Ross Allen, Steve Smith, Charlie “Beef” Abert and Fred “Tarpy” Knight
Up via White Dot, Cascade Link, Red Spot, and Pumpelly
Down via White Dot
Pics: Just click twice for more detail.
|Heading Up||Steve, Charlie, Ross posing||Upper Red Spot|
|Upper Red Spot||Upper Red Spot||Steve Ascending|
|Steve and Summit||Charlie toward summit||Pumpelly Vista|
We chose a 5:30am rendezvous at Forbes Road and started from the Poole Rd parking lot at a little after 7am. My plea for the route we took got us into once-traveled trail, so Ross and I switched to snowshoes. Steve was on skis, and Charlie stayed with bare boots. The Red Spot tracks ended in the middle, so we headed up through a couple feet of powder along with two other dudes who took the lead. Gorgeous snow-covered trees, completely blue sky, and shelter from wind—exhilarating conditions. The wind picked up on Pumpelly and was really blowing the snow as we reached the summit after ~3 hrs. Quickly we scampered down to shelter. At the White Cross-White Dot junction Steve chose the unbroken White Cross for skiing. At the bottom I waited for Steve to appear, but he came ambling down with skis on his pack, having aborted the White Cross downhill ski.
Summary: 4+ hours, ~6 miles,