We check into Temperance River SP and immediately go down to the beach for a short scouting trip.
This beach has a lot of indication of being the preferred swimming hole. We hike up the beach and find an ideal spot for a beach fire. The plan is to return after dinner for a small clandestine fire.
Back inland and the river ice is poor but the trail is old snow melt and slush now frozen into a nasty mess that's very unpleasant to walk on but the weather is almost nice and we have the place to ourselves so we press on and hike up stream with a plan of crossing over and heading down the other side.
I have some mechanics wire and zip ties and it only takes an hour to weave the first prototype. I tie it to the wife's boot and we are outside looking for sheet ice and it isn't long before we confirm the design is a winner. I weave one pair after dinner and the other before breakfast. My fingers are raw but we are set for ice.
45 minutes of near bushwhacking and we realize the trail doesn't go to the summit in winter but wolf tracks probably do. I've been following 'dog' and hiker prints for 2+ hours and the only thing left is the dog and I realize it's wolf. I confirm that by finding some wolf scat on the trail. I see a cliff on the map and we are close so I find a natural path to the cliff for a mid-summit photos. The plan was to summit but this will have to do.
Scooby is wiped out and goes to bed without us and on that note, good bye.