These are some pictures from a quick trip on the AT skis with Andrew North up to
the Newton Creek, on the far side of Mount Hood Meadows. I've also got a few shots
from a Feb climbing day at Broughton's with Hempy and Tony.


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We started at the base of the Mount Hood Meadows Nordic Centre, and followed the Heather Canyon
trails up where the great snow was.


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After a brief encounter with the Meadows trail service, we were advised that the better snow lie over
the top of the ridge. So, we "cut a skin line" right up the ridge. The only down side was that the
traverse across the wind-swept icy mess wasn't really optimal. Good thing my edges were sharp!


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Somebody asked me one time why we skin up and spend so much energy getting up the hill for only a few minutes of
downhill. Well, check out this pitch of barely-touched beautiful powder on a perfect day. This is why
we ski off-resort.


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And because of snow like this.


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Yup, just a great day to be up on the mountain and enjoying life. This was to be the last day that
I rented gear, as I had put in my requisite number of days of rental so that I could justify AT bindings
and new boots.


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On the way out from Newton Creek, we got the pleasure of enjoying some cross-country trails. We actually
thought we were off-trail for a while, until we found this bridge crossing over to the rest of the
Nordic Centre trails. I decided that I was so strong on skis that I'd just ski right across this bridge.
Check out the ruts!


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Yeah, as usual, not one of the brightest things I've done in awhile.

These are my pictures from the same trip


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We had such sweet weather. The snow was nice, the sun was out. Just a great day all around.


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As mentioned, we skinned up the Heather Canyon, which isn't really backcountry, but got us up to where the
Heather lift is for Meadows, which puts us just below some sweet skiing.


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For some reason, we decided to sit on our edges for 20 minutes and cross a junky slope. This is
Andrew whining like a girl, but with a nice shot of Hood behind him.


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There is nothing better than a fun morning skinning with a great lunch waiting for you. Here
Andrew and I sit in the sun and consider our descent options.


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Me, right before I hopped the cornice and dropped into some sweet pow-pow.


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Andrew, loving the snow.


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Andrew after hopping into some lightly touched snow.


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Making some fun turns.


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A small ledge to hop from.


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Andrew on the way out.

I took some video of Andrew enjoying the snow and dropping some spray. VIDEO CLIP



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I'm using a really nice tool called FirmTools Panorama Composer to make panoramas. My trial ran
out so I can only use this in black and white, but it still makes for a nice panorama. That's
Andrew in the middle turning his split board into a descent tool.

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