Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer Shredding on Lassen Peak

Last weekend I hiked Lassen Peak with Galen and Johan for some pretty-good-for-July corn shredding. When we started the summit trail in a stiff gale (with practically no visibility) at 6:30 am, we weren't sure what to expect, but hoping for the best. As we summitted at about 9 am, the clouds began to dissipate, leaving us with spectacular views and -- thanks to the wind-dried snow -- some pretty epic July skiing. 

Lassen's summit crater


Into the fog and wind

Sun!

Peering between Lassen's summit pinnacles
We skied the north side of the east buttress of Lassen Peak, before climbing back to the ridge and skiing the south side

Mount Shasta above a sea of clouds

The east buttress amidst a parting sea of clouds

Johan and I in snowfield on the southeast face of Lassen Peak (photo by Galen Carrico)





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