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Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Murph1 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:42 am

Remember the joy you have after 6 to 12 hours of slogging up a peak to
sit down on your bottom or stand on your boots and glissade down in
an hour what took you all that time to go up? I'm looking for your #1
vote for the best glissade you have ever been on. My vote goes to
Mt. Adams - Southern Route from false summit to below Lunch Counter.
What's your pick? :)
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Sunny Buns » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:04 am

If south side of Adams isn't number 1, it's high on my list. Hard to beat it when conditions are right.
In early May, the glissade from Asgard Pass to Colchuck Lake was awesome also - very fast.
Granite mountain near Snoqualmie Pass is pretty good sometimes.
Mt. Shasta south side routes can be good too.

Any glissade is a good one (long as you don't get hurt).

I'd think early season Grand Teton below the lower saddle would be good maybe, but have never been there when snow-covered. Ditto for Wheeler Peak in GBNP, Nevada; and the Mountaineers Route on Whitney should be pretty fast!

Never been, but some of those New-Hampshire peaks are probably good ones too. Ditto Colorado.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Scott » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:13 am

Mount Adams was pretty good, but it could use a few steeper sections. I did it when the snow level was 3700 feet, so it was a long glissade.

I had a few really long ones in the Wasatch too. The south face of Lone Peak was good.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Murph1 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:46 pm

Sunny Buns:
I had Shasta high on my list along with Middle Sister, the Brothers
in May,and the "Old" Mt. St. Helens before it blew.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby 96avs01 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:45 pm

Haven't done Adams, so my vote is Shasta. Though now I just drag the splitboard which is even better!
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby seano » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:00 am

Sunny Buns wrote:I'd think early season Grand Teton below the lower saddle would be good maybe, but have never been there when snow-covered.

It is indeed epic, with a luge track developing and a good runout. There's also a good glissade from the moraine down to the meadows in June. The Tetons' snow set up nicely for boot-skiing around then.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Matt Lemke » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:48 am

Adams was my very first glissade Ive ever done...and I still think its the best one
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Yank-Tank » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:19 am

There are some good ones on Mt Shasta.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:57 pm

Yes on Shasta you go 4000 feet down the West Face without even having to stand up and move over. Avalanche Gulch is good too as it sees so much traffic sometimes the chute can be over two feet deep and you can bank on the turns but 4000 feet without walking is hard to beat.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby Grampahawk » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:51 pm

Another vote for Mount Shasta
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby ExcitableBoy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:50 pm

Someone should write a book: 50 Classic Glissades of North America.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby adventurer » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:32 pm

Can't remember the exact location but my favorite was somewhere along the Emmons glacier route on Mt. Rainier.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby ExcitableBoy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:26 pm

adventurer wrote:Can't remember the exact location but my favorite was somewhere along the Emmons glacier route on Mt. Rainier.


I would suspect it is right after you step off the Inter Glacier all the way down to Glacier Basin.
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby buckie06 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:27 pm

Agreed, the glissade down the Emmons on Rainier was amazing
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Re: Best Glissade in Lower 48 States

Postby reboyles » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:45 pm

The Gooseneck glacier on Gannett was one of my favorites. It was one of the fastest descents I've ever done. The Middle Teton glacier was my worst glissade. The chute was icy on the bottom and I didn't stop until I hit the rocks at the bottom. I had a sore ass for weeks after that mistake.

I didn't try it on Rainier. The Turtle snowfield and Wilson glacier are not good places for a glissade.

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