After endless amounts of rain and grey and fog this week, things finally cleared up yesterday. What makes for boring city times is awesome for the mounts though, and that all that rain turned into 3 feet of fresh snow at higher elevations, woooooot!!! Perfect conditions to try out our very first dawn patrol :)
We departed Seattle at 4:15 am... omg... the horror... and made it up to Snoqualmie Pass by 5:30ish. No traffic, but we did need a quick stop for coffee. As all of our skinning up would be done in the dark, we picked an area we were generally familiar with. Kendall Knob is close to where we were last weekend, just a bit farther east, so we had a good idea of where the winter trails would be.
Skinning in the dark is not super fun, especially with the weird early season conditions were having (tons of snow, lots of slippy powder to skin up, but all the creeks are still open) but as the sun started rising, and we could see the alpine glow on all the trees around us, I realized why dawn patrols are totally worth it. I started getting giddy as we could caught views of the pass, the surrounding peaks, and little glimpses of the sunrise through the trees.
The way back down was short and fast, followed by a quick, cold, change into work clothes by the car. Made it to work by 9:30, woop woop! With the time crunch, we only had time for one lap, but being able to have a little adventure before starting the work day was superb.