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Awesome!!

That is totally hard core Evan! 

It would be cool if this snow and the snow coming this week makes an 
actual 'base' and stays. Fingers crossed!!

I am soooooo psyched!

-Sharon

On Sun, 23 Oct 2005 14:28:01 -0400, Evan Osler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Day 1.
>
>A seasonal transition from the rainy Champlain Valley to the cozy
>confines of Stark Mountain.
>
>http://64.202.163.107/eosler/mrg102305/DSCF0015.jpg
>http://64.202.163.107/eosler/mrg102305/DSCF0029.jpg
>http://64.202.163.107/eosler/mrg102305/DSCF0020.jpg
>
>With 2" of soggy snow on the ground, I set off for upper reaches. The
>intention was to take the usual skin track on the hiking trail up past
>Waterfall, but it was completely bare and so I stayed on the grass
>besides the work road. Sticky snow. Legs slowly waking up.
>
>http://64.202.163.107/eosler/mrg102305/DSCF0021.jpg
>
>Up Porcupine as the snow slowly deepened. At MidStation, it began to
>feel like winter. No more remains of foliage, just a mid-Autumn
>snowfall interrupting stick season.
>
>Ascending Antelope, the snow consistency gradually changed. It was a
>bit drier, and had accumulated perhaps 5" in spots. The only windswept
>section of the day was the traverse from the top of Antelope over to
>Starks Nest.
>
>First dibs on Antelope. Patches of edgeable, smooth snow on the
>perfect early season pitch. Turns were at times interrupted by the odd
>bump of a rock or tuft of grass, but nothing not to expect on October
>23.
>
>Crossing down Broadway, the hordes of folk absent first thing in the
>morning were bootpacking, skinning, snowshoeing, and sweating their
>way upward.
>
>Porcupine had the best continuous turns of the day, with a mostly
>predictable grass undersurface and snow so wet it barely sent me
>through anyway. Nonstop down to the work road, which was
>understandably dicier.
>
>My original plan was to preserve sanity and downhike from the
>Waterfall, but it became apparent that the inch or two of white grass
>I was gripping would continue to hold to the base. A few final
>parallels sent me to a jubilantly sledding youth and his father, the
>latter wearing green wool pants that seemed vaguely familiar.
>
>One final glance up,
>
>http://64.202.163.107/eosler/mrg102305/DSCF0026.jpg
>
>and I left the green plaid sledders to enjoy their hill.
>
>-Evan
>
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