The Iron Gates of Meeker's northeast ridge
Alpenglow on the Loft, the Ship's Prow, and the Diamond
Longs' East Face from higher up
Mt Lady Washington
The Black Wall past the Iron Gates
Cairn wannabes on the Iron Gates
Can't get enough of that!
A fun, sporty exit from the Iron Gates to the ridge proper
Looking up the ridgeline to Meeker's summit (the one on the right)
Close-up. Although it looks lower, the point on the right is the summit of Mt Meeker
Mt Meeker, the Loft, Longs Peak
The sheer north face of Mt Meeker
Shawn coming up the sweet northeast ridge of Meeker
The ridge from Meeker's false summit to the true summit. This would make a good warm-up for Capitol's Knife Edge.
This was pretty sweet! Definitely more difficult than we had expected (don't know how it's rated just class 3), but not too hard - just super fun! The hard part was getting onto it from the east summit of Meeker.
Shawn on the ridge
Very airy up there
This ridge certainly is easier than Capitol's. There were places where I felt comfortable walking across - unlike on Capitol. But it is not to be taken lightly.
Once past the knife edge part, there was still some exposure getting past some rocks blocking the way to the summit.
We went around to climber's right.
Summit of Mt Meeker
That's where we're heading!
Shawn on the ledge that leads to Clark's Arrow
Clark's Arrow. Do you see the white circle with the arrow? It looks pretty faded.
Shawn coming up the Homestretch.
Almost there! I see the summit cairn!
Where is everybody?!
I guess they've all left already. There were only about 4 to 6 others when we arrived (2 park rangers), and 2 more came up from Kiener's route as we were arriving. I guess it pays to be slow sometimes.
Cotton t-shirt, shorts, baseball cap - what a newbie!
Follow the red and yellow brick road
The Narrows. I didn't recognize the chockstone at all! I just passed right by it. We did find the metal bars.
Passing through the Keyhole
In true newbie fashion, we pass through the Keyhole with a storm brewing past the Boulderfield. We heard a little thunder and I saw a little flash of lightning, but it didn't amount to anything, and passed to the north of us anyway.
Down, down, down