Jan. 2nd, 2013

NY hike

Jan. 2nd, 2013 12:11 am
canyonwren: (coffee)
Making an utter liar of myself --just two days ago, I said I wasn't going to hike Mailbox again anytime soon-- I got up this morning in the mood for a punishing hike.

It was brutal. Holy crap. I'll post an actual trip report later, but got up to Mailbox today through steep, sheer snow-covered mountainsides and scree cliffs. I used microspikes for half the hike, then switched to snowshoes for the scree fields. They're so steep when snow-covered that I had passed by nervousness into actual fear while descending. I also didn't make it back before sunset, so spent the last half-hour navigating the hard-to-see trail via headlamp. I didn't think this would be a problem in advance, but the reflective diamonds are missing on the lower portion of the hike. I had to backtrack once when I lost the trail.

This was SO not easy. I'm going to be sore for a couple of days.

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