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Exploring the Mount Bachelor Cinder Cone
Timestamp Free: 2018.10.16 - 16:31:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Oregon Cascades
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 500m
Difficulty: 1: Easy open terrain skiing
An easy half day ski trip
This is part of a bigger journey. See Road Trip to Nevada
[photo]P1060992.JPG[caption]Mount Bachelor from the East on the Cascades Lakes Highway[/photo]
[photo]P1060993.JPG[caption]South and Middle Sister from near where I parked[/photo] Mount Bachelor was the last ski objective in Oregon. Earlier along the way I talked to some Oregonians who told me there was so much snow that the ski area might be open to July 4th, but when I got to Bend I found out that their last day had been Remembrance Day. However as I climbed past the mid station the summit lift must have been closed longer. There were no chairs or gondolas on the cables. Its probably a gondola. At the entrance there were 5 gates and you have to walk over a ramp into a building which would be impractical on skis.
[photo]P1060996.JPG[caption]The mid station with Broken Top behind[/photo]
The skirun beside the summit lift runs in the fall line, moderately steep so that one could almost skin straight up except for some old moguls which make many spots too steep. I began weaving my way up in steep traverses. After my vigorous XC skiing in mountaineering gear on Skiing Steens Mountain I had rubbed one of my feet raw in one spot and wondered whether that would be too uncomfortable, but that was no problem. However I was not feeling 100% otherwise. . When it began to cloud over more and a cold wind sprang up I felt some fever chills. It was then that I remembered seeing what looked like a cinder cone on the northslopes from the distance and decided to make this my objective. I traversed to the narrow ridge paralleling the lift to the west. There I found myself between a few boulders and small trees just below the east rim which was very...
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