Thirsty and Eagle (right) from Hwy 69. We could see spindrift blowing off the ridges, so we knew the banshees were waiting!
One of our first views of Eagle along the gentle road.
Spindrift dancing off the ridges on Eagle.
Darin nearing treeline as the wind begins to whip around in the trees.
Time for some Peeps power, baby! Darin gave me some in honor of upcoming Easter.
The northeast ridge above treeline was mostly windswept with sections of mostly firm snow.
Nearing the final push to the summit, which is on the left end of the ridge.
Darin climbing hard snow.
The final summit ridge now in sight, which narrowed a bit in spots.
Sastrugi formations carved by the wind on the ridge.
Darin along the ridgecrest. The wind would blow up the n.w. face, but on the east side it wasn't bad at all.
Taking in the views.
13123 and Cottonwood, which I'll come back for some summer.
13ers Lakes and Thirsty to the south.
Pano shot of me on the ridge courtesy of Darin Baker.
How about a summit shot on this fine day. I actually wore my hard shell more often than some of the winter 14ers I did this year! It was a balmy 30 degrees on the summit though.
Darin heading back down.
This was a cool little ridge run, highly recommended for a winter or spring hike. Almost 5K vertical, but not steep at all.
Parting shot of the summit ridge.