Moved north from Texas, found work as a seasonal firefighter with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest out of Packwood. Local climber / hiker invited me along for an early summer trek to this peak. Crossing one of the steeper snowfileds I learned first hand how to self-arrest with an iceaxe. Thanks for posting. Great memories...
No snow at the time I did the hike, which was approximately
25 years ago with the Tacoma Mountaineers. We had to ascend
in clouds. The only photo I found from the trip was taken from
Impie's Nest. The trailhead is next to a waterway called 'Hinkle
Tinkle.' On that day, there was just one other male besides
myself on the hike. I saw him lagging back, and asked him what
the problem was. He said he had to 'tinkle' near Hinkle Tinkle!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe