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Spring in the Pacific NW

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Lessons I have learned thus far during my training hikes:
In March, April and early May there will be a significant amount of snow on the trails or mountains that you will be on. Not that I didn’t know this would be the case, but actually hiking through knee/upper hip deep snowfields and crashing through melting snowbridges on an otherwise harmless path has taught me the lesson that advances in gear technology should damn well be taken advantage of. A certain modicum of expensive gear is required.

Gaiters and snowshoes are on my list of things to by soon. No worries on the climbing in the dark though as I just bought a Petzl MYO XP headlamp with 85 lumens. Ferociously blinding.
Me, heading up to McClellan Butte, in Mt. Baker National Forest.

View of Mt. Rainier from I-5, in route.

View of Mt. Rainier from just below the Muir Snowfield.
At Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier.

This would not have happened with snow shoes. Maybe. But, regardless, with gaiters my feet would still be dry.

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