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 1/21 Osceola's
After concurring that the weather wasn't going to be stellar for an above treeline excursion, Drew, MEB, Little Sister & I decided to head to the Osceola's on this Saturday. We agreed to take it easy in the morning, as after getting to where you have to be all week long, it's nice to get a leisurely start on your day off :) We headed up the Greeley Pond Trail from the Kanc parking area a little after 10AM.

Like most trails here in the Whites, the cover is very thin, and icy in most sections. Still, we made good time getting to the Ponds / Osceola trail junction. There, we donned crampons, as we anticipated that the steeps would be quite icy, and we were not disappointed :shock: Little Sister has not had much crampon experience to date, but she mastered the technique's required for safe travel on steep terrain brilliantly............. which equates to; no ripped clothing, no catching a point on roots & rocks, and not causing any of her companions bodily harm ~ Bravo :!:

Our mantra was: It's not that far, we'll be there soon

It's funny how some of the shorter hikes, seem to take more time than you anticipate :o We shared the trail with a few other hikers, but we had the main summit to ourselves. Such a change from the crowded hikes of the summer months on this peak.

The weather changed many times over the duration of the hike, but the changing light made MEB's picture taking more interesting. For most of the first 1/2 of the hike, we had extensive views of the surrounding WMNF. Then, the weak system that was moving through, would obscure the summits & ridges for short periods of time. The winds strengthened as the afternoon wore on, and were down right blustery as we made our way back to the parking area.

Two more down for Drew, which brings him to his 1/2 way point ~ Woo Hoo

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Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:51 pm
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By your posts, I gather that you hiked the O's Saturday and that's when the North winds kicked in to make you & the group pay attention. It was howling late afternoon into the night. Life is good, especially when one hikes during this mild (so far) winter. Thank you for your reports!

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