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A spectacular hike to spectacular fishing.

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"Yeah, we're going up there."

Layer up; it's 23°. Amid various grumblings and sleepy resignation, we were off. Straight into the bushwack snarl. What a way to start.

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But that doesn't last long, and before we even got into the sunshine there were gasps and exclamations about the views.

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And finally, sunshine. Warm, SUNNY sunshine. At least where we were....

Time to strip a layer.

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I think it took about two and a half hours to the saddle at the top of the gully. 2500' gain including snow over boulders. So all-and-all, that's making pretty good time.

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Ruby has a new friend.

Rich McChrystal photo

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Hum 3 from the saddle.

Looks a little different from when we climbed it back in 2015.

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Now in about 6" of snow, we bushwacked around the corner and down to the lake. Wow.

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Rich was stoked! Trailhead
Pam was right behind. Trailhead

And then we were all down at the lakeside. Not a lot of room, but enough for a sunny lunch on a dry rock, then fishin'.

Spectacular fishing. On his first four casts, Dave caught four fish. It was like that for each of us. Mostly 10-12", both rainbows and cutties.

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Rich and the fish

Pam McChrystal photo

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Dave and the fish

Pam McChrystal photo

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After all that climbing to get up here, Dave and I needed to visit a peak. So while Rich whipped some more water, the Alpine Team ran up Ho Peak, aka Hum #2.

"Ran" might be a bit misleading. Climbing through blocks of granite buried under 6" of snow requires careful testing of every foot placement, lest you find the space between the blocks.

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Summit. Trailhead

We were richly rewarded for our efforts.

That's Hum Lake, where we were camping just one week ago.

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And there's Ho Lake down there.

The tall, snowy peak on the right is South Loon.

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Dave and I met Rich and Pam back at the saddle, where we all tightened our boots before starting the long, long plunge back to the car.

As our re-grouped group headed off the saddle, we were again carefully stepping in the snowy terrain.

Rich McChrystal photo

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But soon enough, the warm(ish) sunny day had had a huge effect on the snow. Thankfully so.

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You can't just run off the hillside here. So with careful foot placement and a steady pace, by the time we got low in the gully, shadows were falling.

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Lots to look at. Trailhead
Pam survives the last bit of heinous bushwack. Trailhead

And we celebrate back at the truck.

Special thanks to Pam, who added to my list of hiking victims volunteers!

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Go see Dave's most excellent photography at davefaitlemonde.  

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