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Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:03 AM

The Past Two Years of my Life
 
Introduction

My name is Kyle Miller and I am a full time ski bum, averaging over 100 days and riding 9 months a year for the past 10 years (and 95 consecutive months of earning turns). Over the years I have gotten deeper and deeper into the backcountry. What started as the occasional bootpack in the sidecountry has now become week long expeditions deep in remote parts of the Cascades and Olympic Mountains. This TR is a combination of my past two years. Enjoy.

The 08/09 Season.

During the lift serviced season I roamed around my local stomping ground in and around Crystal Mountain located 70 miles south of Seattle.

http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/v...l/DSC07152.jpg

Only 10 miles east of Mt Rainier,Crystal Mountain has some of the best Backcountry out of all the resorts in Washington state.

http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/v...l/DSC07185.jpg

Occasionally heading North to the Snoqualmie Pass backcountry

The famous Slot Couloir
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...t/IMG_1295.jpg

and Kaleteen Peak
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...gontail/20.jpg

Before long the resorts were closed and we were in the spring touring season.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...l/DSC07574.jpg

pushing deeper and deeper into the backcountry, tagging lines in the middle of Nowhere.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...9178f7b6_b.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:05 AM

Once the weather settled I pushed my own physical limited, heading off on a 7 day tour deep in the Olympic Mountains.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/DSC_5814.jpg

Traveling over 60 miles all together in some of the most rugged and wild terrain I had ever encountered.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/DSC_6665.jpg

Tagging first ski/snowboard descents in a area called the Valhallas
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/DSC_6636.jpg

and all over Mt. Olympus

Five Fingers
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/DSC_5985.jpg

and a first descent on Athena
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/DSC_6402.jpg

Once my feet were healed I was off to tackle the Cascade Volcanos.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...n/DSC_7776.jpg

climbing up big names like Mt. Rainer in Washington

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s.../9DSC08088.jpg

and riding down even bigger lines like the Gib Chute on Mt Rainier
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...9/DSC06922.jpg

the Furher Thumb on Rainier
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...23DSC08124.jpg

The Cool Glacier Headwall on Glacier Peak

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...n/DSC_7683.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:07 AM

The Early Morning Couloir on The North Sister.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMG_0343_3.jpg

and the Prouty Glacier Headwall on The South Sister.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...23IMG_2699.jpg

In total I rode off 25 Seperate Volcanos

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...37IMG_2422.jpg

and rode almost everyday until all the snow had melted in late July

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...n/DSC_7877.jpg

Beaten and exhausted I took a much needed break for the next 3 months

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/DSC_6717.jpg


Within a week of the first snowfall we were literally neck deep in the 09/10 Season

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...821_282980.jpg

and taking advantage of my splitboard on opening day at Crystal Mountain.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...l/DSC08766.jpg

By December the snowfall slowed down and we climbed a few rather Isolated Peaks

Middle Chiwaukum Peak
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/DSC_8898.jpg

and took in the scenery of Mt Rainier National Park
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...CometFalls.jpg

Van Trump Park
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ller411/12.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:09 AM

With snow conditions faring better in Canada for the month of January,Jason Hummel and myself decided to head up north.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...a/DSC_9964.jpg

Exploring Glaciers in British Columbia.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...a/DSC_0008.jpg

Before heading into the Canadian Rockies.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...DSC_0825-1.jpg

and tagging a few peaks along the way

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...DSC_0854-1.jpg

I was amazed by how the glaciers hung to the Massive rock walls.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...DSC_1014-1.jpg

but before long it was time to say goodbye to Canada and head back home.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...t/DSC_1726.jpg

In febuary I worked on my climbing skills.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...32bd5b38_o.jpg

and riding untracked slopes both in the resort

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...010/Scott1.jpg
backcountry

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...d87029_o-1.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:10 AM

Testing my riding skills on glaciers.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...Nisqually2.jpg

and steep chutes.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...0/DSC_1715.jpg

By March I was ready to go out and tackle bigger more remote peaks.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...0/100_1036.jpg

Working on my glacier travel skills.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...iller411/6.jpg

Crossing a few hurles along the way.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...iller411/3.jpg

But the payout was well worth it

North face of the North Twin Sister
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...0/100_0983.jpg

The CJ Couloir on Johonasburg
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...h%2010/CJ4.jpg

and the North face of Mt. Buckner
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/Buckner2.jpg

In April I was feeling strong and focusing on going the distance in the Stevens Pass area

The Big Chiwaukum.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...er411/13-1.jpg

Slayed by my friend Ale Capone.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ller411/16.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:11 AM

and explored lines within the Monte Cristos

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ller411/20.jpg

Tackling lines in the unknown.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ller411/25.jpg

By now I felt rather good about my balancing skills
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ller411/31.jpg

In early May the PNW was nailed with a Late season snow storm.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...r411/Rock1.jpg

and ran up some gnarly lines.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...11/Stuart1.jpg

managing to get my final face shots of the season
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...11/Stuart2.jpg

Getting intamate with Mt Shuksan

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_1705.jpg

both on the north side.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_1785.jpg

and the south side.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/Shuksan3.jpg

and all over the Cascade Pass area

Sahale
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...11/Sahale1.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:13 AM

Eldorado
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...r411/Eldo3.jpg

The Dorado Needle
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...r411/Eldo2.jpg

and Klawatti
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...er411/Eldo.jpg

even with all that touring there was still so much to be explored.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...11/Sahale2.jpg

In June the days were long and the tours were longer

Like Dome Peak.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ler411/6-1.jpg

Seven Fingered Jack.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...iller411/1.jpg

Cardinial Mountain.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...ler411/1-1.jpg

Abernathy Peak.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_1946.jpg

and Mt Robinson.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_1957.jpg

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 01:14 AM

This July was by far the most grueling month with two back to back tours with over 120 miles traveled in 14 days and almost 50,000 vert.

The First being the Alpine Lakes Traverse
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_1976.jpg

Tagging lines like Chickamen
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_2025.jpg

and Overcoat
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_2008.jpg

In one of the most scenic areas in Washington
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_1973.jpg
Followed by the Bailey Range traverse

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_2029.jpg

and the tagging of Olympus's 3 summits becoming the first snowboarder to complete this traverse.
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...1/100_2030.jpg

I hope you enjoyed this pic heavy trip report and I look forward to posting on your forum this upcoming season.

Kyle Miller

ColinHoernig 09-07-2010 01:17 AM

:eek: stunning. i'm incredibly jealous.

FlipsideJohn 09-07-2010 01:28 AM

all i can say is... amazing.
thanks for posting these awesome pics.


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