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Post Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:08 am    Cashmere Mountain 6/27/08
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Took a quick trip up to Cashmere Mountain on 6/27/08 with a co-worker; I was a bit surprised as the route was for all intent snow free, except for spots here and there, although still plenty of snow towards Windy Pass. We arrived late in the afternoon to Cashmere Mountain and were traversing high on the North Slope with just two one hundred foot or so snow fields to cross before turning up to the summit. The snow on the fields was now so soft and melted from the sun that there was no holding the ice ax shaft and impossible to arrest with the pick. Half way across the first field we agreed to call it. Out of water we descended to the plateau at 7,000 and filtered the best tasting snow melt in the world and watched two mountain goats laze on a snow bank higher up the slope. That day we consumed approximately five liters of water each. It was a great day to be out and a good conditioning hike.
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Post Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:34 am   
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up.gif That's a nice trip. I always thought that setting up a tent on that upper fat ridge with the views facing Lake Colchuck would be awesome. There is a level campsite up high surrounded by a few trees.

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Post Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:19 am   
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that snow has been tricky for everyone so far this year. NWHikers should do a trip en masse next month when the snow melts...
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Post Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:36 am   
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Sounds like you turned back at the same spot we turned back last month bawl.gif .  Kind of ironic that first, we turned back because the snow was too hard and then, you turn back because the snow is too soft.  Well worth the effort for the spectacular views, though.

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Post Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:29 am   
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Yes it truly is a most excellent campsite on the plateau. As for the soft snow, could have, should have, would have, damn that mountaineer training that kicked in. Be that as it may, we did meet one climber on the way out in the AM who stated he did summit and saw the remains of his path still present in the two snow fields.
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