Jim and Karen on one of the many stream crossings in the dark.
Columbia Pt and Kit Carson at sunrise.
On the cliffs above Willow Lake.
Majestic Columbia Pt & Kit Carson. Kirk Couloir in center.
Lower cliffs guard easy access to the first peak, Pt 13541.
Outward Bound Couloir
I traversed below the summit of 13541 on grassy class 2+ terrain.
The long route to Adams, which holds many surprises.
Kit Carson and Challenger from 13541. My friends were almost to the ridgeline on Challenger.
The airy summit of Pt 13541.
Pt 13517, a soft-ranked peak only 3' short of being ranked.
Looking back to 13541 and the Crestones, easy terrain so far.
Columbia Pt & Kit Carson
Adams getting closer
Tedious downclimb to avoid towers on n.w. ridge of 13517.
More towers keep me off the ridge crest.
Easier terrain leads me back to the ridge.
Majestic Willow Lake basin. Our camp is at the upper right of the lake.
Looking back at the towers that made me bail off the ridge.
The summit of 13580, a bi-centennial 13er.
Looking back at the complicated ridge between 13517 & 13580. I had to bail off the ridge twice.
The steep south face of Adams looms.
A 4th class exit of a rib was necessary below the south ridge.
Summit block now in sight. The route traverse on ledges to the right.
Ledge walk on east face of Adams, wider than it looks.
Nearby Pt 13546. Not enough gas left in the tank for this one.
Kit Carson and Challenger.
Looking down from the summit block of Adams to the ledge traverse.
The majestic Crestones. People visible on Crestone Needle to left.
Sangre eye candy
Kevin Donovan and myself on Adams summit.
View of Adams from basin on Adams standard route.
Waterfall below Willow Lake.
Classic Willow Lake
GPS track going counter-clockwise.