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Doublespring Peak

June 28 2010 at 8:51 PM
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Geo  (Login George_R)

Response to snow conditions.

Like John said, it was quite pleasant compared to Altair. It almost felt like we were cheating. happy.gif We drove to about 8500' (the drive may have been the crux), cot-camped (using the newly acquired, screened, EZ-up gazebo option) under a calm and clear night, slept in until the dawn sky had a slight orange tint, climbed on mostly firm snow, enjoyed a long glissade with only one 100' horizontal interruption, and I still made it back to Caldwell in time to unload the truck, mow ½ an acre of grass, and enjoy a couple of victory beers earlier than we get back to camp on some climbs. As Jim C mentioned, the skies were unusually clear without a hint of haze, which made for awesome rubber-necking on the return drive.

Roughing it:
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Critter nursery on approach:
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John on the ridge above critters (Cayuse Canyon to lookers right):
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The view from the top:
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Endless glissadage:
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We could have glissaded almost directly off the summit, but we left that line un-blemished for the BC skiers. Better hurry.

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