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A stormy day, but great outing with my cousin.

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One sunny afternoon, my cousin Eric was visiting from Connecticut and asked to go for a snowshoe adventure. However, I was trying to recover from a long travel day, so pushed it to the next day.

Naturally, it snowed about 6" of wet, heavy snow that night. So the normal parking spot was not plowed and we had to add an extra half mile of walking down the road.

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The visibility wasn't great. That's Little Payette Lake in the background, with the road just below Eric.

The fresh snow added a wintery look to everything. And it was still coming down.

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Eric was learning how to use his GoPro, so we did lots of meta-photos as we cruised the hill. We also did a lot of catching up- it had been a couple decades since we saw each other last.

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I was surprised by the number of snowshoe tracks we encountered. Happily surprised.

But following random tracks isn't always the best way to attain your objective- except our objective was to spend time together, so it was all good. Here, I attempted to cross the ridge in an unfamiliar place. The 50-foot drop just to Eric's left made us retrace our steps.

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Also, this was a lot more snow than I had seen on this route before, covering some landmarks. But eventually we found the chute to the upper rocks. And with a snowshoe track in it!

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The upper chute had a big lump of snow that had slid off the rock earlier in the winter.

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In the chute.

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I took a crack at climbing the last bit, but the thick blanket of wet snow discouraged me. This was not the day to tag the top.

Fun nonetheless, and we consoled ourselves over a libation at McCall Brewery.

Thanks, Eric!

For comparison with a sunny day and less snow, check out the 2014 version of this outing.

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