Craig Wisner

Mt. Baden-Powell

Breaking trail in fresh snow from Dawson Saddle to the summit with my good ol’ buddy Sr. Lopez.  ~10 miles and 2500′ of gain, the “run” took a slightly unexpected turn and became a 6 hour postholing fest.  A little gear testing was done, namely NRS Hydroskins as snow socks.  I wore some lightweight Smartwool liners underneath and did relatively well given the time out there.  A great day in the mountains.

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3 responses

  1. Were spikes really necessary? Looks like they caused a lot of balling.

    HJ

    December 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    • The snow was weird. There were huge areas that were sugar on top, but frozen solid and slippery 6 inches below. So the top layer would ball, but then you’d be slipping…We were lucky the balling didn’t get that bad throughout the whole hike, only in sections. Had to settle for spikes and stopping to kick rocks and trees to get the snow off.
      I would’ve loved a pair of short racing snowshoes for this trip; mine are too big.

      December 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

      • Yipes. Nearly the worst conditions: ice under seemingly “friendly” fresh snow.

        Still a beautiful day. Thanks for the post.

        HJ

        December 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

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