|Heading up in the morning|
We were walking up the nice trial on the North Fork of Big Creek by 6AM in clear skies. 70% chance or precip? It sure didn't appear like that was going to happen. In a little less than a mile, we took a hard right and followed a faint trail up the steep hillside. This faint trail eventually petered out as snow patches started to appear.
|Dave trying to stay on top of the snow|
|Michael finding his way through the trees|
|The summit is in sight.|
|Leatherman begging to be skied!|
|John and Dave busting some lungs|
|John and Michael at the summit|
|Summit shot before the math professors arrived|
|Of course Dave spotted his usual quota of mountain goats.|
|Zoomed in on the three goats.|
I think the glissaders had much more fun!
The snow was still variable, even above 10K feet. We would make good time across the solid portions of snow, only to fall through on the rotten portions. This rotten snow necessitated what John called "technical ice crawling".
|Yours truly practicing "technical ice crawling" - Photo courtesy of D. Pahlas|
|The summit of Flatiron peak (11,019')|
|A couple of serious avalanche debris fields|
|Looking back at Big Creek Peak.|
|Dropping down off Flatiron with Peak 10571 in the foreground|
|Looking back at Big Creek (left) and Flatiron from Peak 10571|
Time: 12 hours (camp to camp)
Distance: 11 miles