt. Goats do.
A Mt. Goat doing what Mt. Goats do.
N. to the Brothers.
N. to the Brothers.
NNW From the saddle.
NNW From the saddle.
To the N. from just below the summit
To the N. from just below the summit
The final 200 vertical
The final 200 vertical
Roy and Mark contemplating the upcoming glissade
Roy and Mark contemplating the upcoming glissade
NNW from the summit
NNW from the summit
Snaffles
Snaffles
NNE from the summit - towards Seattle
NNE from the summit - towards Seattle
NNW - Mt. Olympus
NNW - Mt. Olympus
N - Mt. Washington.
N - Mt. Washington.
ENE - Towards Tacoma
ENE - Towards Tacoma
Mt. Ellinor a little right of center taken from Purdy Cutoff Rd.
Mt. Ellinor a little right of center taken from Purdy Cutoff Rd.

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PostSat May 24, 2008 8:07 pm 
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We figured with all those folks there had to be some other nwhikers up there. Yep, an absolutely beautiful day.

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PostSat May 24, 2008 8:09 pm 
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And more pictures!
Bob climbing up the chute
Bob climbing up the chute
Driver reaches top of chute
Driver reaches top of chute
Curious mountain goat
Curious mountain goat
K with false summit beyond
K with false summit beyond
Climbing the chute
Climbing the chute
K approaching false summit
K approaching false summit
Driver, Opus and Bob on false summit
Driver, Opus and Bob on false summit
Opus on false summit
Opus on false summit
Opus, Gusto, and Driver on summit
Opus, Gusto, and Driver on summit
Bob glissading from false summit
Bob glissading from false summit
Jim K's dramatic glissade form
Jim K's dramatic glissade form

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PostSat May 24, 2008 8:30 pm 
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Excellent trip & photos!

Love to see the lake and Puget Sound as well as the surrounding peaks.

I think the weather forecast screwed up a lot of folks today (myself included).

What's the elevation from lower TH to summit?

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PostSat May 24, 2008 9:05 pm 
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What the heck was up with the forecast?  uhh.gif  I'm not complaining though!  A great trip!  Since it's already started, and I'm sure a few more of the many people we encountered are NWHikers or lurkers, let's keep this a free form trip report.  Just some basic condition info:

We were able to drive a little less than a mile from the lower trailhead before getting stopped by some snow on a curve.  A jacked up truck pushed through but got very close to sliding down the gully getting out.  Beyond that it was dirt to the trailhead and solid snow beyond on the road.  Surprisingly we found a Volvo wagon here!  Nice driving whoever you are.  The trail was snow free for a few miles, until near the sign for the upper trailhead, and then about 2-3 ft deep snow in the forest with another break before the ridge climb to the base of the chute.  At no time during the day did we need snowshoes!  The chute was a little soft but great for step kicking.  Of course with the hordes ahead of us they did all the work.  Based on my GPS the chute is about 1100 ft.  We pushed on, passing several groups, and arrived at the summit with about six others up there.

After lounging a bit we beat a retreat before the rest arrived or started their glissades.  I played around with some video of the three main glissades.  At first I attached the camera to my shoulder strap using my Gorillapod, with not so great results.  Oh, and some glissader error.  dizzy.gif   Wrapping the Gorillapod around the head of my ax worked much better and I was able to shoot the whole way down the glissade!  What a ride, snow was a little soft but fantastic sliding all the way down!

Sliding down Mt. Ellinor!


Back on the road the snow had receded some and several 4x4s were in the lower trailhead lot.  Enough people had blasted through that patch of snow that I'd say any vehicle with decent clearance should make it to the lower lot.  Beyond that it's still solid snow though.  I dont know my Olympics peaks too well, so somebody go ahead and label these.

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Trail
Trail
Sign
Sign
To the chute!
To the chute!
Going up
Going up
...and up...
...and up...
...and up!
...and up!
Olympics view
Olympics view
True summit
True summit
Mt. Washington
Mt. Washington
Lake Cushman
Lake Cushman
Crowded summit
Crowded summit
Mt. Olympus
Mt. Olympus
Panorama
Panorama
Glissade!
Glissade!
Another glissade
Another glissade
The big glissade
The big glissade
Melting road
Melting road
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PostSat May 24, 2008 10:48 pm 
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That video was fantastic!  5:43 of nothing but fun.
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PostSat May 24, 2008 11:06 pm 
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Great video of the glissade. Looks like you all had a fun day.

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PostSun May 25, 2008 3:04 am 
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Why the name first and second landing?  The chute looks great to descend. Great shot of Lake Cushman.  What is the rock type at the summit?
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PostSun May 25, 2008 7:04 am 
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Nice movie. I like your choice of music. Until Mt. Adams comes along that will likely be the longest glissade movie.

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Sadie's Driver
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PostSun May 25, 2008 7:26 am 
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Elvis wrote:
Excellent trip & photos!
Love to see the lake and Puget Sound as well as the surrounding peaks.
I think the weather forecast screwed up a lot of folks today (myself included).
What's the elevation from lower TH to summit?

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We figure 3600' from the car (about a mile below the lower TH) to the summit of Ellinor.  The chute was great - 1100' straight up - but very direct!   embarassedlaugh.gif


peltoms wrote:
Why the name first and second landing?  The chute looks great to descend. Great shot of Lake Cushman.  What is the rock type at the summit?

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First and second landing only as an indication that you're not there until you get to the "third" landing - they weren't really false summits - more like a ledge/landing (plus, you get to glissade THREE times coming down from the summit - so there are three landings!) up.gif .  As far as the rock on the summit - hmmm I'm no geologist, I would venture basalt - but that's a guess.  The views are fabulous from the summit - and far better than we expected to get yesterday, that's for sure.   suuure.gif

Our two-night backpacking trip got nixed due to weather - but that's ok, we had a blast!  s.d.

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PostSun May 25, 2008 1:35 pm 
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What an awesome set of glissades you guys got  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun May 25, 2008 1:54 pm 
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Where is the video of Gusto's Glissade??   rolleyes.gif  winksmile.gif

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PostSun May 25, 2008 4:05 pm 
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Gusto just runs down at full speed panting in the Driver's ear the whole way.

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PostSun May 25, 2008 4:20 pm 
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That video was hilarious.  My husband, son and I just sat here tapping our toes and laughing hysterically for the past 5 minutes - great music!  I especially like the 'Hi!" as you passed someone on your way down.  Looks like a GREAT time!!!   up.gif
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