|Clothing accessories can be a dead giveaway that it's springtime|
We found the skinning to be fairly technical on steep, icy terrain. I'm generally not an advocate of ski crampons, but there's no doubt that they would have been useful today.
|Skinning up the west side of Snoqualmie Mountain|
|The views of Rainier didn't suck|
|. . . neither did the views of Chair Peak|
|Everyone loves summit ski descents|
We ended up skiing back down the way we had ascended and hit the snow just about right: earlier, and it would have been too icy; later, and it would have been too softened by the sun and warm temperatures. On the way home we stopped at Seattle Bouldering Project to top the day off with a bit of gym climbing - good times.