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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Default A Laughington Loop : )

Nov. 9, 2012

Intent on making this one into a loop, we decided to travel the upper Airlane Creek FSR and hit up the true summit of Laughinton first, and then join up with the south ridge at some point on the way back.


More nose action video. Nose to the ground this time. : )

http://youtu.be/vQgLnXzF2io



We have done the true summit once before, but that was under a lot of snow. Some trouble recognizing where we decided to cut off of upper Airplane last time, so we just picked a new spot and zig zagged our way up. Steep, but not terribly bushy. In and out of the trees, so every once in awhile we could get our bearings on where we were. Light dusting of dry snow made things a little slippery.


That is the end of the south ridge up above, and where we made it to last week. Saw a fairly mellow brown bear right about here. : )




Last bit of steep stuff to the true summit. I found it easier in snowshoes, rather than this light dusting over loose scree and ice. : )




Looking down...




...looking north...




...and looking south. : )




Chilly winds on the summit, so we continued on our way without a break. To head back, we just skirted along the south ridge and then headed for the little knoll just up and left of center in this picture. Not a lot of sun on this side, but easy travel, and I think I prefer this way, rather than up on the south ridge. : )




Down in the meadows was quite wet, but mostly frozen. The first picture is looking back at the south ridge. Second is looking towards the Baby Munday area peaks, which stayed obscured by the high clouds all day.




Will make a great snowshoe trip this winter, but lower down in the meadows. : )



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That is a nice looking hike, John!
How long did it take?
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That is a nice looking hike, John!
How long did it take?
Thanks MR. : ) From the Foley FSR, 3:20 to summit, 7:00 car to car.
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Nice one done, John. Really like your shots and your loop.

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What time after your hike were you driving along Chwk Lake Rd.? My friend and I were jogging and I thought I recognized your car?!

Awesome looking hike. I have to get up there again!
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After reading your last couple reports, I'm starting to think my trip up there wasn't the true summit. Will have to look into that. Envious of the sun you got today, there wasn't much further to the East.
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Very nice, John & Katie! Nice to see the summit without all the snow. A timely picture of Mr. Laughington's cross!
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Nice job you two. Laughington is great any time of year.
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Nice job you two. Laughington is great any time of year.
That's a very serious, not to say solemn, statement.
It's called Laughington for a reason, remember?
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A lovely trip John. I always appreciate your reports!
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