Longs Peak reflecting in aptly named Black Lake.
Jason climbing short slabs on the approach to Arrowhead.
Early light on the north face of Chiefs Head. Sadly, we weren't able to get up this 13er due to a storm.
Mighty Arrowhead looms above.
Kim checking out McHenrys, our 2nd goal for the day. We would ascend the n.e. arete, the ridge to the right.
As you climb, the terrain looks less daunting and class 3 options are there.
Jason and Kim climbing 3rd class slabs to the ramp the provides the easiest passage to the summit.
The east face of McHenrys.
Another shot of Chiefs Head.
Kim exiting the grassy ramp via 4th class fissured slabs.
Jason and I went around the corner and climbed easier but more exposed 3rd class terrain. Here's the view down.
Arrowhead draws closer.
Spearhead from Arrowhead.
A cool slab leans over the huge drop down into Glacier Gorge.
The n.e. arete route on McHenry's is via the ridge going right to left.
Jason and Kim on the easy part of the traverse. Note the cool rock cornices along the ridge.
We met up with these 3 girls on the summit of Arrowhead. Looking back to the summit of Arrowhead.
The route steepens as you draw closer to McHenry's, but doesn't exceed class 4 with a bit of routefinding.
Looking back at the amazing wave feature on Arrowhead.
Steeper terrain lies ahead.
An exposed move on the ridge high on McHenry's.
We descended the s.e. ridge of McHenry's. I dropped off the ridge and descended 4th class ledges here. I found the cairned route below this.
Jason and Kim stayed at or near the ridge crest, which was exposed 4th and low 5th class terrain.
Looking back up the south face of McHenrys.
Longs Peak framed by some precarious boulders on the ridge.
Looking back over to Arrowhead. Note the ramp we climbed splitting the face from left to right.
Shot of the lower n.w. ridge of Chiefs Head from near our turn around point. A quick storm rolled in and it started raining and hailing about 20 min later.
Longs, Pagoda, Spearhead.
Longs & Pagoda above Black Lake.
Chiefs Head looms above Black Lake.
Arrowhead from Black Lake. The summit ramp route is not totally in view from here.
Mills Lake on the descent. I walked across this last winter.