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Friday, 06/27/08

The following events took place between 09:00 P.M. - 01:00 A.M. (4 hours after start)
We carpooled with yukon222 and met wamtngal, Just Todd, dicey, and Yana at the East Fork Foss trailhead just after 9:00 Friday night.  After spending a half hour putting on our gear and smacking tiny biting flies we headed down the trail.  The forest quickly swallowed up the ambient light and we traveled by head lamp one foot in front of the other for 4.6 miles.  We reached the river camp about 11:45 P.M. to discover it already occupied - dammit - so we backtracked a couple hundred yards down the trail and set up in a relatively flattish spot.  A little snacking and talking before bed and then we hit the hay (or hit the devil's club lol.gif ).
Day 1 Trail Stats: 856' gained, 341' descended

Headlamp hiking in the dark
Headlamp hiking in the dark

Saturday, 06/28/08

The following events took place between 07:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (13 hours after start)
We ate our breakfast and repacked our gear.  The best feature of our camp was the newly installed backcountry toilet just down the trail which we all took advantage of before setting out to cross the river.  There was just barely enough room to hop over a side channel and onto the bridge without getting wet at the river crossing.  Now the relatively flat part was over and it was time to gain some elevation (over 2,500' in 2.2 miles - dammit eek.gif ).  The heat of the day just added to the misery of trekking up this rocky, rooty, muddy trail (as one website aptly stated, "it is a primitive trail, in places as steep and as badly eroded as any trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness" - dammit).  We hit snow at 3100' feet and it was snow alternating with periods of muddy trail from there on out.  There were a lot of melt streams running down the trail and under the snow creating the perfect environment for post holes.  We almost spent as much time walking on the side of the trail as on it.  We arrived at the Michael A. Nesby Memorial Footbridge to find Jewel Creek absolutely roaring - the creek flow was almost hitting the bridge - dammit.

Over the rocks (La Bohn Peak way ahead)
Over the rocks (La Bohn Peak way ahead)

The following events took place between 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. (14.5 hours after start)
We stopped to cool down in the spray and then crossed the bridge one at a time.  The bridge's hand railing was broken so even that little bit of mental protection was taken from us but we all made it safely.  On the other side of the bridge, we briefly lost the trail - dammit.  It is important to remember that the trail heads downstream on the other side of the bridge for a short period of time before continuing its climb.  Once on the trail again we made our way up to Jade Lake for a much deserved lunch break.

Rest stop at Jade Lake
Rest stop at Jade Lake

The following events took place between 12:00 P.M. - 02:30 P.M. (17.5 hours after start)
After refilling our water supply it was back onto the snow through the Necklace Valley.  The snow is only melted out by the base of the trees so there was no more following the trail - dammit.  Luckily a few of us had been there before and knew the general route.  All the lakes were still mostly frozen over in the middle with a ring of melted out water around the rim. We passed some unoccupied tents pitched near the cabin and wondered if we would run into the owners.  At the head of the Necklace Valley we observed a spectacular waterfall coming down out of La Bohn Lakes.  We traversed under the waterfall and ascended the steeeeeep snow to the right of the waterfall through the trees and rocks, finally edging over the rocky ledge to arrive at lower La Bohn Lake.

Heading to La Bohn Gap
Heading to La Bohn Gap
The steep ascent next to the waterfall
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The steep ascent next to the waterfall
Kiefer is happy with the views
Kiefer is happy with the views

The following events took place between 03:00 P.M. - 04:30 P.M. (19.5 hours after start)
As we were checking out the three lakes and taking pictures we watched a group of seven descend down to the lakes from Hinman and head over to La Bohn gap.  We figured they may be heading up to La Bohn Peak as well, so we took our time securing our crampons with the purpose of letting them kick steps up ahead of us.  They must of seen us coming because they called a rest break in some rocks about a third of the way up to let us pass and kick steps for them - dammit frown.gif .  We arrived at the 6585' summit in short order and enjoyed amazing views.

Lower La Bohn Lake melt
Lower La Bohn Lake melt
Rowena knows the way
Rowena knows the way
Yana & dicey rising the hill from the middle lake
Yana & dicey rising the hill from the middle lake
Bears Breast Mountain
Bears Breast Mountain
Starting up La Bohn Peak
Starting up La Bohn Peak
Touching the sky
Touching the sky
Summit Chief, Chimney Rock, and Overcoat
Summit Chief, Chimney Rock, and Overcoat

The following events took place between 04:30 P.M. - 05:30 P.M. (20.5 hours after start)
We spent an hour on the summit taking pics, signing the register, and talking with the other party.  It was a mountaineers group led by Richard and Lynn who happened to know dicey (who doesn't know dicey?).  We joked that this was probably the first time the La Bohn summit had 14 climbers and 2 dogs on it at the same time.  They gave us the info on the Hinman summit (perfect conditions) and informed us that they were going to summit Otter Point the next day.

Bear's Breast and Summit Chief from the summit of La Bohn Peak
Bear's Breast and Summit Chief from the summit of La Bohn Peak
Rowena takes in the views from the La Bohn summit
Rowena takes in the views from the La Bohn summit
The Necklace Valley from La Bohn Peak
The Necklace Valley from La Bohn Peak
A little summit craziness
A little summit craziness
Getting the shot!
Getting the shot!
La Bohn Peak group shot
La Bohn Peak group shot
Dicey and Yana check out Mount Hinman
Dicey and Yana check out Mount Hinman

The following events took place between 05:30 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. (26 hours after start)
The mountaineers left before us and laid some nice glissade tracks to use on the way down.  We made it back to our packs and couldn't find the motivation to strap on our packs and backpack up to the ridge above La Bohn Lake on the side of Mount Hinman which was our original goal - dammit.  We found a spot of bare heather and rocks on the knob above the lakes and set up camp.  We watched the sun set, ate dinner, listened to music, gazed at the stars and swapped stories until 11:00.
Day 2 Trail Stats: 5141' gained, 1483' descended

Yukon and Bears Breast
Yukon and Bears Breast
Ready Kiefer, let's glissade!
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Ready Kiefer, let's glissade!
Never give a crazy man an ice axe!
Never give a crazy man an ice axe!
Yana takes it all in
Yana takes it all in
Anyone want to head over to the Tank Lakes?
Anyone want to head over to the Tank Lakes?
We'll make this our campsite
We'll make this our campsite
La Bohn Peak
La Bohn Peak
Heather glow
Heather glow
Yea, I'm dicey and I kick ass!
Yea, I'm dicey and I kick ass!
Vivid Orange
Vivid Orange

Sunday, 06/29/08

The following events took place between 07:00 A.M. - 09:40 A.M. (36.67 hours after start)
Another 7:00 wakeup call but most of us were stirring before then since the sky started to lighten around 4:00 - dammit.  We ate breakfast, prepared our summit packs and set off at 8:20.  We headed up at the south end of the upper lake and soon gained the ridge that leads to the summit.  From there it was easy walking on snow all the way to the Hinman summit ridge that runs perpendicular to the ridge we came up.  We then crossed to the east side of the summit ridge onto the top of the Hinman glacier and made an ascending traverse to the true 7492' summit arriving at 9:40.

In step up Hinman
In step up Hinman
Showing off those climbing muscles
Showing off those climbing muscles
Through the snow and rocks
Through the snow and rocks
Hinman and Lepul Lakes in front of Bald Eagle Peak
Hinman and Lepul Lakes in front of Bald Eagle Peak
Todd helps a lost damselfly
Todd helps a lost damselfly
Almost to the summit of Mount Hinman
Almost to the summit of Mount Hinman

The following events took place between 09:40 A.M. - 10:40 A.M. (37.67 hours after start)
Once on the summit we looked for the summit register but couldn't find it - dammit.  Yana went and checked the two other high points on the ridge but it wasn't there either - dammit.  We were sure we had the summit correct so we spread a little of Ed Miller's ashes and left his memorial register there for the next NWHiker to find.

We be on dar summit!
We be on dar summit!
Rainier through the arch cairn
Rainier through the arch cairn
The Mount Hinman summiteers
The Mount Hinman summiteers

The following events took place between 10:40 A.M. - 11:40 A.M. (38.67 hours after start)
The sun was really starting to beat down on us - dammit - so we headed back down.  Yana took the opportunity to climb some pillars on the ridgeline which gave the rest of us the opportunity to test our snowball throwing skills.  We took advantage of glissades when we could and made it back to camp in exactly one hour.

Yana volunteers for target practice
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Yana volunteers for target practice
6.0 on the glissade dismount
6.0 on the glissade dismount
Dude tries the sideways glissade
Dude tries the sideways glissade
Heading back to camp
Heading back to camp

The following events took place between 11:40 A.M. - 02:10 P.M. (41.17 hours after start)
It took the Schmidt team an especially long time to get our gear together - dammit - (the whippets were no help at all!) so we wanted to say thank you to the rest of the gang for waiting for us.  We donned crampons for the descent from La Bohn Lakes to the Necklace Valley.  The snow conditions were terrible, a few inches of soft snow over a hard icy base - dammit.  Yukon slipped and had to self arrest but not before he had slid a couple hundred yards down the mountain.  Dude also slipped but managed to grab and hang on to an exposed tree after only sliding about 50 feet (sliding tree belay!!!).

Back at Camp La Bohn
Back at Camp La Bohn
Alpine glamour shot
Alpine glamour shot
Descending the steep waterfall route
Descending the steep waterfall route

The following events took place between 02:10 P.M. - 05:20 P.M. (44.33 hours after start)
We eventually made it the base of the waterfall and recrossed the Necklace Valley.  We noticed that the mountaineers' tents were gone when we passed the spot where they had been camped.  Once again we stopped in the shade by Jade Lake for a breather, and then headed down the sloppy, snowy, muddy trail.  When we reached the Jewel Creek crossing we were elated to observe someone had tried to repair the hand railing but dismayed to see that the creek was running even higher and harder than the day before - dammit  eek.gif .

Here comes the rest of the group
Here comes the rest of the group

The following events took place between 05:20 P.M. - 05:40 P.M. (44.67 hours after start)
We crossed without incident and continued our trek.  We eventually passed the mountaineers group taking a break just where the snow stopped and the bare trail started.  We asked about the summit register and Richard stated he placed it under a small cairn just below the summit doh.gif .  One of their group, Leif, hiked down with us to the river crossing.  He asked Dude at lot of questions about NWHikers.net so we may have a new member soon.  The heat had made us drink far more water than we expected to so we needed to pump water from the river - dammit.  The Mountaineers group overtook us as we were still taking a break.  They tried to cross only to come back and report that the side channel was too large to be safely jumped across: we'd all have to wade the stream - dammit.

Todd and Dude cool off in the East Fork Foss River
Todd and Dude cool off in the East Fork Foss River
Yukon and Dicey wade through the stream
Yukon and Dicey wade through the stream
Dude and Todd cross the river
Dude and Todd cross the river

The following events took place between 05:40 P.M. - 09:00 P.M. (48 hours after start)
After putting our shoes back on we headed out before the other group and began the longest five mile march of our lives (or at least it seemed that way!).  The farther the trail wandered away from the river the higher the air temperature rose plus the humidity was stifling - dammit.  To top it all off, the mosquitos eventually found us, making water breaks even more miserable than the hiking - dammit.  We finally made it back to the trailhead at 7:30 with one thing on our minds - FOOD!  After packing the gear we drove to Monroe and found an Alfy's Pizza (not our first choice but it was still open  cool.gif ).  The we had our post-hike debriefing before heading our separate ways - until our next mission!
Day 3 Trail Stats: 2339' gained, 6352' descended

Yana checks out the bivy sites in the root wad
Yana checks out the bivy sites in the root wad
Back through the forest
Back through the forest
Making everything fit
Making everything fit

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Shaving 5 miles off late Friday in the dark was a good way to start this trip, especially since we couldn’t see much of the mostly boring entry trail.  Fresh start the next morning and a fun log crossing over the Foss River.
Alti-Babe and whippets crossing the Foss
Alti-Babe and whippets crossing the Foss

Only a few miles further up the ridge and we needed steady feet and nerves to go over the Nesby Memorial footbridge.  With the railing destroyed and an absolutely raging stream below, the heart was pounding a little bit as I placed my large feet on the narrow log.
'Dude not concerned with crossing but Kief is!
'Dude not concerned with crossing but Kief is!
Alti-Babe memorial bridge crossing
Alti-Babe memorial bridge crossing

Just after that 2nd water crossing, the snows built up very quickly.  Alti-Babe was kind enough to lead and discover the only serious post-hole of the weekend.
Alti-Babe leading the hunt for postholes!
Alti-Babe leading the hunt for postholes!

The forest opened up considerably and we were treated to big views, blue skies and very warm temperatures as we worked our way up to La Bohn Lakes.
Crew ascending slopes near La Bohn Gap
Crew ascending slopes near La Bohn Gap
Getting closer to La Bohn Falls
Getting closer to La Bohn Falls
La Bohn Falls
La Bohn Falls
Ascending waterfall route to La Bohn Lakes
Ascending waterfall route to La Bohn Lakes
Alti-Babe near top of waterfall route
Alti-Babe near top of waterfall route
Dicey arriving at La Bohn Lakes
Dicey arriving at La Bohn Lakes

After a brief rest, we pushed on to the summit of La Bohn Peak where the views were even better than the lakes 800’ below us.
Just Todd ascending La Bohn Peak
Just Todd ascending La Bohn Peak
Looking north from slopes of La Bohn Peak
Looking north from slopes of La Bohn Peak
Alti-Babe on La Bohn summit
Alti-Babe on La Bohn summit
Williams Lake and avi debris
Williams Lake and avi debris
Alti-Dude lining up the summit group picture
Alti-Dude lining up the summit group picture
Chimney Rock from La Bohn summit
Chimney Rock from La Bohn summit
Glacier Peak from La Bohn area
Glacier Peak from La Bohn area
Waterfall route up to La Bohn Lakes
Waterfall route up to La Bohn Lakes
Alti-Kief resting near La Bohn summit
Alti-Kief resting near La Bohn summit
'Dude and 'Babe descending from La Bohn
'Dude and 'Babe descending from La Bohn
'Dude, La Bohn and La Sun
'Dude, La Bohn and La Sun
South pano from shoulder of La Bohn Peak
South pano from shoulder of La Bohn Peak
Mt Hinman and tarn
Mt Hinman and tarn

Windy, but warm temps made it pleasant to watch the sun set over the far ridgelines.  No bugs at all.
Dicey and La Bohn relaxing in summer sun
Dicey and La Bohn relaxing in summer sun
Dicey and Yana heading to the party rock
Dicey and Yana heading to the party rock
'Babe and the summer sun
'Babe and the summer sun
Sunset from La Bohn Lakes, 5850'
Sunset from La Bohn Lakes, 5850'
Sunset zoom from La Bohn Lakes
Sunset zoom from La Bohn Lakes
Final sunset glow from La Bohn Lakes
Final sunset glow from La Bohn Lakes

A semi-early start the next morning up to Mt Hinman.  Warm again but not too hot at all.  Lots of snow up there but plenty of consolidation.  Easy hiking up to the summit.  We enjoyed the summit views for quite awhile before reluctantly deciding to head back down to the 5850’ camp at La Bohn Lakes.
Early morning camp - granite is hard!
Early morning camp - granite is hard!
'Babe and 'Dude ascending Mt Hinman ridge
'Babe and 'Dude ascending Mt Hinman ridge
Climbing to the sky (and Mt Hinman)
Climbing to the sky (and Mt Hinman)
Mt Hinman north snowfield
Mt Hinman north snowfield
Yana on Mt Hinman middle summit
Yana on Mt Hinman middle summit
Mystery waterfall NE of Mt Hinman.  Huge!
Mystery waterfall NE of Mt Hinman.  Huge!
'Dude on Mt Hinman summit with Ed's register
'Dude on Mt Hinman summit with Ed's register
Mt Rainier from Mt Hinman
Mt Rainier from Mt Hinman
Yana and the vast snowfield
Yana and the vast snowfield
Sloppy snow in the summer sun
Sloppy snow in the summer sun
Group descending back to La Bohn camp
Group descending back to La Bohn camp
Glacier Peak pano from Mt Hinman
Glacier Peak pano from Mt Hinman
Bears Breast, Dutch Miller Gap, Chimney Rock
Bears Breast, Dutch Miller Gap, Chimney Rock

Large panos here of the Glacier Peak and Bears Breast pictures
Glacier pano (large)
Bears Breast pano


The descent down the face at the La Bohn waterfall area was interesting.
Tricky descent of La Bohn waterfall route
Tricky descent of La Bohn waterfall route

Exciting.  Startling.  Scary.  All of the above.  Yana started the traverse above the steepest section but stopped so everyone could get their crampons attached.  We had talked about the pros/cons of them for the type of snow we would be in while still at the camp.  The snow had a firm top surface 3” thick that you could kick into before striking rock hard ice.  Ice axe shaft couldn’t penetrate much farther unless you happened to hit a scarce void in the buried talus.  In places, the snow would hold a decent kick-step while in others, it would fall apart.

Yana began the descent but wasn’t having much success driving her feet into the hard angled snow (she is very compact and light).  I volunteered to pound in some steps since I am much larger and heavier.  It went well for the first 100’ of descent as we angled across and down the steep 45° slope.  The snow started to change just a little bit though.  As I’d try to kick a nice hard firm step (so it wouldn’t collapse for the others above me), I found myself having to re-kick in several times to compress the step.

A little bit further down the slope and it happened.  I had been sinking the ice axe as deep as I could but it could only be driven in about 4”.  As I kicked in a lower step, the snow broke out beneath that foot and the decent upper step gave way when it had to carry more of the load.  The shallow ice axe placement tore free and I was instantly sliding down the face on my back.

With a full pack on, it took me 2 seconds to spin onto my stomach and sink the ice axe pick in.  By that time, I was really sliding fast and the pick wasn’t slowing me down or arresting the fall.  I leaned hard into it, driving the spike end into the snow too while keeping my cramponed feet up in the air.  That braked the acceleration but the steep slope was generating too much force and it was tearing the ice axe out of my hand.

I knew I couldn’t lose the ice axe (I did have it attached via a leash to my hand) so I let up on the pressure on the spike end.  My ride down the mountain continued but the pick end was keeping my speed from increasing.  A quick glance down the slope below me and I could see I had another 10 seconds or so before the slope would become studded with trees and then a little farther, a cliff.  Time wasn’t quite slowing down but I was thinking that impacting one of the trees wasn’t going to be pleasant.

Perhaps 4 seconds before hitting the tree zone, I decided to flip the ice axe over to the adze end with the hope that the thick end might cause more drag than the narrow pick.  It was my 2nd to last choice as I was getting ready to lower my cramponed feet in a last chance gamble.  Fortunately, the adze end really grabbed hold of the snow and I spun to a stop just before the tree zone.  I stopped 2 feet to the right of the first tree.  The inadvertent glissade felt like it lasted for 12 seconds as I slid down about 200’ vertical (maybe 300’ ground distance) on a 30° to 40° slope.  Bottom of my right forearm got shredded up from the friction of the snow/ice along with minor scrapes on my right hip.  I had gloves on so my hands came thru it fine.

Very glad to have my 1st self arrest end without injury although I wish I had been able to stop quicker.  Planned glissades are fun, unexpected ones are not!   lol.gif
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Another spectacular trip with equally spectacular peeps! Many thanks to Schmidt Alti-Babe for being the supreme organizer!

Taking a break
Taking a break
Creek crossing
Creek crossing
La Bohn Peak
La Bohn Peak
Passing by Jewel Lake
Passing by Jewel Lake
Heading up to La Bohn Gap
Heading up to La Bohn Gap
Steep ascent
Steep ascent
Just Todd leading the way to La Bohn Lakes
Just Todd leading the way to La Bohn Lakes
Schmidt Alti-Babe near La Bohn Lakes
Schmidt Alti-Babe near La Bohn Lakes
Nap time with the whippets
Nap time with the whippets
Taking in the views
Taking in the views
Bear's Breast & melt pool
Bear's Breast & melt pool
Just Todd descending La Bohn Peak
Just Todd descending La Bohn Peak
Tank Lakes
Tank Lakes
Alone
Alone
Descending La Bohn Peak
Descending La Bohn Peak
Yana by melt pool
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Yana by melt pool
Sunset
Sunset
Ascending to Hinman
Ascending to Hinman
Dicey & Yana head up Hinman
Dicey & Yana head up Hinman
On Hinman
On Hinman
Traversing Hinman
Traversing Hinman
Almost there!
Almost there!
Heading up Hinman
Heading up Hinman
Just Todd relaxes on Hinman (and covers up his sunburn)
Just Todd relaxes on Hinman (and covers up his sunburn)
wamtngal & Just Todd on Hinman summit
wamtngal & Just Todd on Hinman summit
Just Todd & Mt Daniel
Just Todd & Mt Daniel
Ants in a row
Ants in a row
Descending Hinman
Descending Hinman
Heading back to camp
Heading back to camp
Hinman's broad shoulder
Hinman's broad shoulder
Heading down...
Heading down...
Steep descent from La Bohn Lakes
Steep descent from La Bohn Lakes
Little Red Riding Hoods
Little Red Riding Hoods
La Bohn Peak Pano
La Bohn Peak Pano

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You guys are other worldly and amazing!  Shouldn't you just start posting on CC's site?  We mortals cant really relate to such super mortal feets of physical engineering all the time.


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This trip was great!  agree.gif Despite my headlamp batteries burning out (thanks Yukon for the loaner) and my camera accidentally getting turned on in my camera bag and burning out THOSE batteries (thanks Wamtngal for THAT loaner)!

Thanks Altibabe for the idea  agree.gif

MORE MORE MORE! (well, less less less on the sunburn)  rockband.gif


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WHAT A TRIP!!!!!!!! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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that's one serious TR, dammit!  i am exhausted, dammit!

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Glad you folks had a fun trip!  Nice pics! up.gif
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PostWed Jul 02, 2008 10:24 pm 
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Great report!  I could hear the little "beep-boop-beep" clock counting as I read it.
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PostWed Jul 02, 2008 10:29 pm 
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Holy crap Yukon!   eek.gif  eek.gif  Unplanned glissades suck.  I am really glad you are all right.  I have never heard of burying the adze.  Did you go a different way down than up, or were conditions just crap?

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Hey, youre not NEW guys. Move it to the TR section would ya. moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif  moon.gif

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"If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."

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PostWed Jul 02, 2008 10:46 pm 
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Same route up/down the south side of the waterfall area, Magellan.  The very warm temps over the previous 24hrs had softened up the top few inches just enough to cause us some problems getting back down.  Still very hard ice underneath it.

I was mentally cycling thru my few remaining options as I was flying down the face.  Since the pick was only keeping me from accelerating and I only had a few more seconds before the scattered trees and cliff, I figured I'd try the adze end before planting my crampon feet as my last choice.  I wasn't going to slam into the trees or shoot off the cliff.  It worked, surprisingly well and quickly.  Guess the snow was the perfect density for the adze end to work against.
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PostWed Jul 02, 2008 10:55 pm 
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The power went out right after I started your TR (thunder & lightening crazy) and I was able to enjoy it all the way through on battery power. Thanks for keeping me consistently entertained and always humbled by your amazing adventures ~Jo

PS, power back on for now in North Bend, but we're shutting down the laptop so we can watch the lightening show more clearly.
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PostWed Jul 02, 2008 11:06 pm 
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Videos, this time done by Alti-Dude but special effects (though limited) done by me.  wink.gif  We thought there were several unintentionally funny moments.  For a fun drinking game, take a drink every time Dude says, "alright, here we are."  rotf.gif  Special thanks to Bryan for the great video idea!



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