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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 12:31 pm 
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This was a high ski Traverse of the Olympic Range from North to South.
I will give a brief description now with more of a video TR. And we will post a link to Jason Hummel's in depth writings (when he gets around to finishing the story).

Day 1: We began at the Sol Duc Hot Springs TH and camped at the end of the High Divide trail.

Day 2: Over the Catwalk, Skied Mount Carrie and Fairchild Peak. Camped on the Fairchild Glacier.

Day 1 & 2- https://vimeo.com/343129329

Day 3: Fairchild Glacier to Mount Ferry. Dropping down to Cream Lake and climbing up                     to a little lake below the NW face of Ferry.

Day 4: Mount Ferry to Mount Queets. Skied the South face of Queets.

Day 3 & 4- https://vimeo.com/343229338

Day 5: Queets to Low Divide Camp. Skied the flanks of Mount Meany, the N.E face of Mount Noyes.

Day 6: Low Divide to Delabarre Creek. Skied a line near the east summit of Mount Christie and a steep couloir off the North side of Delabarre Peak.

Day 5 & 6- https://vimeo.com/345832942

Day 7: Delabarre Creek to Muncaster Mountain.

Day 8: Muncaster Mountain to the Quinault River and Graves Creek.

Day 7 & 8- https://vimeo.com/345964257

If you seek adventure, the Olympics will definitely fill your order.  up.gif
Photos to come.
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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 1:19 pm 
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That is a long way!

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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 2:11 pm 
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Sure was! Easier on skis though. Except when they were on our back....😃
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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 2:13 pm 
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Such a cool looking trip!
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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 4:59 pm 
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Wow... amazing trip... great videos, terrain and music.

I hope someone was there to offer you a beer at the end of the trip.

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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 6:24 pm 
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Ha! R & R, I still remember the trailhead beer you guys so generously offered up, on Rock Mountain, many, many moons ago!👍
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Way to go guys! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 7:11 am 
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Thanks Silence!
Always inspired from Crest's Olympic features!👌👍
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 8:49 am 
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Very cool, I've done all of that but not with skis! Loads o bush to wack. The only place that may be easier is that slot to slope between Fairchild and Stephens Lk. We found that difficult with no snow because of how hard the "scree" was below the slot.
You know the traverse from Queets Basin south on the other side of Noyes / Meany?
Thanks for the report.
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 9:41 am 
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54@gmail.com,
We had looked at the route that went around to the west of Meany and to the South basin of Noyes, but we wanted to ski the east face of Noyes and Meany(if it had snow to the summit),so going over the Queets-Meany Col was the most direct ski travel, but had a few route finding challenges.

Would love to hear about your route! Did you go over the top of Delabarre?
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PostMon Jul 08, 2019 9:49 am 
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Thanks,
From the pass at Martins we usually go low and drop into Rustler then up into Muncaster. Easy
Looks like you guys did Fire not the ugly other alternative.
The other route to the S sidehills from Q basin to the Skyline.
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PostSat Jul 13, 2019 6:26 am 
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Wow!
While Iíve been on much of that route- never with skis- and certainly never skiing down some of that stuff.

It would be great to have a non-music option for the videos also. I like hearing the guys, but donít like hearing music with this sort of stuff.

Thanks for posting up!
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PostFri Jul 26, 2019 7:21 am 
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Jason finally found some time to get this story up, and on his new and improved site.👍
https://www.jasonhummelphotography.com/2019/07/22/the-olympic-traverse-west/?fbclid=IwAR2RJZCjsXTH7dcrX183VuHEGVKbkxO7l5QtQh7Y_ZrHQ8SgZHy5lQLDkXo

Sorry for the delinquency.  The guy hasn't stopped since this trip....
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