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David_Zeps

Three Finger Jack 5/28/05

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7 of 8 of us made the summit of TFJ on Saturday. PCT is snow free for the first 2-3 miles, then about 6000 feet it is snow covered. Off trail travel was easy, woods are fairly open, snow was firm and we could avoid postholing.

The lower south ridge has some snow and cornices but the summit ridge and summit block were snow free. Great views from the top, lots of weather around us including a few nice sun breaks.

Weather got nasty later in the day after we were well down from the summit.

The hike in was surprisingly interesting, walking through the burned areas. Some flowers are reappearing, 3 kinds of violets, some beargrass and trillium. We noticed a surprising number of little frogs hopping around on the ash and charcoal of the forest floor.

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Nice work, thanks for posting the TR. Any pictures? What was the snow looking like on the NE side/Jake Lake approach?

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As far as I could tell, the snow level and amount on the NE side looked about the same as on our route on the PCT.

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Any chance there is still good snow in the SE colouir? I got a look at it about 3 or 4 weeks ago and it looked pretty interesting all frozen, but I doubt it has anything right now. Good climb, huh? Crazy summit! thumbs_up.gif

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