The original plan had Jaime and I climbing in Tieton on Saturday, meeting Doug and Alex in the parking lot of Paradise on Saturday night, and then climbing/skiing Rainier on Sunday. Things didn't exactly go as planned. On Saturday, we got in one pitch of climbing at the Bend before getting rained on and retreating to the car.
From there, we hightailed it to Packwood and spent the next couple of hours drinking beers with the locals in the Blue Spruce. After a quick nap in the parking lot, we met up with Doug and Alex, drank some more beer and then got chased off by Johnny Law. On the way back down the mountain, Lane Peak emerged from the clouds, and we laid a plan for the next day.
|Lane Peak and the Zipper Couloir in the middle|
|In the Zipper|
|From the top of the Zipper looking up towards the summit.|
|Jaime climbing up to the summit ridge|
From there, it was all downhill - in the mush. It was kind of like skiing wet styrofoam balls. But it was definitely fun!
|Doug dropping the top of the Zipper into the fog|
Lane Peak - The Zipper from Chris Winter on Vimeo.
Some unedited video from a ski descent of the Zipper Couloir on Lane Peak