–Submitted by Ken Warren
January 8, 2022
After a flurry of early morning communications and a change in leader, five of us headed for Mt Elma on snowshoes from Raven Lodge. Although the parking lot was full, the trails were quiet. Fortunately someone had the same destination in mind and kindly broke trail for us. Conditions were ok with the temperature around minus 4, light snow, and light wind. The snow is quite deep and loose so it took some effort to get up to the summit ridge. Visibility was almost nil, but the windrifted snow and the mantled trees made the trip worthwhile.
We made the summit and met our trail breaking benefactors and had a quick lunch. The descent was much quicker and much more fun than the ascent, as we wallowed down through the deep snow. We returned the same way we came past Kooso Lake and over Battleship Lake and made it back to the parking lot in 4.5 hours. It was a good day with good company. Thanks.