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Jake Robinson
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PostSun Feb 02, 2020 8:31 pm 
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Today we enjoyed a sunny snowshoe trip to Johnson and Malcolm Mountains in the Teanaway.

The route we selected involved a 4.25 mile road walk on Jungle Creek Road, from the Twentynine Pines CG to the notch between Teanaway Butte and Johnson Peak. From there we followed ridges up and over Johnson to Malcolm. Travel conditions were marginal; breakable crust for the majority of the road portion, firm snow most of the way between Johnson and Malcolm (crampons and ice axes useful), and deep trailbreaking through wind drifted powder on the final ridge to Malcolm. This trip reaffirmed my hatred for snowshoes, especially in the ankle-destroying breakable crust, but it was a great day nonetheless.

We felt this route was scenic and fairly well-protected from avalanche risk. It is a long day though, about 16 miles and 4200' gain round-trip with all the ups and downs, but well worth it for the views.

Walking the road
Walking the road
Snowshoeing up the ridge to Johnson
Snowshoeing up the ridge to Johnson
Way Creek Trail
Way Creek Trail
Up through the burned area, views opening up
Up through the burned area, views opening up
Stuart and friends
Stuart and friends
Cramponing to Johnson summit
Cramponing to Johnson summit
Departing Johnson
Departing Johnson
On the ridge now
On the ridge now
Sidehilling in crampons
Sidehilling in crampons
Cramponing up to Malcolm
Cramponing up to Malcolm
Stuart, Sherpa, Argonaut, Iron, etc from Malcolm
Stuart, Sherpa, Argonaut, Iron, etc from Malcolm
Hawkins on the left - looked like snowmobile tracks going very near the summit
Hawkins on the left - looked like snowmobile tracks going very near the summit
Malcolm summit
Malcolm summit
Heading back
Heading back
Checking out Stuart on the way back
Checking out Stuart on the way back
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PostSun Feb 02, 2020 9:52 pm 
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Great work.  Looks beautiful and cold.  A 4.5 mile road walk in snowshoes just to get started is showing some dedication this time of year.  ~z
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 10:47 am 
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Great views, Jake. Thanks for posting.

If the title was "Johnson, Malcolm, and Robinson" we might think we were reading about a law firm.  hmmm.gif

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 11:37 am 
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Great trip idea for winter! Wow!
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 2:07 pm 
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My feet aren't too happy about the 16 miles in mountaineering boots but it was a great trip. Plus, now I'm up to 18/20 on that bizarro Mountaineers Teanaway 20 list (which includes some peaks that IMO aren't in the teanaways and does not include some that are).

exciting cliff with cornice on the Johnson summit (odd photo, sorry)
exciting cliff with cornice on the Johnson summit (odd photo, sorry)
Malcolm Summit view
Malcolm Summit view
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 5:58 pm 
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Bluebird wrote:
My feet aren't too happy about the 16 miles in mountaineering boots but it was a great trip. Plus, now I'm up to 18/20 on that bizarro Mountaineers Teanaway 20 list (which includes some peaks that IMO aren't in the teanaways and does not include some that are).

Are you complaining about Thorp and Baldy?
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 7:39 pm 
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kitya wrote:
Are you complaining about Thorp and Baldy?

yes, yes i am.
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 7:41 pm 
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Bluebird wrote:
yes, yes i am.

ha-ha. you are right, but good news is that they are close by and also really easy smile.gif
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PostMon Feb 03, 2020 9:07 pm 
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kitya wrote:
ha-ha. you are right, but good news is that they are close by and also really easy smile.gif

yep, already been. multiple times each 😂
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