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Sadie's Driver
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PostSat Mar 22, 2008 8:25 pm 
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There's something about a NW Hikers group outing - participants seem to multiply like bunnies!   lol.gif  It almost looked like we were going to grow exponentially in numbers.  At first, it was Jim K, Middle E and the driver (and Gusto, of course).  Three became nine!  But the end result was seven - Joe, Opus (David), Trail Pair (B&K), Jim, Barry and the driver (and Gusto!).  This destination was the last notch in Jim K's Teanaway backpack belt, so, we were eager to accompany him.  Matt had done this trip about 10 days later than us last year with a group of folks.  They needed snowshoes. We basically followed his route - but David and Joe will post our actual route.  Our agreed to meeting time was about 8:45 a.m. - with Jim, Barry and me in one car, TrailPair and David in another - and the surprise/unknown arrival of Joe.  When we got to 29 Pines, we had some company.
Snowmobilers out early
Snowmobilers out early

We were on the road by 9:00 a.m.
Heading out from 29 Pines
Heading out from 29 Pines

We crossed the Teanaway River almost immediately.
Bridge crossing
Bridge crossing
North Fork of the Teanaway River
North Fork of the Teanaway River

And, soon we reached a fork - one way heading up the Jungle Creek Road (our route heading out) and the other direction, Rye Road (our route back).  The always polite backcountry use folks, provide some guidance for road use.
"Voluntary" guidance!
"Voluntary" guidance!

However, Kolleen points out the correct usage for this road.
K explaining who can use this route
K explaining who can use this route
Correct use
Correct use

Our snowshoes were on our packs - - - where they would remain the WHOLE day (that extra weight is so good for your aerobic workout!)  agree.gif  Gusto was in to this trek - he couldn't be bothered with the trail - he was much more interested in running in and out of Jungle Creek - so what if it was only 25 degrees when we started!
Gusto taking a dip and grabbing a stick
Gusto taking a dip and grabbing a stick
One happy pup!
One happy pup!

It was a truly glorious day - sure didn't feel cold - but then, there was no wind either at this point.  Not much to say about the road - it's a road!  We would stay on it for about 4 miles.  The snow was rock solid at this hour, so we cruised along rapidly - in an hour, we had covered 3 miles!  David seemed a bit anxious about the timing of this trip . . . 
Opus praying for the Easter Bunny to appear
Opus praying for the Easter Bunny to appear

but more on that later.  Here's a glimpse of K&B along the road, with one of our destinations in sight behind . . . 
Our second destination today peeks out behind TrailPair
Our second destination today peeks out behind TrailPair

Meanwhile, we always rely on Jim K guiding us (right or wrong) on our trips, but today, he seemed - well - pointless.
Today may be a pointless day - Jim refusing to show us the way
Today may be a pointless day - Jim refusing to show us the way

So, we relied on Barry to guide us.
Barry leading the charge to false summit
Barry leading the charge to false summit

This was the beginning of our climb up the ridge towards the false summit.  We left the road at about mile 4 (where the road heads south and on to Liar's Prairie - the route that Bloated Chipmunk and friends had taken a few weeks ago.  We quickly left the road right where there was either a really tall horse hitch or a relatively low food hanging pole!  That seemed to be where the ridge up started. The footing was pretty good in most places, but a little slippery where a thin coating of snow covered rock-hard snow/ice.   
Group heading up to false summit of Teanaway Butte
Group heading up to false summit of Teanaway Butte

In fairly short order, we reached the false summit at about 4400'.
View of Rainier from false summit
View of Rainier from false summit

We snapped a few pics here 
The tree of interest
The tree of interest

and Gusto did what he seems to always do . . .   hmmm.gif
Gusto looking for . . . .???
Gusto looking for . . . .???

But, in order for Jim to achieve his "final" Teanaway summit, on we had to trek.
Heading off false summit of Teanaway towards real Butte
Heading off false summit of Teanaway towards real Butte

The snow was still in really, really good condition - a little slippery with ice in places, but not bad.  We soon were heading up to the actual summit of Teanaway.
Group heading up to the real Butte
Group heading up to the real Butte
Jim K and Barry on Teanaway Butte
Jim K and Barry on Teanaway Butte
Barry on Teanaway Butte with Rainier in background
Barry on Teanaway Butte with Rainier in background

The views from the Butte were spectacular - and, finally, Jim  pulled through for us . . .
He couldn't control himself
He couldn't control himself
We weren't "disappointed" (note: Gusto is ignoring him!)
We weren't "disappointed" (note: Gusto is ignoring him!)
Not to be outdone - K gets in a little directional guidance
Not to be outdone - K gets in a little directional guidance

Here are some views from the top of Teanaway (Congrats, Jim!)
David with Mt. Stuart in background
David with Mt. Stuart in background
Jolly Mtn.
Jolly Mtn.

Of course, this is the third lookout summit for us in as many weeks, and someone just HAD to be noticed . . . .
Opus on top of another Lookout!
Opus on top of another Lookout!

Back to the views . . . 
Looking West/Northwest towards Yellow and Elbow from Teanaway
Looking West/Northwest towards Yellow and Elbow from Teanaway
Cornice off of Teanaway
Cornice off of Teanaway
Driver, Gusto and Mt. Rainier
Driver, Gusto and Mt. Rainier

After a bite to eat (arrived about Noon) (and, fortunately, no winds - it was a bit breezier on the false summit), it was time to head down and head towards our next destination (this would be another day when we were the only group on the route)  . . . .
Herd of humans on Teanaway Butte
Herd of humans on Teanaway Butte

We headed back to the the false summit and then down the ridge until we reached a road and followed it for a while, until  - - - - wait - - - - Opus' wish was answered . . .  I'll be darned.   winksmile.gif 
Viola - the Easter Bunny arrived early!!!
Viola - the Easter Bunny arrived early!!!

and, as we headed down (we had to lose about 1200' off of Teanaway, in order to reach the ridge route up to Tarzan - to gain another 800' - why, you ask?  Good question!) we were treated to a cool phenomena - a true halo around the sun (hmm, was it a sign?)
Halo around the sun
Halo around the sun

Pretty cool, nonetheless.  Here we go, down . . . 
Heading off of Teanaway
Heading off of Teanaway

so we can go up again . . . 
Our next destination - Tarzan
Our next destination - Tarzan

Again, Barry was in the lead - who had practically been running up and down these little bumps all day!
K & B heading up ridge towards Tarzan
K & B heading up ridge towards Tarzan
Looking back towards Teanaway Butte
Looking back towards Teanaway Butte
Gusto at the summit of Tarzan
Gusto at the summit of Tarzan
Joe coming up to Tarzan
Joe coming up to Tarzan
Gently . . . . . friend for life (well, at least for a few minutes)
Gently . . . . . friend for life (well, at least for a few minutes)

We spent very little time at the top of Tarzan, agreeing that it was pretty unremarkable - and too many trees on top to see much of anything.   So, down we headed.  That actually was pretty fun - since the snow was soft and easy going - and the downhill allowed us some play time.
Barry heading down off of Tarzan
Barry heading down off of Tarzan
David with a little glissade
David with a little glissade
Boys coming down off of Tarzan
Boys coming down off of Tarzan

Soon, we were back on some road - who knew what road it was, but it seemed to go (and go and go) in the right direction.  After a couple of miles, we merged onto the Jungle Creek Road again.   
Road marker
Road marker
Rye Road dumps out on Jungle Creek Road
Rye Road dumps out on Jungle Creek Road

And soon, we were back at the cars - and to our surprise, who would we see hanging out, but Randy, Justus and Mike Collins, waiting for another trekker.  They had just completed a "little" 14 mile jaunt and a few peaks up the Stafford Creek area.  All-in-all, our crew went 11 1/2 miles and about 3500'+ of gain.  Car-to-car, about 6 1/2 hours.  The down side was  more than an hour wait on Snoqualmie Pass on the way back due to avalanche control measures.  Back in Seattle  before 7:00 p.m.  Great day!  Great weather!  Great company!   up.gif  agree.gif  biggrin.gif

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Magellan
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PostSat Mar 22, 2008 8:37 pm 
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Another super trip.  up.gif  Thanks for the report.
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Sadie's Driver
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PostSat Mar 22, 2008 8:44 pm 
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Magellan wrote:
Another super trip.  up.gif  Thanks for the report.

Gorgeous day and fabulous company!  Great way to welcome Spring!  agree.gif  winksmile.gif

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PostSat Mar 22, 2008 8:48 pm 
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Wow, I now have three Teanaway summits in two weeks (or maybe Tarzan doesn't count, even though it felt like a summit).  I had begun to doubt the Easter Bunny, but how much more proof do you need than rabbit tracks and Easter candy? Next trip we will look for Sasquatch...
A bite to eat
A bite to eat
Climbing up
Climbing up
Coming up to the summit
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Coming up to the summit
Jim and Mt. Stuart
Jim and Mt. Stuart
On the summit
On the summit

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PostSat Mar 22, 2008 10:03 pm 
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Nice trip report and photos! Glissade  biggrin.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSat Mar 22, 2008 11:49 pm 
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Nicely written trip report.
I had forgotten that Teanaway Butte was an old lookout summit.
Cool sun halo.
I really liked the colorful jelly beans in the snow.

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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 3:51 am 
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Perfect crusty snow conditions.  Great captions to the pics and narration.  Not a posthole mentioned!  Halo a sign alright of trouble for today.
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Sadie's Driver
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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 7:55 am 
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peltoms wrote:
Perfect crusty snow conditions.  Great captions to the pics and narration.  Not a posthole mentioned!  Halo a sign alright of trouble for today.

You got that right!!! Icky-icky.  Yesterday was THE day to be out (and no, no major postholes - just a few "opps" where the snow was thinner.)

[quote="Matt"]I really liked the colorful jelly beans in the snow.[quote]
So did Opus!  embarassedlaugh.gif  Bet you didn't see those when you did your trip!!  Thanks for the visual aids and map from last year - we did a ridge on the southwest side of Tarzan - I think you guys did the northwest ridge.  Not much to look at on top! shakehead.gif

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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 8:26 am 
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Jim... congratulations on finishing off the Teanaway Mountains/Peaks.

I've yet to do Yellow Hill, Elbow Peak, Teanaway Butte, Freedom Peak (a.ka. Little Navaho) and the middle and east peaks of Three Brothers.

Seems like most people would rather go to the dentist than do Yellow Hill and Elbow Peak... and the middle and east peaks of Three Brothers looks like a backpack... maybe I'll get a few more later this year.

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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 8:49 am 
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A blue bird day in the Teanaway. Here are a few more photos to add to the burdgeoning collection:
Action on false summit
Action on false summit
Jim K conquering the Teanaway
Jim K conquering the Teanaway
Bob photographing Jim
Bob photographing Jim
Jim pointing out Teanaway details.
Jim pointing out Teanaway details.
Opus and Driver
Opus and Driver
Mt. Stuart from summit
Mt. Stuart from summit
Group on the summit
Group on the summit
Bob posing with ice ax.
Bob posing with ice ax.

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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 9:05 am 
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Great trip!  I was really dragging on this one though.  Must have been all that Easter bunny chasing.
GPS tracks
GPS tracks
Tracks
Tracks
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Bob
Bob
Summit
Summit
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View
Peaks
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Peaks
Rainier
Rainier
Mt Stuart
Mt Stuart
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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 9:28 am 
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A few more photos from our trip.

heading-up-Jungle-Creek-Rd
heading-up-Jungle-Creek-Rd
Opus-and-Bob
Opus-and-Bob
Still-climbing
Still-climbing
Almost-there
Almost-there
views2
views2
views3
views3
Tarzan-Butte
Tarzan-Butte
summit-of-Tarzan-Butte
summit-of-Tarzan-Butte
Looking back at Tarzan Butte
Looking back at Tarzan Butte
hiking
hiking

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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 9:39 am 
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wonderful photos you guys! what a crowd, and what a great place to be!

about the sun halo - there was one in vancouver too - and I've seen them every year at this time of year.

Are halos at all related to the equinox or is this late March sighting just a coincidence (spring clouds, uncertain weather, northwest being the northwest) and these occur at other times of the year? Seem more pronounced in March for some reason.
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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 5:19 pm 
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Greetings all from Pakalolo. Tdd
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PostSun Mar 23, 2008 5:36 pm 
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seawallrunner wrote:
wonderful photos you guys! what a crowd, and what a great place to be!

about the sun halo - there was one in vancouver too - and I've seen them every year at this time of year.

Are halos at all related to the equinox or is this late March sighting just a coincidence (spring clouds, uncertain weather, northwest being the northwest) and these occur at other times of the year? Seem more pronounced in March for some reason.

SWR - here is what I found about a Sun (or moon) halo:

This fairly common sight occurs when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky. Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens. Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Sun Halo. A similar Moon Halo may be visible during the night.

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation to the equinox - but the reports I saw either were at or around the Vernal or Winter equinox.  Others might have more scientific explanations.  s.d.

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