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PostSun Apr 04, 2021 9:01 am 
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With a rare all green avy forecast from nwac, Dave, Damon, Randall and I were ready to give Jim Hill Mtn a shot.  It's got a sketchy reputation at the summit block when snow covered and a brush bash approach in the summer.  So, finding a nice window to do this peak has been tough.

Dave, Damon and Randall were on skiis, while I used snowshoes.  We took the Henry Creek approach and found good, solid snow for much of the way.  The snow was starting to get a little sticky up in the sunnier parts of the slopes near the ridge at 5500'.  It was nice to get back in the shade to traverse to the notch in between the summit and false summit.

Jim Hill summit block
Jim Hill summit block

At the notch, the skis and snowshoes were dropped in exchange for crampons and ice axes.  There was one specific steep area with some run out but luckily the snow was good enough.  It even looked as if someone recently skied from the summit.  After getting past the steep spot, it was fairly easy to walk to the summit and enjoy the views.

Big Chiwaukum
Big Chiwaukum
Dave almost to the summit
Dave almost to the summit

We didn't stay too long at the top and down climbed back to our gear.  The bucket steps stayed in good shape while downclimbing.  Since I was in slowshoes, I took off while the skiers ate lunch.  I figured I needed a head start as the skiers would have an easy time cruising back down the mountain.

going down the exposed ridge
going down the exposed ridge
downclimbing the steep step
downclimbing the steep step

It was a fun trip and glad we decided to go for something with a little spice on this low avy danger day.  We reached the cars with much time left in the day.  The skiers could have done many bonus laps.

6.5 miles
3900' elevation gain

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PostSun Apr 04, 2021 12:14 pm 
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Beautiful snowy trip
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PostSun Apr 04, 2021 2:27 pm 
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Looks awesome guys. Iím jealous!
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PostSun Apr 04, 2021 5:41 pm 
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Thanks for writing up the report, Eric. Really fun day. Here are a few of my photos.

Looking down Henry Creek
Looking down Henry Creek
Rock Mountain
Rock Mountain
Gaining the summit ridge
Gaining the summit ridge
The summit ridge
The summit ridge
Big Chiwaukum
Big Chiwaukum
Approaching the summit
Approaching the summit
Negotiating the summit ridge
Negotiating the summit ridge
Downclimbing
Downclimbing
First turns
First turns
Good skiing
Good skiing
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PostSun Apr 04, 2021 6:04 pm 
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Good looking trip you guys!  Great choice for those snow / avy conditions.   up.gif  up.gif
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PostSun Apr 04, 2021 9:10 pm 
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that's a lot of snow plastered up there.
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