Code Red(2)

TNAB Goes Code Red 2
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“Emergency, Stat – we can’t seem to locate a sunset view”

Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Schmidt Alti-Dude:

A heroic group of TNABers set out on a pilgrimage to the temple of Tusk O’Granite – which is reported to be a splendid altar to nature with breathtaking views and inspiring surroundings. The path to enlightenment is never easy; therefore we were immediately faced with a soul sucking half-mile road walk. However, all ways lead to The Way and we were able to strengthen our spirits and managed to make the trailhead without incident.

The combination of mud, slush, and occasional hard snow had us follow the way of the Drunken Monkey as we slipped and slid our way up the trail. The first few miles went by quickly and soon we were at the Talapus Lake junction. At this point a few of the pilgrims became lost on their journey and proceeded to the lake. Luckily some of the more devout fanatics were able to redirect us onto the right path. We followed the way of the Scampering Mouse as we crossed extremely narrow snow covered logs over two branches of the creek to reach the deep, soft snow on the other side.

After struggling through the snow for a brief period by way of the Crashing Rhinoceros, we stopped to don our magic sandals that lifted our souls so we could walk on top of the snow. We then followed the way of the Hungry Snake and wound around trees, through brush, and over creeks until we found the path that connects Ollalie Lake to the Pratt Lake trail. At the Pratt Lake-Ollalie Lake trail junction we headed uphill in the direction of the sun’s awakening. Soon we were following the way of the Plodding Mule, methodically putting one foot in front of the other while staring at the ass in front of us.

The bone chilling wind at the top of Red 2 Ridge convinced us that we’d all received enough illumination for this day. As we headed down we tried to follow the way of the Gently Falling Feather but more succeeded in the way of the Careening Boulder (otherwise know as the way of Screw-these-damn-snowshoes/crap-fell-in-a-tree-well/calf-cramp/#%&!) until we reached more level ground. From there it was the way of Waddling Penguins, even occasionally sliding forward on our bellies in the icy parts, back to our vehicles. We then proceeded to the Pour House where the adept Kim the bartender led us to achieve the nirvana that only comes from bellies full of cold beer and hot food.

Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Tusk O’Granite Info

3 Responses to “Code Red(2)”

  1. Jo says on :

    NWHikers recent trip report

  2. ewb says on :

    Good to see someone’s been up there. They used the NW ridge instead of the south ridge over Red 2 route that we favor. Some 40s, rain, and maybe 3-6″ of new snow up there this week, should make Thursday interesting. I’ll run up tomorrow afternoon and check the road conditions, unless someone beats me to it.

  3. ewb says on :

    Why, oh, why couldn’t today have been Thursday?! What great weather. Anyway, just back from running up there to check the road and found it mostly unchanged from Yukon’s report – still can’t make that last hard right-hander. But lots of room to park around there. We’re looking to hit the trail about a half hour early for the extra 1/2 mile and because we’ve got a long snowy way to go and a short time to get there. 🙂