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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Default Mnt Klaudt-Hemlock Valley-Overnighter with video

Hey guys
Decided to head up a less busy place and explore some more local terrain.
Mnt. Klaudt is a low elevation ridge/summit, just outside the Hemlock ski resort area.
Access is via some old logging road/snowshoe trails and then off trail to pick your favourite route. We ended up too far west of summit and bashed through some benches to gain elevation.
The new 25cm snow was not well bonded to the snow crust from just after new years and made for tiring forward gain on skis and heavy overnight packs once in the forest.
This trip was really only to get out on our gear to set up for bigger and better trips, so not gaining our initial goals was not that big of a deal. Our route was slow and tightly treed, but hey it builds character right?
If we return we have a much better idea of the lay of the land.
By 3 ish we decided to make camp and be content with just being out and enjoying our surroundings. Had some decent views of the Easy Harrison side with a good sunset.
No fire, no dead available wood at our location, so candles and glowsticks had to entertain.
The next morning we skied out, a slightly more direct route and ended up in Alder hell. This was a great post breakfast workout and really helped in plank co ordination and maintaining balance.

Once back down on the main trail, it was fine and soft enough not to have a major icy run-away with 50 pounds on my back and another 5 plus pounds of variable camera gear and electronics on my chest.
Will likely do another trip in here to find out more.

Video, I spelled Klaudt wrong- oh well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3udU2bR4sA
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Nice! How's the snow depth at the lodge? Looks like it's gonna be a bad year for Hemlock.

That picture of Urquhart is the evening light is fantastic, I've gotta check it out sometime in 2014.
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Thanks
The views were decent, I wanted to get views up higher and closer out to the valley, but sometimes ya just got to take with what you end up with.
Looking to a bigger and better outing soon.
Snow layers proved to be rather uncertain even in this region and altitude,so a bigger trip was not considered for this date.
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Hey, nice "tree skiing" Monica!!!!!
Glad to see you guys getting out

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Got all your messages, we'll work something out soon
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Your narratives/movies always crack me up! Good to see you tearing up your new hood.

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Your narratives/movies always crack me up! Good to see you tearing up your new hood.

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Ha, well most end up in some sort of lighter comedies, even if things aren't that fun.
I got a blip from Monica the other night about a certain camp video with intense winds and hail from you guys
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