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Jim Dockery
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PostTue May 26, 2009 10:41 am 
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Shred and I spent Memorial day weekend cruising around The Forbidden Tour in the North Cascades. Not the best downhill skiing (mostly touring and traversing with a big pack) but the scenery can't be beat. If we would have been more ambitious we could have done some very challenging side trips, but just doing the tour plus Eldorado at the end was enough for me.
Our Forbidden Tour
Our Forbidden Tour

Day One:
touring up into Boston Basin
touring up into Boston Basin
John skis from Sharkfin Col
John skis from Sharkfin Col
Sunrise on Johannesberg from bivy below Sharkfin Col
Sunrise on Johannesberg from bivy below Sharkfin Col

Day Two:
climb to Sharkfin Col
climb to Sharkfin Col
rap from col
rap from col
Skiing Quien Sabe Glacier
Skiing Quien Sabe Glacier
Mt. Buckner in background
Mt. Buckner in background
Climbing to the NE ridge of Forbidden
Climbing to the NE ridge of Forbidden
Skiing Forbidden glacier
Skiing Forbidden glacier
Climb out of Morain Lake
Climb out of Morain Lake
Skiing Inspiration glacier
Skiing Inspiration glacier
Sunset on Eldorado
Sunset on Eldorado

Day 3:
sunrise from bivy south of Klawatti
sunrise from bivy south of Klawatti
Sunrise looking back at Forbidden from Klawatti
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Sunrise looking back at Forbidden from Klawatti
Johannesberg & Glacier Peak
Johannesberg & Glacier Peak
sunrise on Eldorado
sunrise on Eldorado
Climbers on Klawatti
Climbers on Klawatti
Myself and Jeff on the summit of Eldorado
Myself and Jeff on the summit of Eldorado
Skiing off Eldorado's summit
Skiing off Eldorado's summit
Skiing Eldorado NE face
Skiing Eldorado NE face
negotiating a bit of alder down the Eldorado [i:c159c3c3de]trail[/i:c159c3c3de]
negotiating a bit of alder down the Eldorado trail

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PostTue May 26, 2009 10:51 am 
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We were wondering where that traverse went. We saw you guys from afar a few times.  lol.gif

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PostTue May 26, 2009 10:54 am 
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Excellent images Jim!  I especially like Eldorado from the Klawatti vicinity - a favorite area of mine.  Your light was much better than I had.

How was the Morraine Lake up close, and the difficulty climbing out of it?

Finally, might those "Climbers on Klawatti" be NWHikers?  clown.gif
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PostTue May 26, 2009 10:57 am 
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Cool.    up.gif
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PostTue May 26, 2009 11:13 am 
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Beautiful images.  Kept seeing you on the weekend and wishing I was on my skis.  Was thinking about you guys with skis and boots hanging out with the scrub and then the narrow tree notches on the way down.
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PostTue May 26, 2009 11:19 am 
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i need to learn how to ski...  eek.gif

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PostTue May 26, 2009 11:19 am 
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Very nice!  You always post such quality images, no matter where you go.  That sunrise shot of Johannesberg is not an easy one with the high contrast of light and shadow.  Bravo!
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Jim Dockery
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PostTue May 26, 2009 11:40 am 
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Don, the lake was easy to ski acoss still well frozen, although I was glad to get off it. Climbing out of the hole is tricky, but not hard - just some scrambling up loose gravely slopes for about a hundred feet to a snow covered bench that you traverse over to the Inspiration glacier (as per Volken's guide).

Karen, I under exposed the shots on the Johannesburg sunrise a couple stops, but the summit was still a bit too bright, so a touch of lowering the highlights in the highlights and shadows adjuster in Photoshop did the trick.

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PostTue May 26, 2009 5:45 pm 
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Looks like a stellar weekend.  Fabulous photos as always.  I really like the perspective you used in "Skiing Inspiration glacier".
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PostTue May 26, 2009 7:48 pm 
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Eldorado sure looks nice from that side.
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PostTue May 26, 2009 7:52 pm 
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It seems like when you can ski there are no boundaries -- I'd love to be that mobile.
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PostTue May 26, 2009 9:46 pm 
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Gorgeous photos, Jim.
I especially like the hues of the sunset and sunrise photos of Eldorado.

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PostWed May 27, 2009 7:16 am 
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Stunning set of photos, Jim. Very nice!

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PostWed May 27, 2009 7:45 am 
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As always Jim, the pictures look Great!
What a great place to spend a bit of nice weather!
The only problem is, its Wed. and I am still having a hard time getting out of "Traverse Mode"  smile.gif
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PostWed May 27, 2009 8:10 am 
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up.gif You guys are definitely having more fun than a human should be allowed. hockeygrin.gif

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