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    This time we hiked Plateau (some ice on top, but microspikes were adequate) first and then found ice on Sugarloaf just like 2 weeks ago, but it wasn't as bad. It wasn't as consistent from side to side, but there were the same thick patches in the chutes. The initial tough spot after Mink Hollow was more difficult than last time, just because of the way the ice was distributed. The spot with 3 chutes was easier but the one under the viewpoint was really tough. We set the rope 3 times on the ascent and 3 times on the descent just to make sure everyone got through safely. Hillsounds worked very well and allowed me to get up each time to set the rope. Too soon for crampons - a lot of bare ground...