The Washington Cascades didn't have a winter in 2014-2015 (warmest Dec. and Feb. on record). This was February 2015, conditions more like June (no exaggeration). It's about 6 miles to the little peak at left in this photo, with 4600' of gain. The first mile was bare trail (usually it would be many feet of snow, and I wouldn't even be able to drive to the trailhead). We'll snowshoe to that little snowy notch (Surprise Gap), then walk left up the ridge crest:…
We once quickly returned 2 lost pointers because the owner's cell phone# was on the collars. Test your microchip when you visit the vet -- Gwynnie's gave no signal!
chillybuddy cooling vest keep in plastic bag, so you can add water to wet it (crtitical; much of the cooling is evaporative). They wilt in sun above treeline and this thing really does help. Size Medium with a Small girth strap.
She has climbed 7 mountains this year, and we failed on an 8th. She gets to go more often lately because Al is recuperating from last September's injury. She's maybe a bit slower than she used to be, but I don't have to wait for her unless it's icy or really steep. She gets the occasional "corgi toss"…Continue