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Matt
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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 11:41 pm 
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Destination:  Rock Mtn  6852 (USGS Mt. Howard)
Date:  11/16/08
Party:  Matt, Dicey, Wamtngal, Just Todd, Suzanne R, Lori J, Richard B

We were going to try Mt. Howard, but knee-deep snow above 5000 feet made that unrealistic, so we diverted to Rock Mountain.

The group was a hybrid of half nwhikers and half Mountaineers.

We started down in the valley fog, then climbed up above it.
Power lines in the fog
Power lines in the fog
Morning light and shadows on the valley fog
Morning light and shadows on the valley fog

The women raced ahead up the trail, leaving us men to catch glimpses of them only on the switchbacks above.  So typical, the women charging upward in their summit-driven competitive obsession, while the men enjoy a more relaxed, social pace.

Women on a higher switchback
Women on a higher switchback

The snow got deeper.

On the snow
On the snow
Angling up to the Rock Mountain ridge crest
Angling up to the Rock Mountain ridge crest

The summit was sunny but windy.  I had my first summit tea of the winter.

Summit group and photographer’s shadow.
Summit group and photographer’s shadow.
Summit Tea & Mt. Howard.  The wind is actually making waves in my cup.
Summit Tea & Mt. Howard.  The wind is actually making waves in my cup.
Double lenticular on Glacier Peak
Double lenticular on Glacier Peak
Rock Lake & valley clouds eastward
Rock Lake & valley clouds eastward
Layered peaks culminating in Daniel & Rainier
Layered peaks culminating in Daniel & Rainier

Round Trip Stats: 10 miles, 4000 gain, 7 hours

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 12:03 am 
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Another nice one from your crew. This one is a killer. I was actually planning on not working tomorrow due to the weather  hockeygrin.gif  hockeygrin.gif Rock Mt is on my list as a possibility. Looks like poles, boots, and gaiters will do if I decide to go. Thanks again for another great report.
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Matt
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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 12:25 am 
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We did it in boots, but we were postholing a lot.  When we hit the deeper snow about halfway up, progress slowed way down.  We actually mostly followed tracks that had been packed down by previous snowshoers.

Everyone agreed that snowshoes would have been better.

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 12:22 pm 
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Matt wrote:
We were going to try Mt. Howard, but knee-deep snow above 5000 feet made that unrealistic, so we diverted to Rock Mountain.

I believe Suzanne was thrilled with our change of destination, as she had only visited the summit of Rock Mtn. about 6 times already! lol.gif

To whomever plowed a snowshoe track to the summit of Rock Mtn. on Saturday - Thank You!!! up.gif

morning fog
morning fog
hiker above the fog
hiker above the fog
several small point releases off false summit of rock mtn.
several small point releases off false summit of rock mtn.
snow is getting deeper
snow is getting deeper
Rock lake below, Andrea and Todd
Rock lake below, Andrea and Todd
summit ridge to rock mtn
summit ridge to rock mtn

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 12:31 pm 
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Rockin' TR  hockeygrin.gif

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 12:43 pm 
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Wow, a lot more snow than I expected  eek.gif   Looks like I'll have to dust off the snowshoes and AT gear!  I'll have to go on the next excursion....

B)

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 12:49 pm 
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Damn Tom, Shorts ?, I wonder with the wet snow conditions, if it would be decent doing Mastiff and Howard from Lost Lake ?, it looked like it from The NW.  hockeygrin.gif

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 5:08 pm 
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Great TR and photos!  "Layered peaks..." shot of Daniel and Rainier is a marvel!  Hurrah!  Goosebumps all around!
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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 5:09 pm 
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I've been considering this one.  thanks for the TR.  I really liked the photo of Rock Lake with the cloudy valley. up.gif
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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 5:14 pm 
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Looks like an awesome workout!  I've only done the back route.  Great views from the top, though!

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 7:29 pm 
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Such a sunny, warm day - it almost felt like spring!

RockMtnPano.JPG
RockMtnPano.JPG

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 7:40 pm 
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Looks like you had a great time despite the change in plans.  Did you stand around talking about the change, deliberating the pros and cons for about an hour or so - or did you just go for it?  wink.gif clown.gif We're in shock that dicey actually took and posted some pictures.  We really liked the perspective of IMG1003, Andrea.

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 7:42 pm 
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I LOVE that hike! I think it's best with snow (there's a lovely cornice along that ridge in early spring). I guess snowshoes will be required attire soon. Thanks for a pretty report (the valley fog shot is really cool up.gif )!

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 9:07 pm 
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Wow, how pretty! Looks like a must do.
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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 9:36 pm 
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Thanks, Matt for organizing such a great trip!  Dicey, was that fun OR WHAT doin' a trip together? (To heck with seven times!).  Andrea and Todd, great to meet you, enjoyed your mountain company.  Lori, it's time for you to register and chime in.  Thank you all for a great day!
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