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Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:03 AM

The Past Two Years of my Life

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.

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

Occasionally heading North to the Snoqualmie Pass backcountry

The famous Slot Couloir

and Kaleteen Peak

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

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

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:05 AM

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

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

Tagging first ski/snowboard descents in a area called the Valhallas

and all over Mt. Olympus

Five Fingers

and a first descent on Athena

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

climbing up big names like Mt. Rainer in Washington

and riding down even bigger lines like the Gib Chute on Mt Rainier

the Furher Thumb on Rainier

The Cool Glacier Headwall on Glacier Peak

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:07 AM

The Early Morning Couloir on The North Sister.

and the Prouty Glacier Headwall on The South Sister.

In total I rode off 25 Seperate Volcanos

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

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

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

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

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

Middle Chiwaukum Peak

and took in the scenery of Mt Rainier National Park

Van Trump Park

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:09 AM

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

Exploring Glaciers in British Columbia.

Before heading into the Canadian Rockies.

and tagging a few peaks along the way

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

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

In febuary I worked on my climbing skills.

and riding untracked slopes both in the resort

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:10 AM

Testing my riding skills on glaciers.

and steep chutes.

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

Working on my glacier travel skills.

Crossing a few hurles along the way.

But the payout was well worth it

North face of the North Twin Sister

The CJ Couloir on Johonasburg

and the North face of Mt. Buckner

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

The Big Chiwaukum.

Slayed by my friend Ale Capone.

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:11 AM

and explored lines within the Monte Cristos

Tackling lines in the unknown.

By now I felt rather good about my balancing skills

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

and ran up some gnarly lines.

managing to get my final face shots of the season

Getting intamate with Mt Shuksan

both on the north side.

and the south side.

and all over the Cascade Pass area


Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:13 AM

Kyle Miller 09-07-2010 12:14 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

Tagging lines like Chickamen

and Overcoat

In one of the most scenic areas in Washington
Followed by the Bailey Range traverse

and the tagging of Olympus's 3 summits becoming the first snowboarder to complete this traverse.

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 12:17 AM

:eek: stunning. i'm incredibly jealous.

FlipsideJohn 09-07-2010 12:28 AM

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

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