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yukon222
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PostFri Jul 10, 2009 9:38 pm 
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With the threat of evening thunderstorms in the forecast and ALW size regulations in effect, many TNAB'ers pre-NABbed their way up Commonwealth Basin and also up the PCT.  A multi-pronged approach to this peak with such a nice vantage point.  Commonwealth Trail was as rocky as ever - many of us moved loose rock out of the footpath as we hiked up the trail.  Amazingly enough, the bugs were not out.  Ever.   huh.gif I didn't swat, let alone hear, a single mozzie all night long.

At the creek crossing, most of the main group continued on the fainter path just uphill from the water and followed a dry talus field up to the main PCT trail.  More loose rock on the trail and several culvert tops exposed from the past year's foot traffic.  Only a few brief muddy spots and very minor snow patches.  Very nice warmth along the trail as we approached the bootpath exit around 5300'.  Small selection of wildflowers in bloom along the summit ridge which is where the wind decided to greet us.  After layering up and waiting to see if a special sunset would develop (answer was no embarassedlaugh.gif ), TNAB left the top to return to the civilized world once again.  Well, after a stop at the PourHouse first.   hockeygrin.gif

Special TNAB greetings extended to newbies Haley (Magnum's daughter),  Wxman and EF.  They both flew up the trail like veterans.  Welcome!! up.gif

Peaksters: Moosefish, Haley, Ewb, GeoTom, Alti-Babe, Mike, Elisha & friend, Cmurph, Wxman, Malachai Constant, Nature Man, Stephan, ZeusDaddy, Magnum, Seattlehikertoo & brother Scott, GQHiker, Me and my Aussies, Yukon222, new Tom & work friend, EF

Barksters: Zeus, Athena, Kiefer, Rowena, Kami, Tokul, Jasper, Mazzy and Garrison

DSD_2590 Talus and Timber
DSD_2590 Talus and Timber
DSD_2599 A moment to relax on the summit
DSD_2599 A moment to relax on the summit
DSD_2610 Dragon's breath not powerful enough to hide Sol
DSD_2610 Dragon's breath not powerful enough to hide Sol
DSD_2614 Kendall Peak's palette of greens
DSD_2614 Kendall Peak's palette of greens
DSD_2616  "Now, what was the name of this peak again?"
DSD_2616  "Now, what was the name of this peak again?"
DSD_2620 A little bit of sunset color to enjoy
DSD_2620 A little bit of sunset color to enjoy
DSD_2621 Time to go - just when the alpenglow kicked into overdrive
DSD_2621 Time to go - just when the alpenglow kicked into overdrive
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PostFri Jul 10, 2009 9:43 pm 
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PostFri Jul 10, 2009 9:51 pm 
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Good on the WxMan for getting out there just one day after first hearing about TNAB!  up.gif
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PostFri Jul 10, 2009 9:53 pm 
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Big thanks to all for the warm welcome to the TNAB group!  I had a blast and will be back out again.

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PostFri Jul 10, 2009 10:07 pm 
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Didnt I remember hearing something about the Alti twins not being able to make it to the GTG because of a case of the flu?

Isnt that Mrs. Alti twin I see on the summit of that there peak just a day after the GTG?

HMM? lol.gif  moon.gif  doh.gif  dizzy.gif  bawl.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif

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PostFri Jul 10, 2009 11:40 pm 
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Succinct report and beautiful pics, Yukon.  How is it you always capture those fantastic colors?  up.gif

Oh, and how did WxMan get out of writing the report?  hmmm.gif  wink.gif

Contrary to the NOAA forecast, on which I bet my rain pants and lost, the weather and temps were perfect, and the bugs were, as Yukon reports, gone.  The PCT proved a moderate, if long, climb to the base of Kendall.  Took me just two hours to the base (plus some breaks and pics), then maybe another 30 or 40 minutes to the top.  The TNAB peloton caught me just as I got onto the slope, which raised my confidence enough to reach the summit.  And then it was views, views, and more views.  Beautiful.

The descent proved a quick-paced workout, as my squeaky pants and I worked double-time to hang with a break-away pack of downhillers.  Toss in some "brush" work, a whistling stray, and a little blood-letting and you've got yourself a TNAB to remember.  smile.gif

Kendall Emerges
Kendall Emerges
Steep Meadows
Steep Meadows
TNAB Descending
TNAB Descending
Alpine Flowers
Alpine Flowers

Here's the whole set of pics.  Nice work all, see you next week!
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 6:50 am 
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Nice glow! Looks like a pretty place for flowers and sunsets, I like!
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 8:54 am 
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Backpacker Joe wrote:
Didnt I remember hearing something about the Alti twins not being able to make it to the GTG because of a case of the flu?

Isnt that Mrs. Alti twin I see on the summit of that there peak just a day after the GTG?

HMM? lol.gif moon.gif doh.gif dizzy.gif bawl.gif embarassedlaugh.gif

Yes, that is the Alti-Babe.  After hauling a heavy pack (38% body weight) over 3 days (previous Friday thru Sunday night on limited sleep) of cross country travel and 15,000' elev gain with a cold/flu beginning to kick in prior to the trip, she needed Mon-Wed to recover enough to try the TNAB.  Even with quite a bit of coughing/sneezing/sniffling, she was able to stay in front of almost the entire pack. tongue.gif  hockeygrin.gif  smile.gif
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PostSat Jul 11, 2009 11:32 am 
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Thanks for the welcome! It was great to get to meet some of you guys. And being last on the summit despite getting a bit of a head start on the trail confirmed my suspicions about how you TNABers hike! I look forward to getting out again.
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PostSun Jul 12, 2009 3:50 pm 
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GeoTom wrote:
TLABs
TLABs

The dogs look a little more confident up there all harnessed in than they did last year with only their collars & leashes.
Next thing I know they'll be practicing their repels off the back porch. What's bark for 'on belay'?
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PostSun Jul 12, 2009 5:34 pm 
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Another great Thursday night in the mountains and another great set of well-balanced photos, Steve.  I especially like these:
yukon222 wrote:
DSD_2610 Dragon's breath not powerful enough to hide Sol
DSD_2610 Dragon's breath not powerful enough to hide Sol
DSD_2621 Time to go - just when the alpenglow kicked into overdrive
DSD_2621 Time to go - just when the alpenglow kicked into overdrive
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PostSun Jul 12, 2009 6:09 pm 
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Great night for a hike!

Die hards waiting for their photo ops
Die hards waiting for their photo ops
Cheesy grins from Moosefish
Cheesy grins from Moosefish
Sunset over Snoqualmie
Sunset over Snoqualmie
EWB coming down from the summit
EWB coming down from the summit
Everyone's gotta get that sunset shot
Everyone's gotta get that sunset shot
C'mon Jasper!
C'mon Jasper!
Guye and Snoqualmie in the foreground
Guye and Snoqualmie in the foreground
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