Not so Snowy Snowy
Submitted By Michael Virdone
The Mountains & Stats
People On The Trip
Needed something to do to keep the cobwebs off the legs. Snowy was perfect because we were able to drive there/back easily in a day.|
Lower elevations had a dusting of snow, but nothing of any real concern. Once it got steep there was some snow/ice/slush, but this was easily taken care of by microspikes (there was 1 challenging ice bulge right before the viewpoint).
Views from the top were great, with us getting views of numerous fire towers (wakely, blue, pillsbury) along with amazing views of the high peaks (from a unique angle).
We made spectacular time throughout the course of the day (5 hours car to car, with some bonus bushwhacking, lots of summit time, and me screwing around with the GPS). Went back to normal winter boots (instead of mountaineering boots) and it was much easier than I remembered. Also experimented with using an alpine pack (marmot 36 liter) instead of my small backpacking pack (atmos 50). I liked the alpine pack because it was better balanced.
The Good and The Bad
Getting cold and having to haul on the way down to keep warm
|Boring, went to mountain meadows twice for breakfast/dinner (also got homemade donuts)|