Four ski-cat guides find fresh tracks on Mt Bailey file# 00464


Date:February 3, 2002
Douglas county, OR
Nearest town:
Diamond Lake
Nearest road:
Hemlock Butte Rd

early morning
7800' on the rim of the north wall on Mt Bailey


Description of event: Four cat-ski guides leading 30 clients found a trackway leading from the Lost Creek/Bear Creek drainage up the north wall on an overnigh slide path and traversing the rim to the west in freshly fallen snow 8 to 10 inches deep. THe area had been skied out the previous day with the same group of clients. The weather overnight could only be describd as "dumping". THe tracks were much different from our attempts to duplicate them. We left a trench in the waist deep snow while the tracks found were individual bi-pedal footprints. We estimated the tracks to have been put down between 4 am and 6 am of that morning during the waning hours of the storm. THey lookd as if a "huge" barefooted man had hiked straight up the only stable snow on the north wall in he middle of a storm in the midle of the night going from the middle of nowhere to the midle of nowhere over an 8000 ft mounain without braking stride or being burdened by the snow at all. No evidence of snowshoes or ski poles. Must have been very tall. One of the guides is a ranger out of Toketee and was baffled as were the rest of us. The clients didn't take much notice of it but the trackway was observed by the guides over much of the north aspect of the mountain during the morning.

record updated:2002-11-20 00:00:00