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A Frozen Ordeal beneath Mt. Adams

White Salmon
Class: III-IV(V)      GMap
1 - Cascade Creek to Trout Lake
Trip Date: 2/2/2011
Written on: 2/4/2011
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There was no way in hell any ground hog was gonna see his shadow today. Are there even any ground hogs at the base of Mt. Adams? Ask the snoeshoe hare whose tracks we saw crossing the log during one of the countless snow blanketed portages we wold undertake today.

  Some recent companions who I've been running a lot of rivers and creeks with this winter were eager to tackle "Trip Number 1" in the Bennett Book. The temperatures were below freezing. I had already declined to go on all sorts of frigid adventures around the Gorge this winter, but this one I could not pass up.
  Fairly early, but never early enough for these winter missions, I found myself up FR 23, 5 miles past the snow burm that would keep everyone out except a jeep with chains on the front tires, 4 determined river-runners, a kayak, and a raft.
  That's right. I said a raft.
We got stuck a few times, but we got all the way to Bennett's put-in: Bridge to bridge. By 12:30 we were on the water. We may have comp[leted our first 6 portages in the first quarter mile, but soon we did at least get to boat some really fun drops. Yeah it was really ELF fucking low- scrapey in the slides, and hard to eddy out due to all the cobble that gets tripped up beneath the paddle. But had it been any higher, it would have been really stressful trying to get out abouve the countless portages.

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