Snow conditions were excellent for Redtop mountain this time, with one to four inches of fresh snow on top of a firm crust from three weeks of dry, clear weather in the Cascades. It was snowing lightly all afternoon. A couple of the skiers made the climb using crown-base ski patterns, while the rest used climbing skins. The route was clearly tracked by other parties on the way up. For our descent we took a ridge on the north side of the mountain, and then made a long and scenic traverse back to Pretty Lake. The group was a mix of Obsidians back-country veterans and a couple of newer faces, and everyone kept the same pace both up and down. A marvelous outing on a great day in our local mountains.Members: Gordon Sayre, John Hartman, Sam Miller, Harold Thompson, Chrissy Anderson, Julie Polhemus, Spencer Robertson. Nonmembers: David McAllister.
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