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Nancyann
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PostSun Nov 18, 2018 1:09 am 
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Well, not really, but for most of the day, it seemed like it. We did take note that the three groups we met who were descending from the summit were dressed like they had come from the Arctic Circle. confused.gif The reality sank in at about 5,000ft, when snow and ice began to cover the trail and I had to stop and put on my down jacket and down mitts with two hand warmers each. rant.gif Thankfully, I had a third pair of hand warmers which I traded to Hiking Partner for his spikes, since I had left mine in the car after seeing very little snow on Dirtyface from the road below. I had forgotten about the stands of trees higher up where snow and ice lurk in waiting for the unsuspecting. huh.gif
It took us several hours to climb up the 4,000 feet up to the weather station, but it was so cold, we only stayed up there for 15 minutes.
Nevertheless, it was a fantastic day to be in the mountains, and on the way back, we were treated to a moonrise over Lake Wenatchee!

Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18

This attire worked well most of the day. It was fun pretending it was summer again!
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18

Until we ran into snow and ice at about 5,000 feet..
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Trail to Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Trail to Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Trail to Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Trail to Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18

But the views were so worth it at the top!

View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
View from summit of Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18

And then moonlight on the way back.
Moonrise over Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Moonrise over Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Moonrise over Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
Moonrise over Lake Wenatchee from Dirtyface Peak  11/17/18
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PostMon Nov 19, 2018 12:13 pm 
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Spectacular range of conditions! It is always amusing to pretend it is a different season than the calendar says.

Super pic of the lake  and moonlight up.gif

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostWed Nov 21, 2018 7:22 pm 
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Nice job planning that trip and getting those conditions. Thanks for the current report

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