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Opus
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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 7:17 pm 
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Seems Earl peak is the place to be lately so off we went to join the party.  Everyone else must have finished off the booze and snacks because all we found were some clouds and a whole lot of wind up there.  But we didn't have to use our rain gear, aside from wind protection, so that's always a plus!  The crew this trip included myself, JimK, MiddleE, Trailpair, and Brewmaster and his son.

The road in was largely clear of snow, just some thin packed stuff approaching the trailhead.  Someone has also cut in fairly deep drainage ditches across the last part of the road.  Even Brewmaster's sedan made it through but drive carefully.  We left the trailhead around 9:45 and made the summit around 2.5 hours later, thankfully with no sight or smell of the dead horse along the way.  The trail was covered in a thin layer of slippery slush after crossing Bean creek but overall very snow free.  Views were local but not too bad.  We could see out to the neighboring peaks and swirling clouds in all directions.

Before long the wind chased us off the top and we chose to slip slide our way back down to the cars, making it in a brisk 1.5 hours.  Equal drive to hike time ratio for this one but well worth it to escape the rain and get in another 7000 ft peak before the snows hit!  And thanks to Barry's enrollment in the Suzanne Driving School we were out and back in record time!

That's a new warning.
That's a new warning.
Summit assault
Summit assault
Cloud factory
Cloud factory

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Earl peak
Earl peak
I'm the Michelin man (photo from JimK)
I'm the Michelin man (photo from JimK)
Frozen tarn
Frozen tarn

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Lichen
Lichen
Heading down
Heading down
Ice
Ice
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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 7:26 pm 
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Nice.  up.gif




That's a new warning.
That's a new warning.

It's actually been there since late September

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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 7:35 pm 
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We were just happy that we didn't get rained on! Had it not been so windy on the summit, we would have considered running the ridge to Bean Peak. Oh well.....next time!
Jim K and Bob
Jim K and Bob
Golden light below summit
Golden light below summit
David (Opus) and Bob on west ridge
David (Opus) and Bob on west ridge
Mystical trees
Mystical trees
Judy's Peak
Judy's Peak
A sunbreak below the summit
A sunbreak below the summit
K on "South Summit"
K on "South Summit"
Earl summit
Earl summit
Hikers above the rocks
Hikers above the rocks
Middle E, Opus, and Jim K
Middle E, Opus, and Jim K
Brewmaster and his son, Peter
Brewmaster and his son, Peter
Peter and David on left. Bob, David, and  Barry on summit.
Peter and David on left. Bob, David, and  Barry on summit.
Bob with Bean Peak
Bob with Bean Peak

...oh yea, we want to acknowledge Peter for his fancy footwork crosssing Bean Creek....and keeping his boots dry.....

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Middle E
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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 7:46 pm 
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Opus wrote:

And thanks to Barry's enrollment in the Suzanne Driving School we were out and back in record time!

Didn't you see all those cars passing us?   It was a C- effort for sure. dizzy.gif

My camera refused to take pictures until I set the date and time, but here's my offering...
Saddle below Earl Pk
Saddle below Earl Pk
Ridgeline from the summit
Ridgeline from the summit
Bean and Mary, somewhere
Bean and Mary, somewhere

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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 8:00 pm 
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Looks like nice day considering it was very drippy on the westside!  rant.gif

I shoulda joined you guys  hmmm.gif  but didn't wake up until you started up the TH  embarassedlaugh.gif

I managed to do a short hike and got soaked head to toe!

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Sadie's Driver
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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 8:01 pm 
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Middle E wrote:
Opus wrote:

And thanks to Barry's enrollment in the Suzanne Driving School we were out and back in record time!

Didn't you see all those cars passing us?   It was a C- effort for sure. dizzy.gif

tongue.gif  To both of you!  My fancy footwork (aka "lead foot") has managed to get me through the brutal "pilgram trails" of Boston just fine, thank you very much!   lol.gif  Sorry I missed the fun.   agree.gif  winksmile.gif   s.d.

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PostSat Nov 29, 2008 11:09 pm 
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Awesome.  I'm glad  that you folks had favorable results.  The day we had,  mayun, we shoulda run the ridge to Bean Peak,  I feel guilty now sorta biggrin.gif

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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 2:08 pm 
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GeoTom wrote:
Nice.  up.gif




That's a new warning.
That's a new warning.

It's actually been there since late September

Wow, that thing's been dead a long time!
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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 2:27 pm 
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Glad to have my son Peter home for Thanksgiving vacation.  We both enjoyed the hike up Earl.

Was not so sure that my Acura would make it up over the water bars on the road.  Just a dusting of slick snow, but actually made it fairly easily.  I had put the snow tires on and probably would not have made it otherwise.

Despite all of the signs warning of the Dead Horse, we did not see (or smell) any signs of it.

Here are a few pics from the trip (that  Peter took).  The clouds forming on the back of the ridge were amazing.  Must have something to do with slightly lower pressure below the ridge as the wind whips over the top causing the moisture to condense out?  I am sure that someone will explain this a lot better.

Opus pointing
Opus pointing
Middle E up ahead
Middle E up ahead
Clouds forming 1
Clouds forming 1
Clouds forming 2
Clouds forming 2
Heading  up to the top
Heading  up to the top
Almost blown over
Almost blown over

And the stats.
Earl peak track
Earl peak track
Earl peak elevation
Earl peak elevation

All in all a great trip, despite the long drive.  The lack of rain made the trip worth it.
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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 4:46 pm 
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Looks like a great trip. I really enjoyed my trip up to Earl earlier this year.
I wonder why one would should make noise when approaching a dead horse? Hmmmmm

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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 5:34 pm 
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Brewmaster wrote:

Opus pointing
Opus pointing

confused.gif   Was Jim's pointer broken????
hmmm.gif  eek.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif   s.d.

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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 7:42 pm 
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Bryan wrote:

I wonder why one would should make noise when approaching a dead horse? Hmmmmm

The sign was there on September 20, the day after the horse died. The horse was actually in the creek, but on the Turnpike Trail.

Why make noise? Suppose a bear or some other critter is eating the horse? The noise is in order to scare that animal (or animals) off before you get to the horse.

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Joey
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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 9:34 pm 
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Since we own a backhoe, I'm the local dead horse undertaker in our neighborhood.  None that I have encountered so far (8 and counting) require any noise to be made.  What am I  missing regarding the USFS warning?
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Opus
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PostSun Nov 30, 2008 9:44 pm 
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Joey wrote:
Since we own a backhoe, I'm the local dead horse undertaker in our neighborhood.  None that I have encountered so far (8 and counting) require any noise to be made.  What am I  missing regarding the USFS warning?

They're worried about the dead horse attracting some predator, then an unsuspecting hiker walks up and spooks it.  Making noise should hopefully scare off whatever may be up the trail.
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PostMon Dec 01, 2008 1:23 pm 
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regarding the notice for the horse this is very common in Montana when I went to Glacier NP some trails were even closed due to a dead elk on the trail.  Grizzlies are attracted to that like dogs to a dead bird.  I am sure bears can smell something like that a mile away.

you guys should have gone up on Sunday weather was beautiful!  Looks like a great trip in any event.
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