Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

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Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by jessbee » November 27th, 2011, 9:55 am

I returned yesterday from my third annual solo Thanksgiving adventure. You can read the narrative on my blog, here.

All the photos are here.

In sum: 4 days, 3 nights, hopping from shelter to cabin and back again. Summitted Maiden Peak on a clear, gorgeous days with vast views of Central Oregon. I was alone most of the time, with a group of three coming up Friday afternoon. I enjoyed a full on Thanksgiving feast, watched the snow fall, took my snowshoes out for the first trip of the season, and basked in some serious R&R (in between hauling a heavy pack and splitting wood, of course).

Here are some of the highlights:
cabin1.JPG
feast2.JPG
winter wonderland.JPG
death well.JPG
maiden peak summit.JPG
diamond peak.JPG
sisters.JPG
rock and ice2.JPG
rime trees.JPG
sunshine.JPG
Will break trail for beer.

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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by Koda » November 27th, 2011, 11:03 am

what an awesome adventure thanks for sharing. I'd love to explore this area more, especially in winter, do those shelters/cabin require reservation or are they open on a first come/first served basis?

beautiful winter views, its awesome when you get clear skies higher up in winter. Great photos...
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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by weathercrazy » November 27th, 2011, 12:12 pm

Nice pics! Explain death well...I mean it's understandable, but how long did it take you to get out? Was it the only one?

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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by jessbee » November 27th, 2011, 4:01 pm

weathercrazy wrote:Nice pics! Explain death well...I mean it's understandable, but how long did it take you to get out? Was it the only one?
It didn't take too long. But my snowshoes were like fishhooks--they dug in deeper the more I tried to pull them out. So I had to dig out a hole with my hiking pole to pull my foot up. It was frustrating, but not dangerous. That was the only spot on the hike where I felt I had to walk through potential tree well territory. They're usually easy enough to avoid.
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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by Thum » November 27th, 2011, 4:06 pm

Two thums up for the great report and photos, jessbee. What a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons by reaching almost 8000ft in all that snow. Thanksgivng dinner in a snow covered cabin, first snowshoe of the season etc. sounds like a great trip:)

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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by Krystle » November 27th, 2011, 4:07 pm

That is a badass tradition! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by geographics » November 27th, 2011, 4:21 pm

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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by Crusak » November 27th, 2011, 6:02 pm

Awesome trip, Jess!

That looks like a lot of fun. I love the 'pie in the pack' picture. :) You definitely had a feast in your pack.

And such nice weather, too. Great TR and pics.
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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by AlexanderSupertramp » November 27th, 2011, 7:05 pm

Jessbee, you never stop being my hero :-) Please keep posting these gems!

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Re: Maiden Peak Thanksgiving Weekend

Post by Jane » November 27th, 2011, 8:45 pm

AlexanderSupertramp wrote:Jessbee, you never stop being my hero :-) Please keep posting these gems!
Agreed by me !:)Jess, what a wonderful and memorable tradition - thank you for sharing and probably inspiring others to venture more!

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