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PostTue Dec 24, 2019 9:22 pm 
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With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the day before Christmas, we had a mountain to climb
To the first trail junction, we all made good time
The route went off trail, at the final switchback
From this point on, we would not turn back
As we climbed higher, the slope became steeper
As we kept going, the snow got much deeper
The postholing started, so on went the snowshoes
But as we kept climbing, we got improving views
When what through our sweat-glistened eyes should appear?
A pointy white summit, so shiny and near
Now! Beavon, Now! Burton, Now! Dyson, Now! Tom
To the top we raced, yelling, Come on! come on!
We arrived at the summit, of the peak called West Granite
There was no better spot on the entire planet
We quickly took pictures of all nearby hills
And put on some layers, before we got chills
Our lunches were eaten, to fill all our tummies
Hot drinks were consumed, we were not big dummies
But soon we descended, we did not dare long linger
Some feeling came back, to my frozen ring finger
The drive back to town, went by all too quickly
The heat was set high, no need to get sickly,
I shouted to my partners as I drove out of sight,
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night

Hikers on trail
Hikers on trail
The creek crossing was slicker than it looked
The creek crossing was slicker than it looked
Matt heads uphill
Matt heads uphill
Here comes Don
Here comes Don
Granite Mountain lookout
Granite Mountain lookout
Slope
Slope
Don takes the lead
Don takes the lead
Granite Mountain lookout again
Granite Mountain lookout again
West Granite
West Granite
Olallie Lake, Pratt and Defiance
Olallie Lake, Pratt and Defiance
A view south
A view south
Red 2 and Tahoma
Red 2 and Tahoma
Nice tracks
Nice tracks
Men on the summit ridge
Men on the summit ridge
Kaleetan and Chair
Kaleetan and Chair
Kaleetan looks improbable
Kaleetan looks improbable
Merry Frogmas
Merry Frogmas
A peek into the ALW
A peek into the ALW
Festive Don
Festive Don
Summit lingerers
Summit lingerers
Mt. Pilchuck
Mt. Pilchuck
Shiny tracks
Shiny tracks
Don surveys the scene
Don surveys the scene
Descending
Descending

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PostTue Dec 24, 2019 9:32 pm 
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Nice poetry and nice outing.

No wonder there are so many rescues on Mount Pilchuck!
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PostTue Dec 24, 2019 11:28 pm 
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Nice report, Tom.

Interesting?! poetry.

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PostWed Dec 25, 2019 10:14 am 
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GeoTom wrote:
Merry Frogmas
Merry Frogmas

As the frogs were posing in the glistening snow, Kaleetan and Chair put on a show. smile.gif
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PostWed Dec 25, 2019 1:16 pm 
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excellent! up.gif

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PostThu Dec 26, 2019 5:39 pm 
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Merry Christmas Tom and thanks to you all for breaking trail! I ran right into your path today, almost immediately after putting on my snowshoes. Came down the west ridge, which was a little tedious because the route crosses or skirts boulder fields in a few places, and the boulder fields aren’t filled in yet. Maybe after this next dump of snow it will be in better shape.
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