One year ago, this occurred:
Enjoyed a windy cool day in White River Canyon the other day with a couple buddies.
Despite the cold active wind loading we managed to snake our way along the southwest edge and crossed one covered drainage to a minor moraine that consisted of a healthy mix of wind-loaded drops, icy wind battered crests with pockets of wind sculpted powder.
I attempted to get one small wind-loaded SW aspect test slope to slide, but it presented with stability for my weight. The angle was about 34 degrees and above tree line. Lower down in the trees on a SSW 35 degree slope I walked or wallowed through the crest of a waist deep sheltered powder slope, the slope had sparse anchors and I could not feel any inconsistencies.
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A few days ago after I finished working a shift, I jumped over to Jonsrud Point in Sandy, Oregon for a sunrise that didn’t disappoint. I finally realized after about a month working out of the Sandy station that this spot was so close. When I drove passed it a few weeks ago, I realized this was a go to spot for many local photographers.
Sadly the snow pack this season is still thin and we are all waiting for the snow to really start building up. Right now, Timberline only has a 13″ base. It seems to be the way things are going in recent decades, a trend towards dryness. But we still do get a good few weather events each season for some quality riding. That’s one thing I like about capturing a dynamic sunrise such as the one shown here. It adds a bit of hope as spice to hit the day or season running. Each day you wake up, you never truly know what’s heading your way. After a failed attempt to capture the sunset the night before my shift started…the morning my shift ended, we ran a late call which enabled me to leave the station moments before the sky lit up with these amazing colors, vibrant and dynamic….
The Portland Ice Comp of 2014 was well organized and the competition event started rather quick. I believe the event is coming of age as this year it was combined with the Portland Alpine Festival put on by the local legendary group known as the Mazamas. The Mazamas have over a hundred years of history in the area’s climbing Community.
This year, yours truly fell off the 5th hold of the Prelim route. The hold gave me a bit of a unique twist, I almost recovered by hooking one tool onto the other. But, I peeled off. Last year I had a much better performance on the prelim route. The year before that, well I fell flat on my back from the third hold…with none other than John Frieh holding the belay….still a bit embarrassed about that one.
Huge thanks to the Portland Rock Gym monkeys, mainly Sean, for setting the routes and for the gym itself hosting the unique event.