NW Skier, Vol. 24, No. 1 - Ski mountaineering gear
An ad for Nordic Mountain Ski School offers three days of
instruction with instructors Steve Barnett, Van Brinkerhoff and
John Fuller on May 24-26 at the Mt Hood ski area.
In the mid-1960s, Patrick Parrish and his wife bought land at the
bottom of Flattop Mountain, which is on state Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) land near Trout Lake, south of Mt Adams.
They built a rope tow and ran it for a few years, then convinced
DNR that it would be better to use the whole mountain as a ski
area. They signed a 55-year lease with DNR in 1972. Parrish's
long-term goal was to build several chairlifts on the top of the
mountain, opening over 1,000 feet of varied terrain. In August
1979, the lease was abruptly cancelled by DNR. This article
describes Parrish's struggle with the bureaucracy.
This full-page advertisement was paid for by the "We Favor
Multiple-Use of the National Forest" committee, Ed Nowak
chairman. It argues against including Morse Creek in the
proposed Cougar Lakes wilderness area. Most of the text was
written by Ward Meeks. The following three pages are an
advertisement for Eagleslair, a resort development proposed by
Ward Meeks for the land between Crystal Mountain and Morse Creek.
Eagleslair would include a high-rise hotel-condominium
constructed on the summit of Pickhandle Point with a gondola
leading to it from the Crystal Mountain base area. Another lift
would run horizontally east along the ridge and a third lift
would descend from its end to U.S. 410 along the American River,
the future site of Frontier-town, a resort village where the
"clock will be stopped in 1899." These lifts would link together
private land holdings. Also planned is a large lake and an
18-hole golf course in Morse Creek.
Highlights: Alpine touring gear is heavier, more durable and
better for steep terrain. Nordic touring gear is lighter, more
comfortable and better for walking and long tours with variable
terrain. For alpine touring, Vibram soled plastic buckle boots
are available from Kastinger and San Marco, but regular leather
or plastic mountaineering boots can be used instead. Many
companies say that all-leather boots for nordic mountain touring
will be phased out over the next few years. Asolo and Kastinger
currently lead the market with leather double and single boots.
For alpine touring, Silvretta cable bindings and Ramer bindings
are mentioned. Nordic touring relies on three-pin bindings, "the
heavier, stronger a model you can find, the better off you will
be." Either a heel locator or a full-length plastic plate that
clamps onto the boot heel is recommended. For nordic touring,
several companies make good mountaineering skis "which are
actually beefed up X-C skis," with metal edges, good sidecut, and
either single or double-camber.
Terrain adjacent to Hogback Mountain near White Pass was released
from the Goat Rocks Wilderness in the summer of 1984. "I am
really looking forward to developing the Miriam Creek Basin,"
said Keven McCarthy, White Pass ski area manager.
Blog #: 0309 – 09/01/81