“The Pipeline” on Mt. Angeles

Posted by Tyler Reid - January 23, 2013 - Dispatches & Trip Reports - No Comments
The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

This is a line I’ve been staring at for years, and despite being relatively close to the road I’ve never seen a track in it. Last Friday conditions lined up for Jack, Solveig and myself to go check it out.

Skiing The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

We accessed the line from around the back side, skinning up the west side of Mt. Angeles and wallowing up a rotten, sunbaked gully to a col. From here we used a ski anchor belay to punch in a traverse across an exposed entry ramp. The aspect of the line is east-northeast, and being etched into an alpine face it stays shaded for much of the day.

Skiing The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

This put us a short bootpack to the top where there’s plenty of room for a casual transition.

Skiing The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

Ski conditions were variable but better than expected with chalky snow and pockets of microfilm crust.

The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

Solveig drops in.

The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

The crux came at the end where the angle rolls over considerably and a wind feature has created an unskiable wave (less apparent in the photos). We downclimbed this section which shouldn’t be necessary later in the season as more of an apron develops.

The Pipeline on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

Jack downclimbing the crux.

With time to spare we skinned up to Klahhane Ridge and climbed the SE ridge of Mt. Angeles, dropping 2,000′ down the south face in the late afternoon glow.

Ski mountaineering on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

Solveig, sending on the SE ridge of Mt. Angeles.

Ski mountaineering on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

Afternoon glow on the summit ridge.

Ski mountaineering on Mt. Angeles, Olympic Mountains

Jack dropping the knee on more casual terrain.