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Hiking, Top Trips

A weekend with the Pooperine

I’ve been waiting for someone else to write a trip report from this thing so I could just post some photos and add a lazy link to their writings, but everyone seems to be afflicted with the same bout of winter laziness.

Come on, slowpoke!

Todd

A couple of weeks ago, our group of intrepid hikers (including one snowmobiler and a flock of four-leggers) migrated east of the crest to spend a long weekend at the Table Mountain A-Frame Cabin. Faced with a harrowing 7.5-mile road walk to reach our destination, those of us who weren’t burdened with overloaded pulks chose the shortcut over Diamond Head (cutting 2.5 miles while only adding 300 feet of additional elevation gain).

Teanaway

The lardier of us (no offense, Jasper!) huffed and puffed up the steep slopes feeling every ounce of our overnight packs (tents had been replaced with wine and fresh produce for this glamping experience). The summit itself was treed and offered no dazzling views, but as we made our way down the ridge, Tahoma and a very pointy Mount Stuart dominated the horizon.

I's werking dog. I's carry mah own fud.

Tisha, Rowena & Tahoma

I choose neither to recount nor remember the remaining road walk up to the cabin.

Settlers of Table Mountain

The softest pillow around

Safely ensconced in the a-frame, food was eaten, games were played, drinks were drunk and dogs were used as pillows. At some point during the first night, we realized We Were Not Alone. For some reason I still cannot fathom, I leaned over and shined my headlamp into the vault toilet. I was surprised to see two mice scurrying about in our waste (feasting on undigested pieces of corn, no doubt), but a perusal of the guest book told us that our smelly new pets were known as the Pooperine and his sidekick, Poopacabra.

Table Mountain Cabin

The next day we set out on a never-ending snowshoe to Mount Lillian. Most of us gave up and returned to the cabin to drink, but a handful of travelers made it to the summit. They’ll have to write about that themselves.

More food was eaten, more drinks were drunk, more games were played, and more offerings were made to the Pooperine.

Blue skies! Group shot, part deux Good morrow

On the last morning, our group split once more – the peak baggers set out to conquer each and every bump in the vicinity of the cabin, while the rest of us enjoyed excellent sledding and mini skiing down a nearby hill.

Sunrise

I choose neither to recount nor remember the 7.5-mile road walk back to the trailhead.

Mini ski race

Special thanks to Andrea, Tisha (and their respective menfolk) for arranging this fabulous trip, and to Steve for risking everything in order to safely transport our beer to the cabin…and to everyone else for making it such a great weekend.

For information on how you can book a night in this Moste Excellente of Mountain Dwellings, look here.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Schmidt Alti-Babe February 10, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Sweet write up of the trip, thanks for doing it!

  • Reply GeoTom February 11, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for writing it up. You didn’t feel any pressure, did you? ;)

  • Reply Tracy February 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    That night shot of the cabin is GORGEOUS!

  • Reply Patty O'Malley February 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    What wonderful photos–particularly the breathtaking one of the cabin at night. You should sell copies of that!

  • Reply Luv2talk February 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Your photos are amazing. I love to just come here and look!

  • Reply Monnie Luepke September 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds additionally, Thanks.

  • Reply Jill September 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    What amazing pictures!! What type of camera are you using? I came across your site because I happen to have booked this cabin for next January, and was hoping someone posted about it, so thank you, its awesome! Any recommendations on longer vs shorter route in/out? Approximately how long did it take? Unfortunately we won’t have a snowmobile to help us haul things, but I’m sure it’ll be fun none-the-less!

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