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dberdinka
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October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« on: 10/27/11, 08:25 PM »

A solitary day of wandering in my favorite valley.  A dusting of snow overnight in the parking lot slowly increasing to an inch on trail and somwhere around 2-4 above Hannegan Pass.  Visions of boot top blower on the glacier were not to be as a steady wind had reduced it to sanstrugi on boiler plate.  Fortunately the leeward east side of the peak was butter and excellent skiing was to be had.  Not a person in sight and I was a bit shocked to discover that no one else had even bothered to hike up to the pass.   













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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #1 on: 10/27/11, 09:15 PM »

Mouth-watering! Beautiful area...
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #2 on: 10/27/11, 09:33 PM »

I was a bit shocked to discover that no one else had even bothered to hike up to the pass.   





Looks like a cougar or lynx was out enjoying the day as well!  Great photos, thanks!
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #3 on: 10/27/11, 09:36 PM »

Awesome photos!  Looks like you got a wonderful day up there.

About my favorite place of anywhere.
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chrism
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #4 on: 10/27/11, 11:09 PM »

Well played, and documented.
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #5 on: 10/28/11, 04:44 PM »

Nice. Ruth is a nice ski early season...and you can't beat the views. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #6 on: 10/28/11, 10:30 PM »

What a great trip report, this is the second TR of Mt Ruth of late, and it looks like such a great ski. I have never been, but It sure is on my list, thanks.
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Mtraslin
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #7 on: 10/29/11, 12:17 AM »

Good one!
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #8 on: 10/30/11, 01:54 PM »

Looks like a cougar or lynx was out enjoying the day as well!  Great photos, thanks!
Are you sure that's a cat print, with those claws?  We're wondering if it was a bear, out snacking before hibernating....under all those mountainous snowfalls starting any day now....
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #9 on: 10/30/11, 05:43 PM »

Definitely a beautiful trip.  Thanks for taking the time to share.  I can't wait to try that area out myself.
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #10 on: 10/30/11, 06:45 PM »

Are you sure that's a cat print, with those claws?  We're wondering if it was a bear, out snacking before hibernating....under all those mountainous snowfalls starting any day now....

Definitely with claw marks.  But doesn't look like a black bear:


So it was a very large dog or



Problem is are there 4 or 5 toes?

But definitely not a cat?



Martens have 5 toes, but their tracks are small:



How about wolverine?



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... want your own private skintrack? Better move to the yukon dude. (B'ham Allen, 2011).
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #11 on: 10/30/11, 08:53 PM »

Long as we're nitpicking, quibbling and hijacking, I believe that's "Ruth Mountain."  "Mt. Ruth" is located elsewhere.

Mark
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dberdinka
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #12 on: 10/30/11, 09:44 PM »

Thanks Andy for bringing up an interesting subject (the claw marks)

I was puzzled by the claw marks but dismissed the idea that it might be a wolf simply because that doesn't seem particularly reasonable.  They were large, much bigger than the coyote tracks I've seen in the past .It certainly was a not a dog, I was the only car in the lot and they appeared only briefly maybe 1-2 miles up the trail.  Wish I had taken the time to find the clearest print. 

In that shot the bottom track is I think two tracks partially overlayed, the top one might be better for identification. The wolverine idea seems promising as it's hard to tell if there are 4 or 5 toes in those tracks.
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #13 on: 10/31/11, 09:13 AM »

I showed the track to a friend of mine who does a lot of animal tracking, and she said it's likely that it's a wolverine. Which is pretty rare... you got lucky! Any additional pictures?
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Re: October 27, 2011 Mount Ruth
« Reply #14 on: 11/02/11, 10:03 PM »

I was going to say definitely not cat since the claws are showing.  At first I was thinking large coyote or wolf but the 5 toes makes that seem unlikely.  My best guess was wolverine as well.  I have seen one in the Mt. Baker area and my dad saw another up on Cougar Divide last August.  They are around...
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