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A backyard snowshoe, Payette Point gets us above the fog.

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Craig is my 'new' neighbor. We initially connected when our puppies did. He expressed an interest in getting out. So today was our first outing outside the immediate neighborhood (well, we did go for a mountain bike ride at Bear Basin, but this is a climb).

Note the fog- the Brundage cam, which looks south over Long Valley, indicated we should have sunshine. Fingers crossed.

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Sure enough, we promptly climbed into the sunshine. But due to the forest, you don't get views until you have climbed 1000' or so up the hillside.

And now we're climbing.

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Our route skirted right below the summit cliffs.

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And then up a steep chute. Here, Craig has done the first step of the chute.

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The pups had been having a blast all morning. Here, at the top of the chute, it was time to keep an eye on them. We tied them up in a sunny spot, removed our snowshoes, and started up the last pitch, shoveling snow off the face in search of holds.

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I was pretty busy staying on the face, so no actual climbing pictures. But here we are on the summit. Sorry for the lame framing of the shot, but done with cold fingers in mittens. Trailhead

There's Jug!

Note the valley fog.

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Little Payette Lake and No Business.

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Brundage Mountain and big Payette Lake. Trailhead

We very carefully backed down the climb and let the anxious puppies loose.

Due to the nearby exposure, I get nervous having the puppies running loose. So instead of enjoying our tea here, we headed down to another sunny spot.

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This shot perhaps gives a better idea of what I mean when I say exposure. And this is only half-way down.

A little lower and a traverse out to a sunny spot brought us to the perfect tea sitting area. We enjoyed the sunshine and perfectly calm area for about 20 minutes. But the cold was still there (it was just 20° when we got back to the truck) so we had to get going.

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Dakota waiting patiently for her Dad.

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What a great day! When we got back to the warm truck, the puppies went right to sleep.

 

Photo by Craig

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