Maiden Peak

February 18, 2006

Cold! Very cold. With record breaking temperatures in the forecast, three warmly dressed skiers left Eugene at 6:45 a.m. for the drive to Willamette Pass. All available clothes were donned to begin the ski on snow packed trail to Rosary Lakes. A compass bearing was taken for the route to Maiden Peak and the climb through unbroken snow began. Skins on the skis were used most of the way up and the final 400 feet was done with boots only on the wind blown south ridge to the 7818 foot summit.

When we arrived at 2:15 p.m. the temperature on the summit was 6 degrees and the wind was blowing hard. But the view was exhilarating on this clear cold day. The top was quickly left to find protection from the wind where skis were put on for the descent back to the lakes. Changeable snow conditions made the trip down challenging and fun. A quick glide back to the cars from the lakes completed the trip at 5:45 p.m. Cold but satisfied skiers were Steve Goins, John Wahlund, and leader, Harold Thompson.

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