We knew that there would be snow, but the good weather was unexpected. Even the ferry ride was gorgeous. The four of us decided to snowshoe from the Rampart Hill chain-up area rather than going to Raven Lodge. The conditions were great: plenty of snow and, at -5° C, it was light and fluffy except where wind-packed. We meandered along a variety of tracked logging roads with excellent views of the mainland mountains. We stopped for lunch on an open knoll where we were pestered by Whiskey Jacks and then continued to ramble over the undulating area. We spent a while in untracked snow and then returned to the cars as the cloud above and below us increased. It was an easy day for the first outing. About 2 ½ hours; 6 km.
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