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Justus S.
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PostSun Jan 25, 2009 12:15 am 
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Jan 24, 2009

Old Pass Hill (4885), Cairn Hill (4745)

Headed over to the Blewitt Pass area for a short workout. I was joined by Sjolseth, Collins, Martin S. and Dave C. For this trip I packed a bike which I left up the hwy to avoid the 1.4 mile road walk back to the car. We left the snowshoes in the car for this one but conditions did have us doing some postholing. Today was a chilly day on the east side.

It was a pleasant hike up to Old Pass
Tom hiking up
Tom hiking up
Ridge up
Ridge up
Ooo a view of the Stuart Range
Ooo a view of the Stuart Range
Mike on the final slopes to Old Pass
Mike on the final slopes to Old Pass
Tom approaching the summit of Old Pass
Tom approaching the summit of Old Pass
Stuart Range from Old Pass
Stuart Range from Old Pass
Group on Old Pass
Group on Old Pass
hiking down Old Pass
hiking down Old Pass

Then a little trudging to get to Cairn. Cairn had some big cairns on top. A quick hike down and a coast to the the car ended the trip. Nice little outing and great company.

hiking to Cairn
hiking to Cairn
Martin sitting among the cairns on Cairn
Martin sitting among the cairns on Cairn
Mike and Dave chillin
Mike and Dave chillin
Rainier through the clouds
Rainier through the clouds
Getting ready to leave
Getting ready to leave
Peaks above the clouds
Peaks above the clouds
Heading down
Heading down
Old Pass Cairn Map
Old Pass Cairn Map
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Tom_Sjolseth
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PostSun Jan 25, 2009 9:28 am 
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Thanks for a fun outing, even if there were trees on the summit  embarassedlaugh.gif .

It should be noted that the temps were cold enough to freeze the snot inside my nose.  Martin showed 12 degrees on his thermometer at one point.

This trip is historic in my list-bagging career in that these are the first two Backcourt peaks that I've climbed on purpose!
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PostSun Jan 25, 2009 9:44 am 
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Good thinking about using the bike. I remember thinking when I did the same route it was the easiest twofer on any list. Way to get two more knocked off. I am sorry you couldn't find the register on Cairn Hill, it was a memorable one.
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PostSun Jan 25, 2009 9:49 am 
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Tom_Sjolseth wrote:
Thanks for a fun outing, even if there were trees on the summit  embarassedlaugh.gif .

It should be noted that the temps were cold enough to freeze the snot inside my nose.  Martin showed 12 degrees on his thermometer at one point.

This trip is historic in my list-bagging career in that these are the first two Backcourt peaks that I've climbed on purpose!

Great idea for a close quick trip for me, it was a cold one, we sat in the freezing fog for a very short time, my hands got cold, and I started to shiver, so that's an early warning sign for me to start making heat, and made haste. As for the back court peaks, I can say I have been the "accidental back court peakbagger" not knowing that some of the high points are named peaks. hockeygrin.gif

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PostThu Feb 05, 2009 4:20 pm 
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Somehow I missed this report. It's good seeing Sjolseth out in the Backcourt!  up.gif
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