|Dec. 26, 2007 (Wed.)
|Elevations: 4627 feet, 4420 feet; Order of Height: 12, 20
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Pu Chen, Ewart Tempest
A thoroughly enjoyable day climbing a very scenic route with Pu and Ewart.
Pu and Ewart were already down in the High Peaks, enjoying a bit of Christmas break hiking. We were joining them for a couple of days and this was our first outing together.
The weather forecast called for mostly cloudy, but what we were treated to was a warm, sunny and clear day. Almost springlike, in fact. We decided on two more for Jenn's winter 46er list: Giant and Rocky.
The snowpack from route 73 all the way up the ridge trail to Giant was in good shape, as was the trail - firm, and with good traction. We used snowshoes the entire way up. Noticed that the steep lower part of the trail on the ridge itself has been re-constructed into switchbacks.
Fantastic views all the way up the lower ridge section. Summitted Giant first, then dropped backs at junction with trail to Rocky Peak and quickly scampered over to Rocky and back. Ewart skipped Rocky and lounged in the sun at the junction. A rapid descent back to the car at route 73 wrapped up a fine day. Jenn's down to ten winters now!
See the image gallery link below for a more detailed writeup and the set of pictures.
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Image Gallery: December 2007 hike - Giant and Rocky.