This was my second backbacking trip. I will say first off, take plenty of water and if spending the night invest in a water filter to pump water. We did, as we also cook. Second, I can walk for days, but I do not like to carry anything. So backpacking is a challenge. My partners are quite experienced and are confident that I can do these trails. The Tanner was fabulous. Very difficult. You must be well conditioned. Started off with cool sections of patchy ice. Wear clamp ons, they are life savers. Then, the heat came on. Spectacular veiws. Can't say enough about them. Camp sites at the bottom available. Beamer, was another big challenge. Got a late start, and the temperatures were high. Slowly made our way to the LCR in the dark. Gotta love the challenges. Next day, back to the Tanner for the another night of star filled night sky. Began our ascent after a good breakfast. We were only going to the saddle, as we knew a storm was expected late that evening. The wind and rain came through the night and a little snow was falling as we awoke. Above us the rim was covered. How different everything looked. Beautiful. We headed up. Funny that I felt this was much easier than going down. We arrived at the top to a very HEAVY snow storm. Would not have had it any other way. Always be cautious of how and where you step, especially if the ground is covered with snow. Hind site. Should have had one more full day to enjoy the Beamer.
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