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    Posted: May/04/2011 at 1:16pm
Went to Heather Meadows last weekend, amazing snowpack up there. Go get some!!




Got too close to tree on tree jib...


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 1:17pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 1:32pm
The season looks like it just started for you. There is still plenty of snow. That jump look like it took awhile to build.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 1:35pm
omgggg the snow looks so fluffy l jsut wnat to dieeee lol

great stuff dude. now for a video
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 1:37pm
SO MUCH snow, but it didn't look too cold with what you were wearing. What were the temps like?

Great shots, Ken! I'd recommend using a circular polarizer and perhaps stopping down more for greater depth of field. What kinda cam did he use?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 1:54pm
It was mid 50's and very sunny. 5mp se wind, not bad.

current forecast for H.Meadows;
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=48.859519915404824&lon=-121.68182373046875&site=sew&smap=1&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

If you wish to go hit table mountain you see in the background, I'd advise you have the 2 avy courses, and all the essential backcountry gear. We heard low rumbles all day long from cornices breaking and sloughs starting on steeper terrain.

It took us about 2-3 hours to build this, with 2 shoveling to kicker, 1 shaping, and 1 slipping the in-run. And lots of salt.

The road up to Artist Point ( right below table mtn) will open up around mid-august this year, I estimate. Right before it opens, you can get up towards tbl mountain and ride on the Bagley lake side without all that gear.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 2:02pm
look at that 3 picture drop. hey l mean, if it gets warm enough maybe you'll get a once in a lifetime sight to get a view of bikini running girls hitting the slopes 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 2:54pm
Great pics and man that is alot of work to get them considering hiking in and building the jump. I have never been backcountry boarding but I am dying to try it at least once and head out west. If you have any more pics keep posting please.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 12:54pm
Mt. Baker in background

Table mountain in background, with Mt.Herman to right

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:03pm
This is the enlarged pic in the 3rd frame of me getting a faceful of pine needles;

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:10pm
Thanks for more pics, they are awesome. You eating the pine tree on ther other hand ouch lol. Looks like a blast. Wish I had mountains like that around where I live.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:12pm
lol.. thats what i call a nosepress. But seriously looks like a ton of fun!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:12pm
This is a short hike from the very top pking lot at Mt.Baker.

Artist Point info can be found here;
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/northwest/baker/artistpoint/

We were close to the "W" mark above the river basin that runs from Bagley lakes;


Good resource for backcountry is www.turns-all-year.com

We didn't go far at all, just a 15-20 min hike! I've hiked to top of Artist and table, but not when there is this much snow pack (usually after Artist point opens).

Right now in the NW, there is soo much snow, and it continues to fall!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:16pm
Ok just wondering complete novice here to backcountry since I live in Ohio. Is this federal land and no permission required to hike. Or do you have to get permits and permission to use. Like I said have little knowledge of out west. Might be a dumb question.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:21pm
Not a dumb question at all. There is a parking tag you are supposed to get;
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/nwfp.shtml

I have not bought one this year, but plan to. Very unlikely that you will get a ticket though.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:24pm
Thanks for the quick answer gloo, thats not bad at all then. I figured they would try to permit someone to death and charge crazy fees to get out there. Well love looking at the pics. Photographer does a great job for sure. Looks like it is a blast.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:49pm
Thanks for the comments, I will pass them on to Ken!

Here are a few more;

Artist Point and TBL mtn (you can drive right up to the base of the top peak after Artist Point opens up)

Someone was creating huge balls of snow as you can see here. Some were the size of a Mini cooper. Almost thought about building a jib on two that were spaced 10 ft apart on a steep part of the hill;

Friend earning his turns. My favorite shot by Ken from the day (that's a river under all that snow!;
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 7:04pm
I didn't even notice that you ate pine in that third pic, wow! Insane man, did you land it or was it a bad wipe after?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 4:45am
I don't mean to be rude, but that's Shuksan in the background not Baker and holy crap does it look phat up there right now.  Love the picture of Table and Little Alaska.  Really great backcountry in that area.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 4:52am
OOOOOOh myyyyyyyyyyyyy... it's so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 5:23am
I miss the snow. Its freakin 90 degrees here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 5:52am
Doesn't look like you had any fun at all... LOL!!! Wow, that mountain & snow looks absolutely amazing!!! Lucky You To Get To Ride There! What a super fun sport we have that lets us enjoy such incredible places such as this!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 6:12am
looks nice in the NW, you'll be riding until next season
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 6:17am
to say im jealous i would be lieing. pics look amazing and looked like one hell of a time


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 6:32am
It is an amazing area.




Another view of Shuksan in the background.

And here is Baker.


Such a great area. When it's on, it's full on.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 6:38am
Love looking at these pics of this place. How long will the peaks hold snow fall and are still ridable jw.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 10:56am
Oops, my bad. I stand corrected, Baker is the big bad mtn in Kill's photo set!

Nice shots, when were they from?

I'd like to find out the approach to go up to top of Table mtn you took as well ( I assume up the left side facing uphill from Artist pt) I've not done the hike up TBL earlier than July, but we are thinking of going back out there on around the 28th.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 10:58am
FJ5, the tree dropped me right onto my heel edge and I did a cartwheel on my head.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 11:31am
killclimbz, that second pic is frickin' awesome! I've yet to touch backcountry... it's something I would like to eventually graduate to in the near future. I'm trying to get a group of ppls to do a heli trip to Alaska with me. :p

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 11:47am
It happens all the time. Better than catching heel landing switch in the park.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 12:55pm
Originally posted by gloo540

Oops, my bad. I stand corrected, Baker is the big bad mtn in Kill's photo set!

Nice shots, when were they from?

I'd like to find out the approach to go up to top of Table mtn you took as well ( I assume up the left side facing uphill from Artist pt) I've not done the hike up TBL earlier than July, but we are thinking of going back out there on around the 28th.


I was in the Baker area January 30th - February 1st.  I was out visiting a buddy who lives in Gold Bar who is also a splitboarder.  We got to do some great stuff while we were there. We did a bunch of lines off of Table in the Little Alaska area.  That was great super steep stuff.  We also did the White Salmon Glacier on Shuksan.  Another just fantastic drop and highly recommended.  So being that I am only semi familiar with the area, I believe artist point to be the shoulder you top out on when you leave the Baker gate?  Regardless, we booted up the lookers left ridge line to get up to Table. 


The snow was just soft enough to kick steps, though a couple of spots were a little dicey.  That thing is very steep no doubt.  Probably over 60 degrees.  If the snow had of been firmer I would have wanted my crampons to go up that route.  You can also hike up the valley and approach Table from the lookers right, though it's more roundabout.  Still, from what I can tell, there is no easy way to get on top of it.  When the snow is stable and you got good pow, the lines off of Table are pretty damn crazy, and fun!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 1:07pm
thats so freaking epic! for real man looks like your living the life...I would kill to be out there in conditions like that! pics are really dope too btw
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 1:53pm
BEAUTIFUL SCENERY! beats the office view
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 2:48pm
Thanks for the tip Kill. Yeah, the approach via the valley above the lakes is hella sketchy right now.

Thanks guys, I will quote you guys the next time my buddies complain about the 3hr drive from Seattle to Baker. I try not to take the NW for granted.

Next trip scheduled for May 28th, hope to either go up to table or do the kicker thing again if we bring our kids up.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 2:54pm
Buckeye, the snow will be around the lower Heather Meadows area until mid july. Table will likely be covered until mid august. By comparison, July 29 was the date they were able to open the road from H.Meadows parking lot to Artist Point.

There are glaciers that hang around all year around. My friend and I went up around Sept or August to table mountain ( I remember it getting dark fast after 4pm ish, so I believe it was late in summer).

If you watch vids like "the stomping grounds" from Mack back in the days, you'll see lots of Baker shots in summer.

I hope to update with more photos from upcoming trips!

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great scene. love the first photo midair. l woulnd't mind trying it one day, but the dangers of riding out ''there'' is too much for me. 
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Yeah, I have to remember not to straighten the other arm... I started riding in '88 so I am a bit retro, and the Kevin Jones style is burned into my head.
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