Jan 13, 2017 – Temps from the mid 20’s to mid teens. Trail was dry, to patchy ice, to solid ice, to 12″ snow with crust. Dozens of blow-downs from recent storm made it going slow in parts. Start 6:00 pm, Moonrise 6:32pm, sky clear.
We were treated with a beautiful set of conditions to move relatively fast and enjoy the moon (which was full on 1/12) the whole night. Microspikes were on and off too many times to count, as were the slips and falls.
Even with an accidental wrong turn down a side trail costing us about 20 minutes, we reached the N/S Lake campground in 5:57, good enough to qualify for ETR ;)-
A quick 15 min jog to the car, the heater went on, and a beer was enjoyed
Once arriving home my wife had made Black Hole medals (again) for us. I slept VERY well that night.