Jamie takes his turn at stiff trail breaking on the approach to treeline.
Dominic leads up our steep line to the west ridge, which avoided additional wallowing in the trees.
Sarah and Jamie on the killer calf burner express.
Jamie tops out on the steep part to the base of the west ridge.
The easy but long west ridge of Missouri. The summit never seemed to get closer.
Unranked high 13er Iowa Peak, which we added later in the day.
Centennial 13ers Ice and N. Apostle in the background.
14er Huron peak to the west. This one is an even longer approach in winter.
The west ridge mellows out a bit, then steepens again before joining the standard route on the n.w. ridge.
The view up the long n.w. ridge of Missouri from where the west ridge joins at 13900'.
Dominic and Sarah on the ridgecrest.
The well guarded summit of Missouri. The summer trail traverses below this cliff band, but unstable snow kept us on the crest of the ridge. Luckily, it's easier than it looks but is very exposed.
Nearing the crux cliff band on Missouri.
A short 3rd class scramble brings us to the ridge crest, then it's an airy and snowy class 2 above this.
Dominic and Sarah on the summit.
Looking down the n.w. ridge of Missouri to a sea of Sawatch peaks.
Dominic and Sarah relaxing after a hard earned summit.
Looking south to Iowa and centennial Emerald. We had enough gas left in the tank to head over.
Paying tribute to my home state on the summit of Missouri!
The easy ridge run to Iowa.
Jamie on the summit of Missouri.
Sarah nears the summit of Iowa.
Dominic and Missouri. The n.w. ridge we climbed is to the left.
13er "Silver King" to the south from Emerald. This peak kicked my butt back in July.
Our track down from the Iowa/Emerald saddle.
Sunset over unnamed 13517.
Another pristine sunset shot.
A hard fought snowshoe trench. We had enough wallowing to last a winter on this trip!
Me scooting down a small pinnacle on the ridgecrest. The tiny cornice you see here broke off as I passed by. Pic courtesy of Sarah T. Meiser.