A group of us went snowshoeing around the Castle Peak area on New Year's Eve. We took our time making progress on the trail towards Peter Grubb Hut -- taking a lot of pictures and just general horsing around. In the end, we didn't make it to the hut, mostly because we got a fairly late start -- no one wanted to run the risk of making the trek back in the dark. We still got a good 4 hours in and came out with some decent pictures.
This was my first time snowshoeing, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I think I'm going to invest in a pair of snowshoes. I really liked the snowshoes I rented, MSRs, which had teeth that went all around their perimeters. I was sure-footed the entire way, and I had little difficulty hiking with them. I'll be sure to get an earlier star next timet, and maybe I'll make it to the hut or perhaps the top of Castle Peak.
Here are some photos for you all to enjoy.
|Snow, Lots of Snow|
|Snow Covered Trees|
|More Snow Covered Trees|
|The Ridge Where We Turned Around|
|Snowshoeing Action Shot|
|View from the Ridge|
|Another View from the Ridge|
|The Trail Back to the Car|