Since Ron is such a great guy, he agreed to join me to go up Mt Adams, even though he had
done Shasta the weekend before. We were looking for snow, and the chutes still looked good.


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Approaching Mt Adams from the south-east.


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A better view of the mountain showing the sweet chutes that we're gunning for on this trip. You can see them
lit up along the right-most peak, gently leaning to the left.


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Ron got us up and moving a little after 4AM. The goal was to summit before noon and then enjoy the corn on
the way down. I woke up feeling like junk and not too motivated. Thanks to Ron for gently pushing me along
and keeping me driven to move.


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Yowza, I look pretty rough here. But, you can see Mt Hood to my left. The sun was just starting to rise here and we're
just above the treeline, trying to traverse a boulder field so that we stay out of the ice patch. It turns out
that it wasn't the best trail we could have taken.


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It was a little windy on the way up. Here's Ron with the peak poking out.


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Ron, crossing a short snow field surrounded by terrible talus.


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C'mon Paul, tell us how you really feel! This is shortly before we got to lunch counter, where I had a miracle
change of motivation, due mostly to a a bite to eat, and possibly the Mt Adams Wilderness brown bag program.


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Mt Hood, to the south of Adams. That's Jefferson I think to Hood's left.


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The Red Bull may have also helped me have a much better morning.


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Ron bought these sweet glacier goggles at Next Adventure. When he brought them to the register, the guy there
said, "Um, are you sure you want those? They're kind of ugly." That's part of why Next Adventure doesn't move a
lot of product.


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This is what the last hour and a half looks like to the falsie. It was a bit of a highway when we were going up,
and it was a bit of a sludge.


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I think I'm going to turn everything non-white to black and send this to Apple for an iPod ad. You rock out
there Ronny, rock out hard.


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We're now at the point that you can see the real summit. Ron's jacket is money. I think the colour is sweet.
This picture is taken from the false summit.


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Not everyone has the foresight (or inclination) to bring skis all the way up the mountain. Those who do not
normally descend via plastic bags on their bums, called glissading.


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Inscription at the false summit (also called Piker's Peak): "You are a piker if you think this is the summit. Don't
crab, the mountain was here first">
- Arthur Jones - 1923.


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The view down from Piker's Peak.


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Back to my earlier comment about glissading, this is one of the channels grooved down by many bums.


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Since the snow was still a little bit too hard, we chilled out and enjoyed the sun on some rocks
before we hit the slopes to descend. This is one of the happiest parts of any day - beautiful snow
below you and no more hiking up!


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This is the summit of Mt Adams. Not surprisingly, we chose to say forget it and focus on where the
good snow was.


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Loving life, kicking up summer corn, and having a great day.

A video of Ron enjoying some turns on the Southwest Chutes of Mt Adams, 15 July, 2006: VIDEO


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Enjoying some of the great corn above the treeline on Mt Adams.


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The world is a great place with skis on your feet.


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Ron, powering through some great turns. There's a couple of guys above us who we wound up skiing with. They
had summited and they told us we were much smarter for not bothering.


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The guy at Next Adventure is a wanker. I think these glacier goggles are the bomb. Here's a nice
glamour shot of Ron.

Ron, telling us how he enjoyed the Southwest Chutes: VIDEO


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Following Ron's advice, we gently headed to the east and found the end of our run. Ron's telling me that
he's a super hero here.


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By the time we descended, we had a few other skiers and boarders follow us off the mountain. A few celebratory
swigs of whiskey and we're all good buddies. I thought this guy's Canucks shirt was sweet.


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After possibly the longest exit hike in history, we got back to the trailhead and promptly died. Neither Ron
nor I knew what this plant was, but thought it was cool.


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On the drive back to town, we stopped at some falls that are very popular with kayakers and rafters. I don't
remember the name of them, but the road travelled right over top of them.

These falls were a little more serious than Maupin - VIDEO

I was positive these guys would eat it, but they all made it okay - VIDEO


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It's days like this that remind me why I love Oregon. This is the Columbia River Gorge.


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Dozens and dozens of windsurfers loving life.

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