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[pct-l] Stevens Pass to Stehekin - preliminary report
- Subject: [pct-l] Stevens Pass to Stehekin - preliminary report
- From: Christine Kudija" <email@example.com (Christine Kudija)
- Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 23:12:00 -0700
Just got back to Lost Angeles last night after a glorious 2.5 weeks out,
first in Glacier NP & then 6 days walking from Stevens Pass to Stehekin
(High Bridge) from Monday 8/12 - Sunday 8/18, & will follow up with more
info tomorrow. In the meantime, snow is a non-issue for this entire
section - there are some patches, but nothing significant. Deadfalls from
avalanches are actually more of a problem - they render much of the section
impassible to stock (imho, of course!). A small snowfield on the north side
of Fire Creek Pass is easily circumnavigated on the uphill side on rock -
and the remaining snow patches are no problem. Mosquitoes were annoying
until we got above 5,000', but the biting flies were ommipresent. I killed
as many as I could, but...
Before starting out last Monday I called several ranger districts, and no
one had any current info about snow/ice in the passes. Consequently we
carried (fortunately lightweight) ice axes & Grivel 6-point crampons. My
ice axe got used for a cat-hole several times - but otherwise stayed on my
Saw Friendly Bear & friend from Georgia south-bounding, Ben the Wandering
Jew (flying by with 4-legged companion), Montana & the Mad Hatter, and
several others on the bus to Stehekin.
Again, more tomorrow. I'm still clearing out my inbox from a slew of
messages from the last three weeks!
Christine "Ceanothus" Kudija
"Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top.
Then you will see how low it was." Dag Hammarskjold