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Team #VolcanoTour made a stop at @wholefoodsmarket in #Bend #Oregon today to stock up on provisions. Onward to Three Sisters! (Taken with instagram)

Team #VolcanoTour made a stop at @wholefoodsmarket in #Bend #Oregon today to stock up on provisions. Onward to Three Sisters! (Taken with instagram)

By: Chris Davenport

Written on May 8, 2012

I wish my words could clearly convey just how much fun we are having on this road trip. From the amazing Spyder Land Yacht and all of its comforts, to the amazing people and their positive energy we have met along the way, to the truly fantastic skiing on our first four volcanoes, it’s been an epic trip by any measure.

Jess, Daron and I continued to ramp up the fun factor today on Mt. Thielson, a dissected shield volcano that lies just north of Crater Lake National Park.

Thielson has many things going for it, but the easy approach, steep upper face, and fun summit rock climb make it a standout.  Every peak we have skied on this journey has been special in its own way, but on Thielson it was all about the perfect velvet corn snow.  I mean truly perfect!  As we skinned the steep upper Southwest Face in the cool morning shade, our thoughts were all about timing, as they tend to be during the spring ski-mountaineering season. 

The face was frozen hard, making for some sporty skinning, and the shadow crept up behind us as we ascended.  We hoped and prayed that after some time on top Mother Nature would work her magic and the corn would be ripe!

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By: Jess McMillan

Written on May 7, 2012

Add it to your list – Mt. McLoughlin is a must-ski! It’s my favorite volcano we have skied so far on the Volcano Tour.  I began with low expectations for multiple reasons: the lack of beta about the peak, the road closure, and the exhaustion I felt from skiing Mount Shasta the day before were definitely on the list. But I had – we had – an amazing day. The adventure, the perfect snow, the competition-worthy terrain … it all came together for us on Day 3 of the Volcano Tour. 


“Mount McLoughlin is the highest peak in southern Oregon, a beautiful near-symmetrical volcanic cone. Despite being the highest point in a 200-mile stretch of the Cascade Range between the Three Sisters and Mount Shasta, McLoughlin is relatively unknown and often overlooked. The Northeast Bowls of Mount McLoughlin are easily the finest ski descent in Southern Oregon, with a sustained 45-degree pitch in the upper sections and nice open cruising below.”

McLoughlin was the first volcano to test the team logistically.  Doubt was creeping in through the windows of the Land Yacht.  Dav, feeling deflated due to the lack of beta said, “We need to be prepared for the possibility that we don’t ski all of the volcanoes.  I thought weather would be are biggest hurdle, but logistically McLoughlin might not work out.  Maybe we should just head to Theilson?”   Luckily, Daron had spent the previous three hours on his GPS and felt confident that he could navigate the forest.  The only other deterrent was that the road to the trail head might still be covered in snow.  There was only one way to find out!

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by: Daron Rahlves

Written on May 6, 2012

On May 5th, after Day 1 of the Volcano Tour on Mt. Lassen, we traveled north on Interstate 5 in the Spyder ‘Land Yacht’ with Captain Grant at the wheel, staring at the dramatic, legendary, and towering Mt. Shasta, gleaming in the distance.

(Mt. Shasta is the largest volcano in California and last erupted in 1786.)

We rolled into the town of Mt. Shasta and walked into The Fifth Season Outdoor Store for some local beta on the current conditions from Vinnie and Leif.  The weather was great and in their words, conditions were “all time.”

We continued on to the Dunsmuir airport to pick up our buddy Jim Morrison who flew up from Truckee, CA in his plane, a TBM 700, to join us for the Shasta mission. It was very cool to have Jim along that day; he’s a strong climber (and a better skier) and was able to give Dav some company on the way up (as you can imagine, keeping up with Dav can be a little challenging).

(Jim’s view of Shasta during his flight in to meet us.)

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