Payette Point (aka Egg Rock)

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Spring fever snowshoe on Payette Point.

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Tom's tribe (minus Chris) was up, the sun was up, Craig was up (for anything), so we decided to go up.

Fortunately, there was sort of a trail. Craig broke what was left on the surface, with some help (?) occasionally from Dakota.

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The trail winds through the woods on a south-facing hillside, so you move in and out of the sun as you climb.

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There are boulders here and there, referred to this time of year as 'snow mushrooms'.

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In places the more recent (not fresh) snow was deep enough for Craig to create a trench. All of us behind were grateful.

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Still at it.

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Pretty soon we were on our way up the final gully. Suprisingly, the old track we had been following did not climb it.

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If you look closely, you can see Ruby in the notch. Without Uncle Dave here, she wasn't really into posing.

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Kenzie makes her first climb of the gully. Trailhead

Susan had been here before, but not in this much snow.

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Lunch "on top", or at least as near to the top as we cared to try in the warm, slurpy snow.

This winter mountaineering is serious business!

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When we ran out of tea and dog biscuits, it was time to head down. My camera was in my pack, so any floundering on the descent will have to be in your imagination. Trailhead

Susan is really into this winter thing. Here she examines snow crystals, looking for a similar pair. So far no luck.

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