Monday, January 15, 2007

Jungle Creek Road 1.15.07

I had some much loftier goals for the day, but sometimes the day will conspire against you. Today was one such day. I was on the road by 7:30 and made my way up the good roads to Snoqualmie Pass. The wind buffeted me along the way. It made for some tricky driving. The temp was a balmy 11 degrees as I made my way to the Eastern Side. The goal was for a summit of Goldwater Peak Pt 5220 and if conditions were good a ridge walk to Malcolm Mt. Right from the start I had multiple problems with equipment and the dogs were not caring for the single digit temps. It was so cold that both My Ipod and camera quit working. I was so layered up that it was quite comfortable for me. I turned off the snowmobile track to the unbroken Jungle Creek Road. I had both hoped for and expected some fast crusty snow. I was instead treated to deep powdery snow. The Beagle started lagging further and further behind. I had to stop and wait for the trooper more than a few times. My hope was that the snow would improve higher up and will the bright sunshine warm up. Neither of these things materialized for me. When the Beagle passed me and sat down in front of me I realized that he had enough. I was hoping to at least stop and enjoy my lunch is the sunshine but again the Beagle balked at stopping. Apparently he had made up his mind that we were going to return to the car.

approx 4 miles 2:20 car to car and a massive 320ft of climb

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