Snowshoe to Grouse Gap 2-28-20

Photos by Linda and Randy

Four hikers (Elisabeth, Margie, Randy and Linda) enjoyed the five-mile RT to the Grouse Gap shelter for lunch. It was a terrific spring day and the snow was packed but not icy. The sunshine softened the snow for the afternoon XC skiers we encountered.

Mt. Shasta was in full view through the haze from controlled burning in California, giving the landscape hues of color reminiscent of the blue ridge mountains. Skies were crystal clear on the Oregon side. Randy and Linda took fantastic photos along the way.

Encountering students and faculty of the SOU Outdoor Adventure Leadership (OAL) program was the highlight for us all. Upon arrival to park and register at the new white-box station, we found three SOU vans and three small groups of faculty and students organizing for a field day to learn avalanche survival and rescue skills. They greeted us warmly and were delighted to tell us about the program. We took pictures of them to share with Professor Chad Thatcher for use in their program. We joined one of the three groups for a photo to post on our website.

On our return, Linda went up the mountain road far enough to capture some pictures of a group in action. On the way back, we found the sun melting what we assumed was a survival “igloo” the students had learned to build early in their outing. Take a look at the SOU website to learn about the Outdoor Adventure Leadership (OAL) program: https://sou.edu/academics/outdoor-adventure-leadership/programs/outdoor-adventure-leadership-ba-bs/

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