Mount Adams north side beatdown-July 11th 2012
I was growing tired of waiting on the face for the snow to soften enough to snowboard down, and was weary of the objects that tumble down the mountain when the sun hits them. So I decided to downclimb. I faced in, downclimbing with the two axes in high dagger position. At one point I put my snowboard on and carved 2 turns. I decided living was more important than descending with speed and style. I went back to downclimbing, crossing in and out of the runnel trying to find the softest, most mellow slope. It was just about the least amount of fun you can have while mountaineering.
I finally made it down to rideable snow and less aggressive slopes, and strapped in and snowboarded down a couple thousand feet of crevassed glacial terrain. I regrouped with Elias and ate alot of food. There were still many miles to go.
I skied the splitboard with no skins for as far as I could down the mountain. It is realy hard to find those trails when they are snowed over.
We missed the trail and alot of bushwacking ensued. I had so much stuff on the outside of my pack it got caught on just about every snag in the forest. We followed a north-northwest direction, knowing we would hit the road eventually. We reached the road, hot, tired and footsore, and out of water. Luckily a 4 wheeler came just after that and gave us a ride in the back of his truck.
While it was a failed attempt, it was still a great workout and some nice views of the mountain. You cant keep me a way from these peaks and thier glaciers. I have always had an infatuation with these slow moving chunks of ice, and all I want is more experience and time with them.