Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dog Mountain Conditioning Hike

Early this morning Team 15 of the Mazamas Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP) assembled for our first conditioning hike.  We drove east down the Columbia River Gorge to the trailhead of Dog Mountain.  The students got off easy this time, it was a beautiful sunny day.  There were at least four other BCEP groups on this trail trail, I saw so many familiar faces.  There was still some snow up on the meadows of the summit, with Rime Ice on the windward side of the trees.  The highlight of the day for me was making one member of our team laugh as muscle spasms were making her descent down the trail a difficult one.

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