My friend Dicky Lum from Stoneworks invited me to join his crew for some backcountry skiing
with him and his friends. The snow wasn't superb, but the weather was excellent. We went up the
Palmer snowfield, but kicked over to climber's left and found a little bit of snow in the
Zigzag canyon.


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Chris Riedener getting ready to leave the base. We got a leisurely start after a relaxed breakfast
at the Huckleberry Inn (I had a great breakfast burrito from the Shell station in Sandy though!).
What's the point of getting an alpine start if the snow wasn't going to be soft until the afternoon?


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Nice panoramic of the summit of Mt Hood, Illumination Rock, and Thad McCracken.


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Here's a shot of Haydar Kutuk right before we dropped skins and checked out the Zigzag.


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Picture of Jim (don't know your last name Jim). You can see out to the foothills west of Mt Hood.


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Another shot of Chris, this time with one of Thad's dogs.


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Yours truly. On the way up, it was warm enough that all I needed on my head was a hat.


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The summit of Mt Hood, from slightly west and south. Thad tells me that the skiing down this face
is a little on the steep side.


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The view down the Zigzag Canyon.


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Nice shot of Dicky Lum, one of the strongest backcountry skiers I've skied with. He may start
out slowly, but watch out. He's shifty and will sneak up past you and make you wonder where all of
that steady speed comes from. Thanks Dicky for taking me out today! You can see that the snow is
a little on the icy side.


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The Zigzag Canyon, although icy, gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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Panoramic of the view to the west of Mt Hood, including Mt St Helen's.


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A view of the guys skinning back up after a run down the Zigzag Glacier. I don't think Dicky is even
in this picture since he's so far ahead. Chris, Jim, and Thad are here and I think that's Haydar up ahead.


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Nice shot of Jim above the canyon we decided not to drop into. I skied out onto the far corner
and saw cliff, cliff, cliff, cornice, drop-off. I think this canyon would be good skiing if you
could get into it, and had a plan on how to get out of it.

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