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A Peak with a View: ** Hex Peak or Diamond Head or alike

Waitlist, I'll draw you in

Weather Permitting! CAR CONTRIBUTIONS: 50c/mile

Bring Snowshoes, we will determine at the Trailhead if we need them!!!

I will be slow, so don't expect a race, haven't hiked for a while!

http://www.meetup.com/ePeaks/pages/ROUTES%3A_CLE_ELUM_and_BLEWETT_PASS/

If you ware willing to drive (in snow if needed) and have a 4x4 (for some trailheads)

Waitlist, I'll pull you in if you fit for the team and mountain:

Need a couple of experienced scramblers and trailbreakers, and 1-2 strong beginners are ok too, but you have to have the equipment, or ask Val for extras.

Weather:(Right Click, open new Tab or Window)

http://www.epeaks.com/epeaks/weather.htm

NOTE-1: You need to stay together, as a team or not go with us! Turning around only splits the group, usually not a good idea. Trips last sometimes 13+ hours! We don't hurry, have lunch, take care of each other and play it calm and safe.

NOTE-2: Val doesn't have a set turn-around time. If we are close to the summit, and everybody is up for it, we go on, even if we have to come down in the dark with headlamps. I have good navigational skills and find my way back off trail even if we come back on a different route, and in the dark as well. And... should it really happen, we are equipped (right? Warm stuff...!) for a bivi as well. IF this bothers you, DO NOT GO on an advanced trip.

NOTE-3: Got to have Alpine Scrambling Equipment: 2 prusik cords, 1 locking carabiner, ice-axe, besides ski-poles, warm cloth, rain gear, water tight shoes, dry socks, ziplockbags etc.. After a rainstorm, you need to be able to put an dry cloth and continue... We will carry a rope just in case, but do not regularily use it. However, if you feel unsafe, ASK FOR BEING ROPED UP! Regardless, if Val ropes up, you will also have to rope up. If you don't like this, don't go!

NOTE-4: Winter hikes and snowshoes often deal with unforecasted conditions. Have equipment with you do deal with it!

NOTE-5: Don't just text, CALL people if your RSVP changes on short notice, of if you are late.

Val

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, anyone finding a bright blue rain jacket hanging around? Mine seems to have run amok.

    December 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time and was so happy to meet you all! Thanks for the fun memories!

    December 27, 2012

  • KiWa

    First snowshoe for this winter. Enjoyed every bit of it ! I returned the long one and will be getting short one soon. Thlanks Val for this fun trip !

    December 19, 2012

  • Cathy

    A great trip all around with happy turtles. My very first pass closure experience! Will be adding 12th essential - some sort of game in case ....

    December 18, 2012

  • Connie

    This is my first time came down in the dark with a headlamp and I found that exciting! It was a fun and beautiful trip with very entertaining company. I enjoyed it very much, especially with that steep ascent! Thanks Val for organizing it!

    December 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like Snoqualmie many,many moons ago.

      December 17, 2012

    • Cathy

      Wait till a full moon. 32+ hours does have its appeal :-)

      December 18, 2012

  • Aimee

    Thanks everyone for making my very first Meetup experience a true adventure. It occurred to me that due to the crazy weather events I got to ride with all the different caravans -that was really fun. It was a challenging hike for me, but a great experience and I learned so much. Looking forward to next time.

    December 18, 2012

  • Dave W.

    Even with the pass closure, that just adds to the adventure!

    December 18, 2012

  • Val

    As a Safety Follow Up, here are a couple observation:

    1:) Soft Shoes and SnowShoeBinding are problematic, can cause cold feet, suggest stiffer winter mountainiering boots.... 2:) Everybody should have 2x 18ft 5mm Prusic Cords & 1 Looking Carabiner, 1 ice-axe, headlamp, Spare batteries etc. Fully zipped rain pants are really useful! In a snow storm, taking off your shoes isn't fun and time consuming. Water-bags with un-insulated pipes won't work in thw winter. Bottles are more useful and can be warmed up easier.... 3:) As we push weather and time, overnight survival gear (Extra warm cloth) is mandatory as well. Use-able back-packs to carry all your gear, snow-shoes and ice-axes in a save manner! 4: The good things of this trip was that everybody played nice, we made it together to the top, which is always my goal. Fun Trip!

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • Val

    Great outing and loop hike, offering a steep ascent, route finding on the loop trail and night hike out with headlamps... followed by BBQ Ribs and Snoqualmie Pass being closed to prevent our return... What could be better for an adventure?

    December 17, 2012

  • Val

    Sno-Park Permit may be required, depending where we go. Anybody having one, bring it...but it is car specific I think.

    December 15, 2012

  • Val

    Equipment got to include Spare Gloves, Plastic Bags and extra socks for your feet, Rain pants, preferably with full zippers, rain jacket.... snow shoes, poles for snow.. etc.... Face masks and googles are nice additions. read the notes above.

    December 14, 2012

  • Val

    We got 12 people.. the maximum....so be sure you want to go, or sign off and let someone else on the waitlist in

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this weekend-- my first meet ups with this group!! I'm in Ballard and won't have a car till January - is anyone driving by the Park and Rides along I-5 that may be able to pick me up? I'll follow the group's gas money norms of course. :) Thanks!!

    December 10, 2012

    • Tamara

      I'm coming from that area if you want to send me an email to coordinate.

      December 12, 2012

  • Aimee

    I would like to ride with someone if not too inconvenient. I live in First Hill neighborhood, very close to both I-90 and I-5. I will of course help with gas $$.

    December 10, 2012

    • Ma W.

      I may be able to pick you up, you can send me your address.

      December 10, 2012

  • Eva W.

    Darn I really want to do Hex, but I don't think this day will work. I hope you offer it again!

    November 26, 2012

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