Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Denny Creek 4.6.05

I was quite curious on how much snow had fallen recently, so I decided to try a trail that I knew would be well broken. I was hoping to make it to at least Hemlock Pass and maybe to Low Mt. if conditions allowed. The weather was much nicer than what I expected, and became quite warm on the open areas of the trail. This sun softened snow was quite slow going in long stretches. In the shelter of the trees the snow was quite firm and went much quicker. The bridge crossing Denny Creek at 3600ft was covered with snow. I made a vain attempt at crossing it with snowshoes, slipping off with one foot on either side. Lucky for me a Man's reaction time can be quite quick when saving one's family jewels. After dismounting and crawling up the other side I had a good laugh. I now broke out into another open area that few had gone before me, I decided that I'd rather try and catch the evening bite rather than wallow the last half mile to the pass. I was quite amazed at the amount of snow it will be months before it is all melted. Just another great day in the mountains!

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