Jan 24-25 2004
random trip report
Erica and I drive to Truckee, fail to find a room, drive on to Reno, reject rip-off 'Boomtown' ($109), end up at the Stardust Motel ($40, but note to self: never stay there again; rock-hard bed).
Next morning we drive back to Donner Pass and park at Boreal. We cross the highway, put on snowshoes, and hike up the Pacific Crest Trail for a few hundred yards. Then we head north off the trail, and climb towards the south flank of Castle Peak. I leave a tired Erica, and go off on a 30-minute sprint up to the country-rock bluffs at the summit. I remove snowshoes and climb a short 5.2 gully up to the top, then glissade most of the way down.
It's a wonderful, warm sunny day, great just to be out there.
We chat with a guy from Stanford taking an avalanche course.
We have coffee at Boreal,
and stop in Davis for dinner on the way back.