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Fletcher
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PostMon Nov 11, 2019 11:16 am 
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Got out with the buddies and hiked up Mount David yesterday. Dave, Reed, Jake R, and I met up early and made our way over Stevens Pass Sunday morning in a steady drizzle. The rain tapered off as we neared Coles Corner and made our way to the White River Trailhead.

We made quick work of the tight switchbacks up to the ridge at 5200 ft. Here, we began hitting intermittent snow and came across some very large and fresh cougar tracks. We switched to boots and gaiters as we lost the trail under a few feet of snow on northern aspects.
summit in sight
summit in sight
Wittier and others
Wittier and others

We had a mile or two of fairly difficult travel in post-holing conditions (sometimes knee deep) until the trail goes over a notch and returns to the southern aspects. We were on the summit soon after that.
Dave and Reed nearing the summit
Dave and Reed nearing the summit
view West with Sloan
view West with Sloan
view north
view north
summitshot
summitshot

We hung out on top for 45 minutes, then began our descent.
Dave coming down
Dave coming down
7FJ and Maude
7FJ and Maude
Dave and Reed post-holing below the summit
Dave and Reed post-holing below the summit
dirty face
dirty face

Fun hike, we made it back to the car before needing to break out the headlamps. Mount David marked my halfway point on the WA P2K List. 72/144  cool.gif
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PostMon Nov 11, 2019 2:00 pm 
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Fletcher wrote:
Dave and Reed post-holing below the summit
Dave and Reed post-holing below the summit

I had to look real hard to find your friends.

David is an interesting hike.  Was snow free both times I was up there, looks like that changes the character of it quite a bit.
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PostMon Nov 11, 2019 2:03 pm 
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Cool. I'm loosely working on that list too. Lots of variety there.
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PostMon Nov 11, 2019 5:37 pm 
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Dis the road get fixed or does it still dead end at the Christian camp?
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PostMon Nov 11, 2019 5:41 pm 
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kbatku wrote:
Dis the road get fixed or does it still dead end at the Christian camp?

Was there recent road damage?  I drove to the TH back in July.
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PostMon Nov 11, 2019 5:47 pm 
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Road is in great shape all the way to the TH. Major kudos to Dave, who did this the day after running a marathon!

Nearing the ridge
Nearing the ridge
Near snowline
Near snowline
Fletcher breaking trail
Fletcher breaking trail
Lost the trail near here
Lost the trail near here
Final bit
Final bit
Fletcher and Reed on top
Fletcher and Reed on top
Our tracks down there somewhere
Our tracks down there somewhere
Sloan
Sloan
Reed
Reed
Reed
Reed
Heading down with Whittier
Heading down with Whittier
Dirtyface and Lake Wenatchee
Dirtyface and Lake Wenatchee
Reed and Dave
Reed and Dave
Fletcher and Reed postholing
Fletcher and Reed postholing
Dave postholing
Dave postholing
Luahna, Clark, Buck, Seven Fingered Jack, Maude
Luahna, Clark, Buck, Seven Fingered Jack, Maude
Postholing our way out with Chiwaukums and Stuart beyond.
Postholing our way out with Chiwaukums and Stuart beyond.
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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 10:43 am 
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Nice photos, both of you. I recognize many of the photo locations, but not the summit, because I chickened out right about where Fletcherís third picture was taken. (Dave and Reed nearing the summit.) I never should have looked down that gully. eek.gif
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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 11:30 am 
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I enjoyed this hike/scramble (kinda between the two?) although it was summer... the day when my party rescued and evacuated solo hiker in anaphylaxis from the lower reaches of the trail. Luckily he was in good enough condition to hike out after we gave him benadryl and a shot of epi, drove him to the lake wenatchee fire station and called 911. They were there to help in under 2 minutes!

We returned and started the hike late, sunset on the ridge was quite beautiful <3 It looks very different in the snow! There are enough steep drop offs to make it exciting!
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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 12:10 pm 
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That was one very lucky hiker that you helped! I always carry Benadryl, but never thought about bringing epi. Good for you and your party for being so well-prepared!
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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 3:04 pm 
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Do I see a hyperlite backpack in there? I've been considering buying one! Any comments on it? cool.gif
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PostTue Nov 12, 2019 3:44 pm 
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Yeah, I can comment on it. Iíve been using it as my primary pack for pretty much every trip Iíve done for the past 2 years. Itís mostly great. I managed to rip a hole in it on its first ever trip. Judging by how pricey it was and the durability concerns, I tried to return it to 2nd Ascent, but they wouldnít let me return it because I was only a few days beyond their 6 week return policy (or whatever it was). That really pissed me off and I havenít given 2nd Ascent a penny of my money since /rant. So I was stuck with the thing and itís actually held up surprisingly well since then.

Itís the comfiest pack Iíve ever owned, I love the way it almost feels like itís an extension of my body. It hauls gear great. The only thing that I find lacking with it is the lack of a separate, smaller zipper pocket for some key items like keys, my phone, headlamp, etc etc. But I get that thatís part of the deal, itís minimalist.
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PostWed Nov 13, 2019 7:09 pm 
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Mount David marked my halfway point on the WA P2K List. 72/144 

Congratulations! 72 down, only 72 to go   wink.gif  up.gif  up.gif
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PostFri Nov 15, 2019 8:26 pm 
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Fun trip, even more special in this season. I have  camped in fall ( but earlier)  on the flat slab where the lookout was, the second time with my brother David. Memorable  time.
Bluebird, you are to be commended for your party's care for a fellow hiker in need.  up.gif

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostSat Nov 16, 2019 5:41 am 
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Ambitious hike for this late in the year. I only did David one time and it was also November, November 14, 1986. I remember the date because it was the latest I've ever seen the Cascades entirely snow free. It was very surprising. Great vistas from that peak.
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PostSat Nov 16, 2019 6:42 am 
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Nancyann:  A prescription is required to purchase epinephrine or an EpiPen. EpiPen is an epinephrine auto-injector.  Years ago I went into Bartell Drugs in Seattle to get an EpiPen for my first aid kit and was told I had to have a prescription.
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