Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Snowshoeing in the Castle Peak Area

Happy 2013, Everyone!

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.

Starting Point 
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

Castle Peak

The Trail Back to the Car

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