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post #61 of (permalink) Old 11-14-2021, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Being nosey, as usual. 🐾

Made it to the 1750m bump along Williams Ridge yesterday. Some old boot/snowshoe tracks under the fresh snow saved us having to search for the trail. Up to 1550m, anyway. From there we couldn't make them out any longer and I finally put the snowshoes on.

Not much snow up there compared to our recent hikes up to Lindsay Lake and Alouette Mtn., so travel was fairly quick and easy. Above 1600 and out of tree protection we were hitting rock underneath the fresh 30cm.

Weather was fantastic. No precipitation on ascent. No meltwater dripping from the trees, no wind whatsoever, and comfortable temperatures. We could see the weather system hot on our tails coming from the west and it did start snowing lightly as we topped out. Welch and Foley disappeared. Considered moving on to the next bump in the ridge, but decided against it with the changing weather.

Snowfall changed to light rain around 900m. The deluge started just as we pulled out of the trailhead.

As usual, we had the place to ourselves. 😁
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post #62 of (permalink) Old 11-22-2021, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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The north peak (and true summit) of Mt. Nutt in G. Ears Park on saturday.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the winter hours are 7am to 7pm this winter. No rushing to beat the gate anymore.

Fresh snow in the trees around 800m. Walking in it full time around 900m.
Left the ridge trail just before the Instagram "Mt. Nutt" and started the bushy descent towards the south peak. Too early to be there. Bush was still fully exposed. It was all coated in the fresh snow too, but I'll take that over rain saturation any day.
Wide rimmed wool hat came in handy here, keeping the snow from going down the back of my neck. Put the rain jacket on too.
Flagged sparingly to the south peak, but no distinguishable trail.

Once on the south peak, the true test began. The route from here to the north peak is still not marked and no trail. Steep and rough. Very bushy. Routefinding. We've done this so many times throughout the seasons and still have to check the GPS often.

Put the crampons on for the final ascent of the north peak (they stayed on until back to the ridge trail). Fresh snow maxed out at roughly 20cm. Snowshoes never went on throughout.

Weather was fantastic. Light flurries on occasion in the morning. No wind whatsoever. Comfortable temperatures. No drip zone in the morning, but in the afternoon there was a brief zone around 800m.

How did Katie do....she done good. Really good. 🐾😍
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