Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier
On Friday when we were both feeling rather crappy, it was seeming very unlikely that we were going to be able to make it up to Mt. Rainier this weekend to do some snowshoeing. But as luck would have it, we both woke up feeling well enough to give it a try.
Since we got a late start, we just went up a little past the bridge over the Nisqually river and snowshoed around the scenic bypass loop. Since we are both a bit out of shape, it turns out that it was quite enough.
There was about 2 feet of powder on the ground, some scattered rain showers with ice pellets mixed in, and occasional gusts of wind that were probably around 20 knots. In other words enough weather to know that you are outside, but still nice enough to enjoy being outside.
Of course, as it is a scenic loop, we had to stop at all the overlooks to enjoy the view. This had nothing to do with the fact that we are both out of shape ;-)
This was also our first trip with Laurie's new production replacements for the pre-production Crescent Moon snowshoes that she tested 2 years ago. The production models are a few ounces lighter, but since she hadn't worn the other ones in about a year, she didn't notice any real difference.