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 Monroe via Ammo Ravine Trail 1.16.06 
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 Monroe via Ammo Ravine Trail 1.16.06
Nicely hard packed snow, lots of ice and bitter wind above the last stream crossing & above treeline. Several downed trees not a problem to crawl under or climb over. After 5" of new snow yesterday, the trail was well broken out by a group of 8 from the I.M.C.S. We saw good trail work by SherpaJohn et al.

Snowshoes were not needed, crampons and balaclava are most definitely essential. Goggles too. Hot green tea w/honey and apple cider extremely helpful.

It was 3* when Rockgoddess and I started at 8:30am. We met Steve and 7 others from the I.M.C.S. descending the trail later in the morning. They related that the wind was so fierce it knocked down members of their party. We continued upward and onward to find out. It was a bitter howling wind that had to be 50 mph or more above treeline. After enduring this for about an hour we discussed how we had another at least another hour or more in this condition, then decided four hours of this wasn't fit for a dog. And we had two, Stanley & Ghostdog. A cold and windy, cyclonic day to play in the mountains.

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Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:40 pm
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 weather update for this hike
According to this weather station on top of Big George, the wind was 96.7 mph at noon time with a temp of -7.6 °F.

Wind on average was:
Wind Speed 102 mph / 164 km/h (NNW)
Max Wind Speed 117 mph / 188 km/h
Max Gust Speed 136 mph / 219 km/h

No wonder 10 turned back. A wise choice!

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Great decision Magic! Still plenty of winter left to get it another day.

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