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Castle Peak and Andesite Peak, June 7, 2017

Two days earlier, while skiing Donner Summit, we noticed that Castle Peak had impressive snow coverage on its south facing slopes. This area would be our destination. We opted for a "dry" approach since the road/trail in was pretty well established and the snow was somewhat firm. Dry really isn't accurate. We each brought two extra pairs of socks to change into since our feet were cold and wet by the time we got to the ridge and were met by knock-you-on-your-ass winds. Good skiing with creamed corn snow made it all worthwhile.

Stev takes a pre-run selfie.
Stev

Stev starts skiing below Castle Peak with Andesite Peak in the background.
Stev

Spence skiing below Castle Peak with Andesite Peak in the background.
Spence

Stev skiing further down.
Stev

Next, we did a traverse/hike combo up toward Andesite Peak.

Spence skiing Andesite Peak.
Spence
Spence

Castle Peak panorama.
Castle Peak
There is still a lot of snow on south facing slopes in June.

Stev slarving some late afternoon soft-serve snow on Andesite Peak.
Stev

Stev completes a bonus leap at the end of our tour.
Stev

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