Jim & Adam
Talus hill on the way up
Snow started around 11,200 and it was deep
Posthole fest (for me) as I ditched snowshoes way too early on the approach
Jim found the old trench and postholing subsided
Sunshine (left) and subpeak
I was too slow taking the photo. The herd of big horn sheep took one look at me and headed for the hills. My guess is they are not used to seeing people on this trail.
Saddle, not a summit
I am still postholing (occasionally) so I stick to the rock (talus) as much as possible
Near 13,000. Last 1K feet to the summit of Sunshine
First look at the traverse over to Redcloud - and it looks loooong. We don't even know the worst part - Redcloud is not even visible.
Remaining route up Sunshine
Another look at the traverse over to Redcloud. At this point I am evaluating if it even doable without microspikes and an ice ax.
Jim on the final pitch up Sunshine
Made it to Sunshine ~12.15pm
Views from the summit
Looks like week-old avy debris
Looking back at Sunshine from the saddle with Redcloud
Jim on the traverse
The traverse becomes obvious. We don't know that a chunk of it is still not visible
Another look at old avy debris across the valley
Some ups and downs on the traverse
Now I see why they called it Redcloud
It is not over yet. Can you say a "Hoosier ridge"? Sure glad I had that valuable training...
Final pitch up Redcloud
Redcloud summit just before 2pm
Jim approaching Redcloud summit
Look at Sunshine and the 1.2 mile traverse
list of recent summiteers
Uncompahgre again (it is a very cool looking peak)
Looking west - the storm is brewing
Time to head back to Sunshine
Descending from Redcloud
Overview of the traverse back to Sunshine
Most technical part of the traverse - deep snow in spots and some avy danger
Storm is looming
Starting the traverse below Sunlight summit
Snow is bulletproof. Microspikes would be helpful
Done with the traverse. It is all downhill from here
Winds are really picking up at this point. Def in the 30-40 mph range, possibly more
Keeping an eye on the storm
Late afternoon sun on Sunshine ~4pm.
Storm from the west. Time to head down asap. Back to the car shortly after 6pm.
the infamous deer on the drive out