Skiing Camp Muir

I’m sure you all already guessed it; there is a freakin’ highway up to Camp Muir, even after all the snow Mt. Rainier has received recently.  I headed up to Camp Muir on Sunday with my friends Alex, Gerhard, and Pat.  We skinned up the 4,700 feet from Paradise to Camp Muir in 4 hours and skied down in 1.5 hours.  The conditions were pretty white-out, blowing, snowing; but with the packed down boot path and steady line of wands (thank you rangers, RMI and IMG) all the way from Paradise to Muir, route finding was a breeze.  There was about 5 inches of fresh powder on a hard (but not icy) pack.  Hardly anyone had skied down since all the new snow, so we had fresh turns nearly all of the 4,700 feet.  My skis were happy, I was happy, the boys were happy. It was so worth the 4 hour slog up.

Foggy and snowy conditions up to Muir. There is still a highway of wands and boot-packed path. The group on the left was one of the many RMI/IMG guided groups. The specs to the right are my skiing buddies. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

My very happy skis. They were made for these conditions. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Pat's happy face about skinning up. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Camp Muir achieved. Photo belongs to Genevieve Hathaway.

Camp Muir. Photo belongs to Genevieve Hathaway.

The crew up at Camp Muir. Photo belongs to Genevieve Hathaway.

Camp Muir. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Ready for 4700 ft of turns. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Our turns in the fresh powder. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

~ by Genevieve Hathaway on May 30, 2010.

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