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Snoqualmie Pass Backcountry

The first weekend in January brought me back to Washington state, as the spouse was interviewing for a position at PNNL in the Tri-Cities of Richland, Pasco, Kennewick WA.  Conveniently located only about 2.5 hours from Snoqualmie Pass, we decided to take a trip to the Cascades for a weekend of backcountry skiing.  FYI for the uninitiated - backcountry skiing involves skiing outside of a ski area, and generally propelling yourself up the mountain (no ski lifts).

An assortment of our pictures from the weekend.  Apparently I need to remember to take more pictures of the actual skiing.

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Alpental Valley

More pictures after the jump.

 


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Our friend Anchal joined us on Saturday. Gearing up for the hike.


Hiking


Some trail hazards

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Sunday morning, skinning up towards Source Lake

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Taking a break, having a Clif bar

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Finally some skiing! Descending into Snow Lake.

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On Snow Lake.

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Skinning up again

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Looking back over Snow Lake

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The aftermath of gear in the hotel room

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Our Sunday Route. Can't wait to go back!