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Lingering snow could make for ideal climbing by Craig Hill
Sunday, September 19th 2010, 10:50 AM GMT
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Low on the south side of Mount Adams, the terrain that unfurled below the climbers was a welcome site.

Usually in late summer, this part of the descent would be a slow, knee-jarring scramble over and around large rocks. But this year is different. The climbers were looking down a steep, snowy slope.

Andy Sturdivant and Tom Williams of Eatonville grabbed their ice axes, took a seat and shoved off. Jack and Tara Mowreader of Puyallup and Kevin Bell of Bellevue – finishing a one-day climb that takes most people twice as long – were right behind them turning a 15-minute descent into a 90-second glissade.

This was late August, but wilderness ranger T.J. Broom says the route still has more snow than normal. The workers who dole out Mount Adams climbing information at the ranger station in Trout Lake say they’ve never seen a year like this in the 27 years they’ve lived in the area.

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