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Mazama Ridge Snowshoe — Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

Mount Rainier Area
Mazama Ridge-MRNP 12-5-09 Hike #100! Well I did it! Annie & Nancy joined me today on this special hike. I'm still in shock, I managed to pull off 100 hikes this year, it truly feels surreal. I had never been to Mazama Ridge, which is surprising for as many times as I've been to Rainer. Nancy suggested this one and showed us the way. Annie and I arrived early to catch the sunset but the mountain was not showing that early and gate @ Longmire didn't open till 8. But as soon as we headed up to Paradise the clouds broke and views were spectacular! Not sure I could have ordered up anymore blue sky or mountain views. We didn't use snow shoes as the snow was crunchy and only post holed a few times. The lines in the snow were so detailed. It was a fantastic spot. Weather was chilly 16 degrees when we set out but quickly warmed up to 20. I can't say enough about how great today was, just know that my cheeks were hurting from my HUGE grin on my face.. Now I must prepare for hike #101 tomorrow! Special Note: Thank you to all NWHIKERS for your support and love over the past couple of years, you are all amazing people! I couldn't do it w/o your great advice, comments, & support. WTA TR's and awesome website and magazine have also contributed to my success, and I appreciate all the trail work they do for us all! Much love and admiration to my new circle of hiking women, most whom I have met @ nwhikers; Bobbi, Kari, Nancy,& Lynn. I can't wait to take it to the next level and backpack with you all next year! Thanks to Annie for being my BFF and always getting stuff out of my pack for me, holding my poles and being my cheerleader! I couldn't have done this great achievement w/o you! Here's to taking it to the next level and backpacking in 2010! Video Link Cheers to All and to ALL a good night.



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Susan Elderkin on Dec 07, 2009 03:11 PM