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The trail is well traveled and obvious as it winds through the lush spring forest.One of my favorite flowers - the Ladies Slipper.As we ascended into the clouds the atmosphere of the forest became surreal. We also started to wonder if we'd ever break out of the cloud / mist!As we ascended into the clouds the atmosphere of the forest became surreal. We also started to wonder if we'd ever break out of the cloud / mist!Wietse gets a burst of energy and charges up the trail in deep snow.Sunshine!The west slopes of Protection Mountain, looking south.Wietse breaks trail.The clouds provided good cover from the intense early summer sun.The slope was steep but not crazy steep.The slope was steep but not crazy steep.Ascending the west slopes.Ascending the west slopes.There were a few smaller cliff bands before the top.There were a few smaller cliff bands before the top.Raff kicks steps for a while as the slope steepens considerably at the top.The final section to the ridge was fun - steeper with firmer snow and interesting terrain.The final section to the ridge was fun - steeper with firmer snow and interesting terrain.Raff collapses from exhaustion as we hit the ridge. :)Taking a break on the ridge. Armor is the peak on the left, Protection (TV) on the right with Pulsatilla in the middle.