Holdover Peak, Payette, National Forest, Idaho

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The forecast called for a bright sunny and warm day in the region so John, Ruby and I headed down to the South Fork of the Salmon River for a spring like hike. See John’s trip report here: http://www.splattski.com/2020/holdover/index.html

It was a chilly start deep in the canyon but once we crossed the river and almost immediately headed up, we were in the sunshine and warmed up quickly. The higher we got, the better the views became.

After about an hour of hiking up a ridge, we hit continuous snow. It was time for snowshoes!

Here are some summit shots. Look closely in the first one and you can see John and Ruby near the top. You may be asking yourself, “Dave, its seems that John and Ruby beat you to the summit by quite a bit, what’s up with that?’ Well, first of all, Ruby knows the routine, go up until you can’t any more and nobody will beat Ruby to the top. As for John, he has a condition I have come to call “Peak Fever”. As we approach the summit of mountains, symptoms include, loss of patients, increased respiration and heart rate, irritability when asked to stop for photos, some anxiety about accessability, and large toothy grins. In simpler terms, he smells the barn and off he goes!

The view looking up the South Fork of the Salmon River towards Warm Lake.

Headed back across the ridge.

Fluffy clouds and a cool dead tree!

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