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Plateau, Sugarloaf 3/5/2021

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  • Plateau, Sugarloaf 3/5/2021

    A clear crisp day with temperatures in the teens at the start. Windy in the col but thankfully mild elsewhere. We wore whatever upgraded spikes we had: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro, Kahtoola KTS Crampons. We carried the shoes and rope (webbing) but never needed them as the going was easy on hard packed crusty snow. Some of the tricky spots on the west side of Sugarloaf were easy ramps of hard packed snow today.

    We had a guest of honor in the group today, completing a 2021 winter round, so we sat in the sun at the viewpoint on Sugarloaf sipping tea and eating muffins taking in an incredible clear winter vista. The ridge of Mohonk/Minnewaska was clear as a bell and looked twice as close as it usually does in the clear air.

    Today, we’ll have another guest of honor along for a finale on the two peaks directly to the east on the Devils Path. Hoping for similar conditions and fun.

    specs: Two Hillsound Trail Crampons Pro; one Kahtoola KTS Crampons and one regular Hillsounds: all worked well

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    Conditions much the same on Saturday 3/6 on Indian Head and Twin. There were many hikers enjoying a beautiful winter Saturday on the eastern Devils Path. Enjoy it while it stays cold!