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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2014, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Default First snowshoe...no summit : (

December 7, 2014

Patches of black-ice along Hwy. #3 this morning, so we didn't get going until 8:30. Snowshoes right from the highway. Old tracks to follow all the way...probably from last weekend. About 15 cms of new snow covering the tracks. Even some big cat tracks from overnight to keep things interesting. : )

I'm in poor snowshoe shape, so I was struggling. In combination with the late start, we fell short of the summit by 2.75 kms. The picture of Katie snoozing is where we stopped. True peak hidden behind the sub-peak visible. We have sat on the summit before, so I couldn't muster up the motivation to keep going through the most difficult stretch. : (

On the way down we crossed paths with some CT skiers on their way up. I imagine to catch the sunset. : )

Pleasant temperatures and no wind to speak of...a fantastic day. : )


Edit to add full pics...and where it was we went. : )

Tracking big kitty tracks.





Approaching Mt. Kelly.




Offering her a piece.




Travelling the ridge to Nordheim Peak (off in the distance just left of center in first pic).






Our stopping point. Nordheim hidden behind it's sub-peak on the right of pic. About another hour away.




Heading back.





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Where did you go snowshoeing?
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Frank says thanks for the sardines , must have just missed you in Lions Bay
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Somewhere where you can go snowshoeing.

“Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.” - Robert Frost

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It crossed my mind to head up that trail today, but we went somewhere not as interesting. Is it me, or is that area becoming a little more popular?
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Looks fantastic John. You are definitely spoiling that dog; just look at the nest you made for her!

I couldn't go anywhere; got inflamed nerve and this horrible pain running down my right leg, can barely move from bed to bathroom. Envy you on a great day!
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Where did you go snowshoeing?
You'll get used to JnK's reports-- he doesn't bother saying where he goes, but wants everyone to know he went.
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Great to see you up there John. You should give yourself credit for summiting Mt. Kelly - even if you didn't go as far along the ridge as planned.

It would be great if the Park could run up that trail with a chainsaw next fall. It's a good little spot when avy danger is higher and sometimes the snow stays better when the coast gets wet. All the logs across the trail are annoying. I wonder if they would mind if someone took it into their own hands.

The skiing up high was good. The road was challenging with marginal coverage and the breakable crust at the bottom (seemed like they got freezing rain) was very difficult. The sunset was great.
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Colin, here is a more descriptive report of the area.
https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...b-10-13-a.html
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You'll get used to JnK's reports-- he doesn't bother saying where he goes, but wants everyone to know he went.
With some of the off-leash dog haters on here talking guns and beef laced with strychnine recently, I have no problems not saying where it is we are going and where we like to hang out. It's not like I am keeping it a big secret, or do it too often, anyway.
The majority of the trips we do are already well documented on CT. For the most part, I just enjoy sharing the pictures. Anyway, I think it would be kind of fun trying to figure out where we went, and I bet some do.


MarkT2008: Relieved to hear that was your truck...seemed to have dog-truck written all over it. We bailed early on Harvey because of the rain. At 800m it was still 7 degrees, so we figured it was going to be rain all the way up. Didn't see any sign of your tracks, so I'm guessing you headed up to Hat?

Elkaholic: Those old tracks had me thinking "who the heck goes up here and further than Mt. Kelly to boot?". I thought maybe you took your daughter up there. Tracks seemed to end where we did.

Zeljkok: Funny you mention the nest. Me stomping around in a circle makes Katie nervous...that's some strange body language to her. : )
I feel your back pain...I get those when I go to bed, but are gone by morning.

Steventy: Mt. Kelly doesn't feel like a summit when our goal was the ridge end. Oh, and thanks for cutting those branches on that large blow-down along the road. I didn't have to get down on my hands and knees to get under. : )

Thanks guys, much appreciated. : )
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Me and Frank made summit, so could not catch up on the way down, would have been nice to see Katie , maybe next time, Was a complete white out up there , 1/2 rain and snow , blowing sideways
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You'll get used to JnK's reports-- he doesn't bother saying where he goes, but wants everyone to know he went.



Well put!
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JNK have specific style & it has become CT trademark. On surface it seems 'why is this guy constantly posting bunch of photos of his dog", but after awhile you learn to appreciate good conditions update and photos taken at strategic points. It is just different style than say Simonc TRs that read like a guidebook, but not less valuable.
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Fine set of pictures from Kelly Peak & Ridge Area. Been up there twice but with partial views due to falling snow and/or blizzard.

You got some nice views, and a great picture of Katie.

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Not mentioning a location bugs me to. Like I have time to guess and/or research something that makes no sense to me.
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