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Just_Some_Hiker
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PostSun Oct 27, 2013 11:05 pm 
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I arrived at the Phelps Creek trailhead around 10:00 PM Friday night. Not a single car there. That's a first. Slept at the trailhead, and was awoken by someone else pulling in around 1:00 AM. Wow.

Left my car around 7:00 AM and made it up to the Leroy Creek Basin around 9:00 AM. The weather was perfect. Most of the snow my partner and I had encountered a couple weeks earlier while doing the Carne Mountain high route had melted out. The snowhoes I was carrying were completely overkill.

There was minimal snow along the trail until crossing over the saddle between Maude and Freezer Peak. Even then snowshoes weren't needed. Crampons were helpful, however.

After doing a little side exploring around Ice Lakes, I made it to the summit of Maude around 2:00 PM. As I was preparing to set up my bivy spot, I saw another solo climber heading up the ridge. That was the only other person I encountered over two days.

I experienced heavy wind over the night, and a little light snow. Sunday morning was mostly overcast, with on and off snow.

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PostMon Oct 28, 2013 6:27 am 
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I'm surprised you saw anyone up there ... way to go! Love your pix ... thx for the memories.

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PostMon Oct 28, 2013 9:38 am 
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Nice ptarmigan pic.
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PostMon Oct 28, 2013 10:48 am 
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Gutsy choice for a bivy spot. up.gif
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PostMon Oct 28, 2013 4:46 pm 
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Wow, super beautiful!
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PostMon Oct 28, 2013 7:24 pm 
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I am the person who came in @ 130 AM and also ran into you on Maude summit.  I went directly up the giant slide gash in Leroy Basin after doing 7FJ and reached the ridge about 10-15 minutes behind you (route not recommended).  You were the only person I saw as well despite it being such a nice day.  Good to meet you!  Here is a pic of you booting up to the summit (sort of).

Maude
Maude

and Maude's N. face from 7FJ taken earlier that day.
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PostTue Oct 29, 2013 9:33 am 
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Small world! :-)
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PostTue Oct 29, 2013 10:11 am 
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*trace wrote:
I am the person who came in @ 130 AM and also ran into you on Maude summit.  I went directly up the giant slide gash in Leroy Basin after doing 7FJ and reached the ridge about 10-15 minutes behind you (route not recommended).  You were the only person I saw as well despite it being such a nice day.  Good to meet you!  Here is a pic of you booting up to the summit (sort of).

Maude
Maude

and Maude's N. face from 7FJ taken earlier that day.

Gotta say, this is a good first post. Welcome to the forum. And good on both of you!
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PostTue Oct 29, 2013 5:48 pm 
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Small world indeed!  Thanks for the welcome as well Hit The Trail.  I should probably write a trip report sometime instead of just lurking and getting condition information for my over ambitious adventures.
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PostThu Oct 31, 2013 6:45 am 
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I knew Maude was for the birds wink.gif  Nice late season tag in a favorite area up.gif  up.gif

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Blowdown
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PostThu Oct 31, 2013 11:35 am 
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Outstanding!

Especially your hiking times. It would take us at LEAST twice that long! You guys are locomotives!

Nice work. Great photos!   up.gif  up.gif
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PostThu Oct 31, 2013 7:24 pm 
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Thanks for the report. I was wondering what the snow levels were in that area. Of course that can change daily this time of year.

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