Monday, March 21st, 2011
Skiing Mount Jumbo

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Mount Jumbo offers a pretty exhilarating ski from 3,500 feet back down to almost sea level. After we had almost touched the bright blue sky, we put on our skis on and headed back down. Above, Noah Jenkins carves a few telemark turns through pristine sparkling diamonds on the broad summit plateau before heading down a steep narrow chute on the north face of the mountain. In the distance is Young Bay and Mansfield Peninsula. To the right, Demian Schane downclimbs to the lip leading into the couloir to dig a snow pit, before Jessie Goodrich skied for the first three turns while still being roped up and on belay. Below, Pat Goodrich skis the lower portion of the bowl on the north face of Mount Jumbo. The mixture of near-champagne powder, gorgeous weather and great company made for a wonderful day in the mountains. We all agreed how lucky we are to have Douglas Island at our doorstep. The island offers some of the most accessible backcountry skiing around Juneau, unlike other less accessible areas, where helicopter support is almost unavoidable.

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Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Skiing To The Top Of Douglas Island

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I joined a small group of Juneau backcountry skiers who skinned to the top of Mount Jumbo yesterday, lured by clear sunny skies, and the promise of a challenging descent down its steepest gully. From left to right, Pat Goodrich, Noah Jenkins, Jessie Goodrich and Demian Schane climb up the broad southeast shoulder of Mount Jumbo, at 3,500 feet the highest peak on Douglas Island.

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