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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-18-2016, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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We got stopped at the boulder-field crossing. I was doing okay, but the one with four little feet was really struggling to get anywhere through that stretch. Lots of snow, but it's all fresh powder and that stuff just doesn't keep you out of the holes hiding in between. Would have been even more difficult/dangerous on the way down, so we bailed.

Snow-line around 850m. You'll want snowshoes above 1100m. Freezing level is supposed to be on the rise, so this update will likely be out-of-date the moment I click 'submit new thread'. : )
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LOL at this one! Did she fall asleep?
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That is the tracker, tracking. She just loves fresh bunny tracks in the snow. : )
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Had I known I would have waved at you from Mount Nutt. Was up there with two friends. A good 6 inches or more of snow at the top and there is more coming tonight. We did not have snow shoes either, just trudged on through. My legs are tired now though.

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Had I known I would have waved at you from Mount Nutt. Was up there with two friends. A good 6 inches or more of snow at the top and there is more coming tonight. We did not have snow shoes either, just trudged on through. My legs are tired now though.
Nutt is a great one in snow, but I don't think you hit the summit if you only noticed 6 inches or more. We had 30-40cm at the boulder-field we turned around at, and that is around 1150m in elevation. Nutt summit is around 1250m.
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Yes, we stopped before the summit, I don't think we were that far from it but the legs had had enough. First time up there. The camera put us at 1105 meters

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I feel for Katie on this one... she has so much enthusiasm and energy, but held back by short legs in the deep powder. Imagine if she had longer legs or bigger paws - unstoppable! Good call on bailing - that boulder field turned me around once in similar snow conditions and thick fog/cloud.
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Also couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the pup toppled over in the snow

Nice shots. I absolutely love fresh, snow covered trees!
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Thanks for the conditions update. I'm heading that way tomorrow. My partner doesn't have snowshoes, so I think I'll pick something low elevation.

Some good snowy pictures in there. Makes me stoked to get on my skis next week!!

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Nice one John; I know that boulder field.... and is indeed a tricky place to navigate if you and/or Katie will break through and fall into those cracks and crevices..

I am also stoked over the pictures; great shots ...

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Yes, we stopped before the summit, I don't think we were that far from it but the legs had had enough. First time up there. The camera put us at 1105 meters
To hit the true summit of Nutt, keep in mind that there are two bumps to go up after dropping off the trail-end viewpoint trail. Some steep up and down that also must be done on the way back. As of last year, there was no trail or markers through that stretch. Would be a long day in these current conditions.



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Also couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the pup toppled over in the snow

Nice shots. I absolutely love fresh, snow covered trees!
I guess I don't see it because I was there, but she isn't toppled over. She's just in deep side-hill snow trying to stretch out her nose (instead of trying another step) to sniff some bunny tracks.

Thanks for all that you are doing here recently. Good to see someone from VS showing an interest/taking part in the site. I was beginning to think you guys were hoping the site would just go away. I like the larger thumbnails.

Thanks everyone. : )
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Does Katie get cold in the snow? Is there anything you add to her paws?

I take my dog on lots of hikes, but don't have much experience taking her through the snow for long periods of time (concerned about her getting cold).
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Does Katie get cold in the snow? Is there anything you add to her paws?

I take my dog on lots of hikes, but don't have much experience taking her through the snow for long periods of time (concerned about her getting cold).
Katie is a single coat breed mix (Beagle/Walker Coonhound), so she is not built for winter travel. It's not her favourite season to be hiking either. Her secret to staying warm is to keep moving. Ask anyone who has stopped to chat with us on a winter-like hike just how quickly she starts to shiver. If we do stop for lunch, she has me bring along a fleece blanket and orders me to put that down for her. If that is not enough, she also has me carrying two jackets for her. One is insulated for warmth, the other is a rain jacket. She usually keeps the insulated one on after lunch until she warms up from moving again. She hates the jackets, but doesn't appreciate how they are helping her. : )

As for her paws, I do not put anything on them. Again, as long as we keep moving, she is just fine. If it is really cold and we do stop for lunch, she does complain about cold feet in the snow once we get going again, but after a few minutes of moving she is fine.

If you have a long-haired breed, you have to watch for snow balling up in their underside and paws. Katie doesn't have that problem.
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