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Ascent of Welldiggers Ass on 2016-01-18

Climber: Patty Cokus

Date:Monday, January 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Welldiggers Ass
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5273 ft / 1607 m

Ascent Trip Report

started skinning from Yodelin just past Stevens Pass on MLK day. Worried about parking with all the Ski resort cars getting directed their with their other lots full...plenty of parking though at 10am. Was told to park at a crap not really plowed out spot by the most full ever port-o-potties I've ever seen ... YUCK!

HIGH Avy danger so had heard this was a good place to go. Sean, Ava and I skinned up and to the summit of (I guess Weldiggers Ass) and saw others planning on heading down left through very thick steep trees. Opted to go back down a bit and on the backside the trees were a bit farther spaced. I did 4 yo-yo's (short runs) and Sean did 5. Really great powder that did harden up on further runs, gorgeous with no wind and pretty warm. Darkish skies for great drama.

Debated how to head down. Based on talking with a few others mostly follow skin trail back but off occasional for good turns. Had one AWESOME spot of 4-6 turns in excellent untracked powder, then through thick trees.

Challenging day for me all around but fun!

Back to car and pulling out...heard huge crunching and underside had pulled off on the snowbank. Ooops! We should have listened to our gut and not the guy directing traffic and not parked there. Put large car part in the back and off just before 4pm.

Traffic was fine until it wasn't....took 2 hours to get to Monroe. One full hour of serious 5mph stop/go. So stopped for dinner at Toscano's (Monday night is $6.99 wine glasses) and then home by 7:30pm.
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