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 Getting in 4K Shape. Mt Flume 4/9/16 
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 Getting in 4K Shape. Mt Flume 4/9/16
Well, at least trying. 8) I wanted to do Flume this winter since it was socked in my
only time there in winter. And Flume is another favorite of mine especially via the Osseo Trail.
But it didn't happen. But since the temps are still dipping down, with mixed precipitation
still coming in, I figured it might still have a winter feel. Which it definitely did
Saturday. Not so much down low though. Everyone's favorite trail.

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At 2700' the ice was costant so I put the spikes on.

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At the ladders, it was crampon time. Some of the ladders were fairly exposed but trust
me, the crampons are still the way to go in the steeps. Puts you in a much better
comfort zone. And the ice was very deceiving because there was an inch of new snow covering it.
I'd caught up to a guy at the Downlook who had Hillsound Trail Crampons on.
I don't think he felt they'd be good enough, for him, to continue. I had said to him, " kinda sketchy
getting up those ladders in spikes, huh?" Because I set out and never saw him again. On the return
I did see he turned around there.

Before the Downlook
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The Downlook
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After
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On the ridge, target in site.
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Views getting close.
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Views here.
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The final climb up Flumes summit cone was a bit unnerving. There was less ice on the rock
but now what I hate most about wearing crampons. Tripping. And as you can see form the
above photo, that's not some where you want to fall. :shock:

But, I managed not to trip and made it to the summit.
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Just my luck there were some large cloud masses chopping off the tops pf the higher peaks
and blocking my Presi view. Also, my first time on Flume was in 2005 and looking back at my
photos there wasn't nearly as many trees blocking the view east. Oh, Mr. Tecumseh. 8)
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And thanks to crampons, it was back to spring in no time. :D
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And the wonderful straight and flat. At least it's only 1.4 miles from this trail.
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I know everyone is tired of the ice, but. For spring, I like this better than mushy monorail
and mud.

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I'm with you in the preference for the ice rather than the icky monorail Joe. I'm also you in the "oh sh*t I hope I don't trip" mindset when on dangerous rocky abyss-like drop off areas. I caught my crampon (Hillshound Pro) on my pant leg again Sunday. Put a hole in another pair of pants. Sigh. Didn't trip though - caught myself. Gotta get me some crampons. Or elastics.

I was thinking of doing Flume this coming weekend. Wonder what the rains will do to the trails. Supposed to be quite balmy come Saturday.

Thanks for the tr. And good to see you're getting back out there. Hope the body parts working well for you today. As usual, excellent pics.

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Glad the body is allowing you to get back out on the trails Joe. Pretty awesome photos too. You obviously brought the DSLR along for the ride. Do you shoot in RAW or are these staright/touched up in camera jpgs? I need a re-do on the Osseo Trail. It seems to have better views than I thought when I hiked if for FOT48 in the soup. Maybe some sort of a loop/traverse or something with the abandoned Osseo Trail this summer. Hmmm...


Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:36 pm
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Only Joe could bitch and moan about gorgeous cloud formations dancing among the mountains and making for very interesting photos. Old curmudgeon! :twisted:


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Good for you getting back in business! Glad to see what a nice day you had, too! You deserve it!


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nice report and pics Joe!

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Granite Guy wrote:
Do you shoot in RAW or are these staright/touched up in camera jpgs?


No raw, a costume jpg setting. And I bump up the clarity in PS.

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Well, the definition in the ridges and dynamic range is awesome. Making me consider switching to Nikon. After looking at a bunch of reviews last night they definitely seem to be cornering the market on dynamic range. Canon seems to be concentrating more on the video making side of things. I need to get a new camera either way. Decisions decisions decisions.


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