Diamond Peak SE Side XC-Ski

May 30, 1982

Is cross-country skiing compatible with “summit fever”? This trip was an attempt to find out. We began the exercise a mile up the road from the Pioneer Ridge trailhead, where we parked our cars and headed into the woods following a 60 degree azimuth. Almost immediately we ran into snow, put on skis and began a long uphill trudge, bearing to the East whenever the slopes steepened above. Around noon we broke out of the woods and turned North across the open slopes on the East side of the mountain, stopping for lunch at a spot with a splendid view of still frozen Summit Lake and the peaks beyond. After lunch we continued North gradually climbing until we gained the bowl which lies just South of Diamond Peak’s long East Ridge. From the bowl a long, but moderate slope rises to the Ridge connecting Diamond Peak’s main and North Summits. Up this slope we climbed in long traverses while we considered the possibly corniced condition of the ridge. At the top we found there was no cornice, but instead easy access. 0n the ridge we took a breather and watched skiers on the slopes between the main and West Summits. Then with energy renewed we removed skis and proceeded toward the main summit on foot. After a little ways we got a better view of the remaining ridge topped with steep unstable snow and turned back. The North summit proved to be an easy scramble, however, and soon we were all gathered there admiring the view from Hood to McLoughlin. The ski off the ridge was great fun with some members of the party proving that expert downhillers can pick up the telemark almost instantaneously. Lower down, in the woods above the cars the going was a little more desperate, but we all made it back one way or another. Enjoying this outing were Gary Bricher, Tim Cook, Ken Daletas, Sharon Daletas, Doug Donoho, Ed Lichtenstein, Romella Taylor and leader John Mowat.

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