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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 9:33 am 
Matt Lemke and the Lewis brothers joined us yesterday for our climb of Reynolds Peak. Snow started along Reynolds Creek around 4200 feet. Half of us used crampons on the icy snow in the forest.
first view of the peaks
first view of the peaks
Michael rodeo style
Michael rodeo style
We made two log crossings and then came to the basin below parallel gullies. We climbed the right gully. For some reason Matt and Josh had decided not to bring snowshoes, but the rest of us wore them.
two gullies
two gullies
Reynolds above
Reynolds above
upper basin
upper basin
summit block ahead
summit block ahead
steep snow
steep snow
At the top of the gully we came to an upper basin below Camels Hump. We turned right and ascended steep snow until we crested the south ridge, near the summit block.
scree/mud
scree/mud
class 3
class 3
exposed scrambling
exposed scrambling
transition area
transition area
Josh and Matt on the summit
Josh and Matt on the summit
On the summit block we encountered steep loose scree/mud, and then above that more steep snow. Matt beat us all to the summit by at least 20 minutes. The rock was exposed class 3 with potential 4 moves. There were a few sketchy areas where we had to transition back and forth between very steep snow and rock.
Josh, Matt and Heather
Josh, Matt and Heather
Flora and Tupshin
Flora and Tupshin
The Needles and Big Kangaroo
The Needles and Big Kangaroo
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register
summit weirdo
summit weirdo
Heather scrambling
Heather scrambling
Josh scrambling
Josh scrambling
Matt on the south ridge
Matt on the south ridge
descending
descending
snow angel
snow angel
glissading
glissading
exposed log crossing
exposed log crossing
During the descent we made several long glissades which were perfect in the soft top layer.

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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 9:45 am 
up.gif Good one !

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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 9:52 am 
not much snow there... looks like a fine outing

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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 9:56 am 
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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 11:02 am 
Sweet. I've tried to make it to Reynolds twice and was shut out by fire both times. Spring looks like the way to go.

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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 12:16 pm 
Thanks for taking us gimpilator. Aside from knee pain the climb was really cool. The scramble was a little icy but the views were killer. It was a real fun glissade on the descent too. Matt Lemke took us home.
Sunrise through the trees.
Sunrise through the trees.
Josh fell in a snow hole. I helped him out afterwards
Josh fell in a snow hole. I helped him out afterwards
burn area
burn area
meadow near the Reynolds creek crossing
meadow near the Reynolds creek crossing
Looking up at our route
Looking up at our route
Into the second basin. Knee pain almost turned me back here
Into the second basin. Knee pain almost turned me back here
Reynolds summit scramble
Reynolds summit scramble
Looking towards the Oval Courtney Star group
Looking towards the Oval Courtney Star group
Adam and Heather snowshoe towards the ridge
Adam and Heather snowshoe towards the ridge
Matt approaching the summit
Matt approaching the summit
My route variation. I was way behind the others and ended up on 4th class rocks
My route variation. I was way behind the others and ended up on 4th class rocks
looking down the route I chose
looking down the route I chose
Josh on Reynolds summit
Josh on Reynolds summit
Matt Lemke on Reynolds with Reynolds Wrap
Matt Lemke on Reynolds with Reynolds Wrap
Me and Josh on Reynolds summit
Me and Josh on Reynolds summit
Matt, Heather and Josh at the gear stash
Matt, Heather and Josh at the gear stash
looking west through the hole
looking west through the hole
Back in the basin
Back in the basin
Driving home
Driving home
After hike Denny's
After hike Denny's
I'd like to add that the pic of Tupshin is gnarly

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PostThu Apr 30, 2015 8:01 pm 
It was a great first snowshoe adventure! Thanks for humoring my need to do a Bulger stat!

"Our way is not soft grass. It's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun." -Ruth Westheimer
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