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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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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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Always amazed at how that old tree stands alone up there. Oh the winds it must experience.

Why not make another attempt at Hat Mountain, and in more difficult conditions than last. Brought all the right gear this time and we made it. The crust under Brunswick to Hat Pass was of concern for both of us. Katie tried to lead, but her crampons were not doing the job. Poor girl had to follow me through that stretch and use the steps I had to forcefully stomp to get a good purchase.

From Hat Pass to Hat the crust was not reliably supportive, so it was slow going with the off/on postholing. Katie was able to do her own thing through that stretch....happy girl.

Sustained sunshine....felt amazing. 👍
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post #64 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2021, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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She is doing so well that I dare say she is pretty much done with vestibular. Head tilt is finally gone and she rarely needs my help anymore. She may stumble a bit when sneezing or shaking her head, but she's got the mountains down pat. Boulder hopping...we will have to find out in the spring. : )

Here are a few shares from some December trips up to Harvey and Alouette via the Mike Lake trailhead.
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Yau for Katie! Almost time for "14 yrs later" (we'll skip 13, it's unlucky)


Here's pic I took few days ago on a trail in McDowell Sonoran desert north of Phoenix. Although J&K are not likely to ever hike in such conditions, you might find it interesting. I thought of Katie actually when I saw it
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Yau for Katie! Almost time for "14 yrs later" (we'll skip 13, it's unlucky)


Here's pic I took few days ago on a trail in McDowell Sonoran desert north of Phoenix. Although J&K are not likely to ever hike in such conditions, you might find it interesting. I thought of Katie actually when I saw it
There was a time where she handled hiking in such temperatures rather well, actually. Neither of us did well during the 'heat dome' of last summer.
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Amazed both of you! Waiting for the next pic!
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Embracing the cold.
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Embracing the cold.

... at Mt. Beautiful or Dilly/Dally?
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... at Mt. Beautiful or Dilly/Dally?
Neither one. With the Swan Falls trail still closed it would be too much of a rush to beat the gate to go that far for us.
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So where is it then?
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So where is it then?
You have the correct area...it's just little old Spahat. No big deal.
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You have the correct area...it's just little old Spahat. No big deal.

There's Indian Arm below at one of pics so it was easy to get the area.
It is a big deal though.. this time of year short day, from memory Halvor Lunden trail is quite steep & prob. mixed conditions. Well done both
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when a CT'er wants a few smiles you login and read the John+Katie thread.

We're beaten up with Omicron right now ... pics of katie in the mountains are just what the doctor ordered
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when a CT'er wants a few smiles you login and read the John+Katie thread.

We're beaten up with Omicron right now ... pics of katie in the mountains are just what the doctor ordered
Thanks for that. She has that effect on me as well.

Sorry to hear you've bitten by covid. Thankfully I have been able to avoid it, so far.
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