Jack's Mountain - December 24, 2021

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy X-Moose Eve from Scataclaus! Have all the BCPers been good little hikers/backpackers and paddlers this year? I suspect that most have, though that @Rockskipper is probably walking a fine line between good and bad. :) For those who were bad in 2021, you'll have some bogs, marshes, and downfall to contend with in 2022, and maybe even some dreaded carcass dumps to wander through. Ho! Ho! Ho!

So last night I went to bed thinking that I was going to wake up to snow on the ground, but alas it only rained here in the valley. This is important because I had planned on summitting Mount Olympus with my son today, but I was too chicken to contend with the weather. So I got up around 7:30 this morning and realizing that it hadn't snowed, I thought that we could get a hike in before the next storm moved in this afternoon. Again I thought about Olympus, but my wife said that the storm was going to move in between one and two in the afternoon, and that didn't give us enough time at my sloth pace to avoid bad weather. So we decided to do a quick short hike up Jack's Mountain instead.

We ended up getting home just after one in the afternoon, and Sheila told me that the storm was not due in until four o'clock now. So I probably could have gotten Olympus in after all. That's what I get for waffling back and forth.

I'm testing out a camera that I have never used before on this hike. I bought a Fuji Finepix XP140 on sale at Costco about three years ago and it has just sat in its box ever since. It is supposed to be a waterproof point-and-shoot, but since it didn't start raining or snowing on us today, I can't verify that. Otherwise, it took some decent pictures for a point-and-shoot I think.

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Shot from the trailhead

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Well there is old Scataclaus now. I think that @Bob and @TractorDoc may have slipped some lumps of coal into my knapsack for
this hike. My intelligence sources say the @The Trout Whisperer and @Rockskipper might have put them up to it, but they are the
ones who did the dead so I'll have to get them back next summer. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Scataclaus' reindeer perhaps? Ho! Ho! Ho!

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The dreaded false summit

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The airplane beacon on Mount Wire

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The true summit comes into view

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Obligatory shot of Mount Olympus

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Scat Jr.

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Snow covered trail from this point on

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This hike is kind of a steep bugger.

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Arriving at the summit

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Spring Canyon

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View to the north

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Lots of hiking cheer to deliver this evening! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Scataclaus is snacking on a fig newton.

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The red rocks on the northern ridge of Spring Canyon

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Jack's Mountain on our way back down.

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Jack's Mountain on the left and Parley's Ridge on the right

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An invitation to continue on? :thinking:

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Back at Scataclaus' sleigh. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Awaiting me at home! Can you find the Grizzly Bear? Ho! Ho! Ho!


Well, wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and hope 2022 brings you good health, adventure and friendship along your trials. Ho! Ho! Ho!


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Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy X-Moose Eve from Scataclaus! Have all the BCPers been good little hikers/backpackers and paddlers this year? I suspect that most have, though that @Rockskipper is probably walking a fine line between good and bad. :) For those who were bad in 2021, you'll have some bogs, marshes, and downfall to contend with in 2022, and maybe even some dreaded carcass dumps to wander through. Ho! Ho! Ho!

So last night I went to bed thinking that I was going to wake up to snow on the ground, but alas it only rained here in the valley. This is important because I had planned on summitting Mount Olympus with my son today, but I was to chicken to contend with the weather. So I got up around 7:30 this morning and realizing that it hadn't snowed, I thought that we could get a hike in before the next storm moved in this afternoon. Again i thought about Olympus, but my wife said that the storm was going to move in between one and two in the afternoon, and that didn't give us enough time at my sloth pace to avoid bad weather. So we decided to do a quick short hike up Jack's Mountain instead.

We ended up getting home just after one in the afternoon, and Sheila told me that the storm was not due in until four o'clock now. So I probably could have gotten Olympus in after all. That's what I get for waffling back and forth.

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Shot from the trailhead

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Well there is old Scataclaus now. I think that @Bob and @TractorDoc may have slipped some lumps of coal into my knapsack for
this hike. My intelligence sources say the @The Trout Whisperer and @Rockskipper might have put them up to it, but they are the
ones who did the dead so I'll have to get them back next summer. Ho! Ho! Ho!

View attachment 105698
Scataclaus' reindeer perhaps? Ho! Ho! Ho!

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The dreaded false summit

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The airplane beacon on Mount Wire

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The true summit comes into view

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Obligatory shot of Mount Olympus

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Scat Jr.

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Snow covered trail from this point on

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This hike is kind of a steep bugger.

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Arriving at the summit

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Spring Canyon

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View to the north

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Lots of hiking cheer to deliver this evening! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Scataclaus is snacking on a fig newton.

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The red rocks on the northern ridge of Spring Canyon

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Jack's Mountain on our way back down.

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Jack's Mountain on the left and Parley's Ridge on the right

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An invitation to continue on? :thinking:

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Back at Scataclaus' sleigh. Ho! Ho! Ho!


Well, wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and hope 2022 brings you good health, adventure and friendship along your trials. Ho! Ho! Ho!


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Nice to see snow..got th Air conditioner on here in Texas..80…Santa will be stripping down to his boxers flyin thru here tonight to keep cool! Merry Christmas
 
Ho! Ho! Ho!

Glad you braved the great outdoors before the blizzard hit. . . I knew there would be some sort of cookie baking going on in the Scat Household today!

My compliments go out to whomever placed the eyeballs. Cyclopes cookies are my favorite. :)
 
Scataclaus, those weren't lumps of coal, they were lumps of melted circus peanuts. I'm just guessing, as I had nothing to do with it. It was all that guy who thinks trout can hear him whispering. (He told me about it in a whisper.)
 
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Keep hiking that steep snowy stuff. You'll need that training for the 2400 ft vertical hike up out of Granite Canyon in the Beartooth's ..... More coal may help..... 2 1/2 feet snow here so far.
 
Ho! Ho! Ho!

Glad you braved the great outdoors before the blizzard hit. . . I knew there would be some sort of cookie baking going on in the Scat Household today!

My compliments go out to whomever placed the eyeballs. Cyclopes cookies are my favorite. :)

I'll pass your compliments along.
 
Keep hiking that steep snowy stuff. You'll need that training for the 2400 ft vertical hike up out of Granite Canyon in the Beartooth's ..... More coal may help..... 2 1/2 feet snow here so far.

Well, I managed half of the 2400 today. Starting January 1, 2021, I will be giving my left knee a pep talk everyday until we accomplish that 2400 foot climb.
 
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