Bechtel Shelter

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Leader: Jim Pierce
SShoe: 4.6 miles, 500 ft (Moderate)

Six Obsidians left the rainy Valley for the snowy Cascades. We hit packed snow about 3500 feet, but kept rolling to the Gold Lake Snow Park at 5000 feet. The snow covered trees were worth the trip all by themselves. There was just over 3 feet of snow at the measuring pole. As expected, there was lots of new snow. The Leader sank into 8-16 inches of snow. So leading was hard work ... like climbing a tall stair stepper with weighted boots. Everyone took their turn breaking trail.

It took us two hours to reach Bechtel shelter. There were 14 skiers there already. It was odd to have so many packed into a small space in such an isolated spot. In all we encountered over 40 people enjoying the snow covered trees and trails. The descent took only 70 minutes since the snowshoe trail was already well trodden. We saw a pair of hawks soaring... wondering what prey they could be seeking. At the parking lot there was 2 inches of snow on the van. We were back at SEHS by 3:30. What a marvelous day!

Members: Jim Pierce, Susan Sanazaro, Daniele Delaby, Barbara Schomaker, Sarah Praskievicz, Jim Whitfield.


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