30 Minute Edit about our recent overnight splitboard trip on Mt. Hood's North Side. As the temperatures keep rising in the PNW, we are forced to go longer, harder and higher to find winter. The trip took place this past weekend, December 6th - 7th, 2014 on the Cooper Spur.
Danny Cegla, Jesse Hambley, and Jack Wallis
We went up last night to steal some first turns from the dawn patrol! Perfect 4-6" pow conditions on Mt. Hood above Magic Mile. Still pretty boney below Palmer, but still super fun to ride down through.
After the recent storm that tackled the lower Cascades, we headed up Mt. Hood to check out conditions and pursue the much coveted POW. Here is a 30 minute edit of the trip, of course I spent a little bit over 30 minutes editing but these are meant to be super quick edits. As predicted, much of the snow has blown into the gullies below Palmer Glacier, leave a lot of exposed rock still. Above Palmer and into the West Crater Rim is a mix of wind blown hard pack and pockets of powder ranging from 18" to 3'.
This video is directed towards those with backcountry and mountaineering experience. Please assess your skills before you head up there.
First time filming with my upgrade to the Panasonic GH4. Great to finally see it's 4k capabilities and how much I can scale in post. Still lots to learn on the camera. I gave the auto focus on the Panasonic 100-300mm a try because it was around -8 degrees with 30mph winds. So getting blasted in the face with drifting snow, made it extremely hard to do a fine focus on it. Over all great trip of exploring and geeking out on my gear.
Filmed and edited by Jesse Hambley
Head cam photos by Cameron Brown
"Every Damn Day People" by BrokeMC (brokemc.com)
After getting some beta that there was still pow stashes left in Bennett's Pass, Jeff and Jenny Snyder and myself took a short skin in to check things out on 1/1. What we found was snow depth still too thin for good tree runs but 2 to 3 feet of fresh powder in the clearings a little farther in.
Hoping to find some protected stashes of snow in the Salmon River Canyon, on 1/3 we skinned up to around 6,900 and worked our way down to the White River Canyon snow park around 4,250' . From the recent strong wings, mostly everything has turned to a hard snow and ice pack mixed with 6" to 2' sastrugi. Even tho most of the trip was type 2 fun, we still had a blast finding what pockets of good snow we did and taking in the beautiful views.
Well... that's the first time in a long time I've put my camera away on the descent because I was scared the elements would destroy it. Hoping to find a huge dump of snow around the 7.5k to 10k foot range on Mt Hood this past weekend, we instead found a torrential downpour. We made the best of it, braved the elements and had a great time. Thanks Eric Han and Kristian Gamiao for embracing the elements and getting the footage we could.
Eric Han, Jesse Hambley and Kristian Gamiao