Man, your reports are always so much fun. This looks crazy (read: amazing). The quiet must have been almost suffocating at some points; snow has an amazing ability to absorb sound, lol. Tala seems like an awesome hiking buddy, too. Can't wait to start backpacking myself, and I have a couple pups that would adore it. ^.^
Thanks so much for sharing these with all of us, look forward to the next installment.