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We rested at the Mizpah Cutoff for a few minutes and had a snack. While we were climbing, we had taken off our jackets, but after stopping for a little while, it was cold enough that we had to put them back on.

After continuing along the Crawford Path for a short distance on the way to Mt Pierce, the snowdrifts began to get deeper, and the path seemed to be barely-traveled. Not having snowshoes, we soon gave up on this route and turned back, then decided to try for Mizpah Spring Hut since the Mizpah Cutoff looked like it had been used recently.

As expected, the Mizpah Cutoff  was much better than the section of the Crawford Path that we had turned around on; none-the-less, there were still several areas that were drifted over, particularly closer to the hut where it was more open to the south. One drift was particularly deep and long, but knowing how close to the hut we were, we pressed on and made it through.

The snow was pretty deep around the hut too, and it was still snowing. On one corner of the hut, the snow had drifted up onto the steeply sloping roof and Erin was able to climb up the slope.

After eating lunch and resting for a short while, we headed back down. Along the way, we saw a tree wearing a snow hat, and had to duck under several blowdowns.

We stopped at the Crawford Hostel for a little while, then drove home. I was disappointed that we had not been able to climb to any of the summits. I also had huge raw blisters on both of my heels since I was breaking in some new Scarpa leather mountaineering boots. Oh well, you can't win them all!  

Me at the Mizpah Cutoff Junction. Note how close to the ground the trail sign is. 

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Deep drift on the Mizpah Cutoff. This section was somewhat open to the south and the wind had piled up knee to thigh-deep drifts.

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Erin sitting on a drift on the Mizpah Spring Hut roof. Although the roof on this section of the hut slopes almost to the ground, this drift is still impressive.

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A tree with a hat. On the way back down, we saw this tree wearing a sort of snow hat.

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Doing the limbo. Erin had to duck under this low-hanging blowdown on the Mizpah Cutoff.

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