“June is the most ideal time for skiing steep lines in Washington,” photographer Jason Hummel says following a six-day early-June traverse from Mt. Blum (7,680 ft.) to Bacon Peak (7,070 ft.) in North Cascades National Park. Along with Adam Roberts, Tim Black and “Woods,” Hummel skied multiple lines off Bacon and Mt. Hagan (6,960 ft.) and a possible first descent of North Despair (7,240 ft.).
“Two parties that I know of have come close to skiing North Despair,” Hummel adds, mentioning the impressive traverses by John Dittli and Scott Croll of the Picket Range in 1989 and photographer Cliff Leight and Dana Hagen in 1991. “No other known parties have skied into this region since,” Hummel says. “It takes a minimum of four to six days.”