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Spring skiing and a P2K on Lookout Mountain.

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Michael likes peaks with prominence. The trouble is, he's liked them for a long time, so it has gotten harder and harder to get to one he hasn't climbed.

But it was a sunny spring day, so we drove half way around the world to scenic Prairie City, Oregon, and then up the John Day River until you could step across it in a single stride.

We geared up and started skinning up the hill.

THAT is a big ponderosa.

Trailhead

There are an assortment of trails and roads weaving across the hillside. There was about 3' of snow covering everything down here, so it was hard to tell exactly what we were following.

Trailhead

Although there was lots of snow, there were still bare spots and dirty snow, meaning that often the preferred route was subject to dispute.

But it was essentially a wide, open ridge, so not a problem.

Approach

From where did THIS come from? It didn't show on my GPS, but when I later checked a map, it's called Starvation Rock.

Hmm... sounds ominous.

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But we scooted around the rock ad continued up through the woods. Eventually, we made it to the ridge top, where we finally got to see our peak. Doesn't look like much from here.

By this point, the day was pretty warm and so was the snow. I was able to take off my skins and still progress uphill, which was a definite advantage here.

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Cruising.

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Just a bit farther to climb, but already good views all around.

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Ironside.

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Strawberry.

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Summit Approach

Map

We decided to drop off a little early, hoping for thinner forest. It was thinner, but we ended up doing an endless dropping traverse. Oh well, the snow was pretty dang weird, anyway, so we weren't missing any thrilling fall-line descent.

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