Maiden Peak

February 26, 2000

With a forecast for heavy snow and winds gusting to 50 mph, six skies looking for adventure set off from Willamette Pass towards the summit of Maiden Peak. As is often the case, the reality of the day was not near as bad as the prediction. Trail breaking through eight inches of fresh snow began as soon as we started and continued to the summit. But with six skiers trading the lead often, the group had the energy needed to complete the six miles and 2800 feet of elevation gain. Four of the group pushed to the top to experience heavy winds and near zero visibility while two turned back just below. The down-hill nun back towards Rosary Lakes through fresh snow was fun, although over-challenging for some. The weather cleared as the afternoon progressed and our group found the car about 6:30 p.m. after skiing the last hour in darkness. Six tired but successful skiers were glad that the forecast had not stopped the adventure for that day. Skiers were Van Likes, Doug McCarty, Andrew McIvor, John Hegg, Bob Burnett and Harold Thompson, leader.

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