A Short Hike-GOG [Extra Quality]
I headed along the west ridge of Mount Magog, quickly coming across a rock outcropping. Rather than drop left around it, I decided to stick to the crest (Class 2) and continued unencumbered for a while until the landscape became a bit fractured, a maze of weird landscape features. I had to drop in and out of a few gullies and avoid some rock outcrops, but somehow managed to keep the route pretty straightforward and found myself back on the Naomi Peak Trail. I followed the trail to a saddle and then took the short spur trail to reach Naomi Peak. More excellent views.
A Short Hike-GOG
I started north along the ridgeline, where a social trail wrapped me around to the start of the ridge traverse to Bullen Peak Peak, but it faded away shortly after. I was in excellent spirits as the sweeping tundra around me was lit by morning light. Maybe I should start getting up earlier to enjoy more light like this. But like, probably not. Suddenly I came to a steep near-cliff, which surprised me since I sort of expected the ridgeline to be a no-brainer. Keeping mostly to the ridge crest, I descended loose Class 2, then side-hilled on more of the same. This section didn't last long, but it was totally out of character for the rest of the grassy traverse. After some more tundra walking, I made it to the summit of Bullen Hole Peak, which gave a really cool perspective toward Cherry Peak's sloped cliffs in the distance.
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