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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 6:55 pm 
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blowout.gif  party.gif  cheers.gif  Happy New Year, all!!!
What better way to ring the New Year than joining Jim K on his annual trek up Tiger Mountain?  After my last experience joining him on this jaunt on New Years Eve, I was skeptical  paranoid.gif  I think it was 3 years ago and we were in one of the biggest, torrential rainstorms I think I have ever done on a hike!!!  But, he would be redeemed today!   agree.gif We decided on a one-way.  Left one car at Exit 20 area and then drove over to Chirico Trailhead - that would take us up and over a series of ridges on our way to Tiger 1 and 2.  The hike was brown when we started, but at about 1500' or so, we hit snow and had it all the way until we dropped down on the other side.
A more civilized Chirico trail these days
A more civilized Chirico trail these days
View south on route up to Poo Poo
View south on route up to Poo Poo
Looking west toward Seattle from Poo Poo point
Looking west toward Seattle from Poo Poo point

We met one guy coming down from Poo Poo and then behind us was a young woman heading up.  That was it until we got to Tiger 1 summit.  However, I was a bit dismayed when we reached Poo Poo to find that if we wanted to dispatch with those irratating noisy hikers that frequent the trails, we couldn't do it from here.
Damn, where the heck can we launch the noisy hikers, then?
Damn, where the heck can we launch the noisy hikers, then?

Oh well, maybe when the horses leave.   lol.gif  We didn't linger long. 
A "cool" picnic spot
A "cool" picnic spot

So, on we headed towards Tiger 1 via the back way and Jim's "little secret" route - my lips are sealed. winksmile.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif   
Branch bridges
Branch bridges
15 miles from where?
15 miles from where?
What one view?
What one view?
Holiday greetings . . .
Holiday greetings . . .
A mix of signs
A mix of signs
One of several crossings of the TMT
One of several crossings of the TMT
The back way . . .
The back way . . .
Frosty route up the south side of Tiger 1
Frosty route up the south side of Tiger 1

And we reached Tiger 1
Tiger 1 summit
Tiger 1 summit

where we came upon a couple of guys who had driven up the road and were working on the towers - I don't care how sunny it was, it had to be cold!
Tough job -
Tough job -

We caught the trail from the summit to head to the Hiker's Hut - but not before we were greeted by abominable tree people.
Put on a happy (snow) face . . .
Put on a happy (snow) face . . .

and more lovely views of the frosty forest . . .
Can't see the forest for the . . . .
Can't see the forest for the . . . .

Soon, we were in an icy winter palace with some lovely views and celebrations.
Solid ice along chain link fence on Tiger 1
Solid ice along chain link fence on Tiger 1
Igloo on Tiger 1
Igloo on Tiger 1
Peering through ice to towers and blue sky
Peering through ice to towers and blue sky
Sign outside Hiker Hut - horizontal ice
Sign outside Hiker Hut - horizontal ice
Mt. Rainier from Tiger 1
Mt. Rainier from Tiger 1

A toast to the New Year and more trails to come . . .
A bit of early New Year's cheer!
A bit of early New Year's cheer!
Cheers (caught mid-sandwich) - to a better 2008!
Cheers (caught mid-sandwich) - to a better 2008!

After a lovely lunch - a solo hiker happened through - we were off again for our next destination.
The lane from Tiger 1 to Tiger 2
The lane from Tiger 1 to Tiger 2
Looking to Tiger 2 from Tiger 1 - hmmm a little  black cloud resting over
Looking to Tiger 2 from Tiger 1 - hmmm a little  black cloud resting over

Just as we were approaching the towers on Tiger 2 - a bunch of ice broke off of the guy wires dumping a huge amount of frozen snow/ice on the trail - missing us by about, oh, 10 seconds!
Ice on wires
Ice on wires

and then, as we were walking past the summit of Tiger 2
Summit of Tiger 2
Summit of Tiger 2

around the back of the towers, another HUGE dump of snow/ice dropped from about 40' up  - got us moving quickly!  But we took our time to take in a few lovely sights on our way down.
Looking North/Northeast on the way off of Tiger 2
Looking North/Northeast on the way off of Tiger 2
Just keep looking up . . .
Just keep looking up . . .
A winter wonderland
A winter wonderland

But, you have to keep moving - Fred - 
You gotta' move Fred, don't let the moss grow on ya' . . . .
You gotta' move Fred, don't let the moss grow on ya' . . . .

We decided to take the Lingering Trail (used to be Lingering Loop) to avoid the mud on the regular route - another trail I had never been on.  As we headed down, we ran into three dogs (a chocolate lab, a black lab and another dog I never did see well) that were all alone.  We never did find their people, although we came across some folks who weren't attached to the dogs.  I hope they find their humans!  Got back to the car and drove back to our starting point and there's a good reason why this is a hang-glider's paradise.
At least a half-dozen here today
At least a half-dozen here today
Long way to carry those 'gliders
Long way to carry those 'gliders
Dropping in for New Year's celebration
Dropping in for New Year's celebration
Packing up . .
Packing up . .

What a glorious day to be out.  Even Tiger was inspiring!  Cheers. winksmile.gif  up.gif

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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 7:20 pm 
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So how  much of a microwave tan did you all get from the tiger towers?
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Sadie's Driver
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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 7:27 pm 
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Slide Alder Slayer wrote:
So how  much of a microwave tan did you all get from the tiger towers?

Well, looks like I will be glowing in the dark for some time to come!  I think we over-stayed the 30 second time limit!!! embarassedlaugh.gif

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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 7:47 pm 
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Ice Cool
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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 8:18 pm 
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Hey Driver,

I bet you weren't far behind me on Tiger 1. I think I left there at about 11:00 and made my back Tiger's 2 and 3.
What a great day to get up there and enjoy the views up.gif  up.gif
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 8:41 pm 
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Sweet!  I particularly like the transition from no-snow to snow.
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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 9:01 pm 
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We probably saw some of you all, did the High School, Section Line, Railroad Grade, Poo Poo Loop. Magic in the sun and snow smile.gif

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PostMon Dec 31, 2007 10:21 pm 
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I knew Jim wasn't kidding in his rime report the other day, but to see it is something else.  I'm guessing a lot had melted by this day.  Nice trip and great photos.  Thanks guys!
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PostTue Jan 01, 2008 12:55 am 
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naturealbeing wrote:
Ice Cool
Ice Cool

Looks like something out of one of those cheezy '60s Sci-Fi movies!  Thanks, N.B.  Happy New Year!!!  s.d.

Malachai/Bryan - we were avoiding you!!!  paranoid.gif  lol.gif  moon.gif   s.d.

Magellan - wait until you see Jim's pics - he was so bummed that he didn't bring his camera the other day  shakehead.gif  doh.gif  - thank goodness the ice didn't melt!!! s.d.

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PostFri Jan 04, 2008 9:31 am 
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I have a lot of the same photos as the Driver. Here are a few that are a little different:

What Am I?
What Am I?

All 30 of my photos are here:  Tiger Snow Report And Photos

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PostFri Jan 04, 2008 10:28 am 
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Looks magical with all the snow and frost.

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PostFri Jan 04, 2008 4:16 pm 
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Now that's impressive, the ice on those towers would definetly be worth the trip for me...now where to get those snowshoes... hockeygrin.gif
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PostFri Jan 04, 2008 4:33 pm 
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Those are spectacular ice conditions you found -- thanks for all the great shots. I also like the unusual contrast between the trunks and branches in this one:
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PostFri Jan 04, 2008 4:34 pm 
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sweet i want to go now... biggrin.gif
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Sadie's Driver
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PostFri Jan 04, 2008 6:06 pm 
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raz2sea wrote:
Now that's impressive, the ice on those towers would definetly be worth the trip for me...now where to get those snowshoes... hockeygrin.gif

Raz - we didn't need snowshoes - at least not on Monday.  I don't know how much snow the summit areas have received this week (and maybe tonight) - you may need snowshoes - or big feet!   lol.gif

Tazz - you can go ONLY if you promise not to break, strain, sprain, or screw up any body part!!!   embarassedlaugh.gif

Puzzlr et. al.  Great ice sculptures up there!  s.d.

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