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  • Rolley Peak/Lookout - hike (January 2023)
  • Round Mountain - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Blowdown Peak - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Silverdaisy Mountain - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Spearhead Glacier/Husume Coulior - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Cowboy Ridge/Peak 2026 - ski tour (April 2023)
  • Slahanay Peak - hike/scramble (April 2023)
  • American Mountain & Mount Lincoln - hike/snowshoe (May 2023)
  • Mount Mclean Attempt, Red Rock Trail, Dragons Back Trail - hike (May 2023)
  • Stawamus Chief (South, Middle & North) - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Flint & Feather - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Goat Ridge (Squamish) - hike (June 2023)
  • Grouty/Mortar Peaks - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Pebble-to-North Creek Traverse incl. Pebble, Thiassi, Wesley & Sugus - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Truax - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Killam & Gambier Island - hike (September 2023)
  • Lone Goat & Snow Camp Mountain - hike (September 2023)
  • Isollilock Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Manson - Hatfield Traverse - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Sauk Mountain (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Daniel & Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Dickerman (WA) - hike (November 2022)
  • Winter's End (Verona Peak) - hike/snowshoe (November 2023)
  • Dolomites (Italy) - snowboarding (December 2023)
  • Red Rock Canyon (NV) - hike (January 2024)
  • Flute & Oboe - ski tour (February 2024)
  • Whistler misc. (Train Wreck, Loggers Lake, Shadow Lake etc.) - hike (February 2024)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Frenchman Mountain - via Sunrise Pass, January 2023

In Vegas for a conference and snuck in a day prior to hike Frenchman Mountain. Located on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley, Frenchman offers outstanding views the entire LV metropolitan area including The Strip, Red Rocks, and Spring Mountains beyond. It hadn't been a particularly productive December and early January for us, save for an impromptu ski trip to Kicking Horse outside Golden, BC to close out '22 and ring in the new year. That said, with relatively marginal ski conditions prevailing through early '23 it was nice to get the heck out of dodge and enjoy the warm January sunshine of the arid southwest. Just might make a habit of it!

Anyway, we Uber'ed ourselves to the "trailhead" located off NV 147 at Sunrise Pass, hopped the gate, and started plodding up a gravel road that leads through a small valley towards a saddle visible in distance. The road is obviously used to service the telecommunications equipment up on Frenchman's summit and as such leads all the way there. At times the road is littered with loose softball sized rocks making for somewhat tedious travel and poses a hazard to one's ankles. Up n' over the saddle and down to a pass of sorts before resuming the grind now up to Frenchman proper. Couple summits there on the ridge about the same in height - we tagged both to be sure and then wandered around taking in the sights. Great views of the LV Valley and beyond as mentioned, south towards Henderson, east towards Lake Mead and north towards the Valley of Fire - gotta check that out one of these days! The military jets flying in and out of Nellis AFB added some noise pollution to the day, but it was awesome seeing them fly circles around us!

Unable to reserve an Uber pick up from Sunrise Pass as we were resting on the summit, we returned the way we came hoping for some cell service as we approached the highway. No luck in that department but managed to score a ride back to civilization courtesy of a local couple and their friendly dog. Dropped off at the first gas station we came across and found our way to a taqueria for a quick bite and cold beer while waiting for our ride back to the hotel. Salud!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Mount Thom - Mt. Thom Trail, December 2022

Low hanging fruit on a lazy pre-ski season November day. Chilliwack's Mt. Thom makes for a short hike culminating with a decent view overlooking said "metropolis" with the mighty Sumas Mountain in distance. Cultus Lake is visible looking south as well as some partially obstructed views looking north across the Fraser Valley. Snow and ice on the trail necessitated the use of microspikes, thus rendering this excursion into what we affectionately term a "spike hike". Interestingly, the peak and Promontory Neighborhood directly below lies just upslope from a landfill complete with swirling clouds of seagulls feasting on the piles of trash. Though we couldn't see nor smell anything foul from the trailhead or summit, I thought this an unusual location for one of Chilliwack's up-and-coming suburban neighborhoods. But I digress. Hit up Hillkeep Regional Park on Chilliwack Mountain's summit on our way home for somewhat better views looking out towards the Cheam Range and peaks flanking the Chilliwack River Valley.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Oyster Dome - via Samish Bay/Connector Trail, November 2022

Headed south for a TJ's run justified by a hike in the Chuckanut Mountains near Bellingham. With fantastic views overlooking Samish Bay with the San Juan Islands beyond, we made Oyster Dome our objective for the day. This is a popular hike starting from Chuckanut Drive leading to a lookout from a subsummit of Blanchard Hill. Linking Samish Bay and Chuckanut Connector trails, it's a little over 5 kms to this point. We enjoyed the views in the warm sun, identifying the various islands laid out before us and reminiscing about our many kayaking trips there. A short thrash to the north from here yields a spot where there are also some decent views of peaks bordering the Fraser Valley, namely the Golden Ears Group, Robie Ried and Judge Howay.

As we still had time to burn and were hopeful for more views, we proceeded to the true summit of Blanchard Hill next. Not nearly as good as Oyster Dome as expected but the trail there does pass by couple lakes for a little variety. Then returned the way we came, making a short detour to the Samish Overlook to catch a stunning sunset over the Fidalgo Tidelands and Whidbey Island with Olympic Mountains in distance. No trip is complete without a hydration stop if possible, so closed out the day at Stones Throw Brewing in B'ham. Cheers!

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