Pics en route. Distant shot from Algonquin on December 24th, 2011.
Rough approximation of our route...definitely not the only one available.
SPOT track of the ascent. Ignore false tracks mid picture off slide.
Nangaparbat at north end of Avalanche Lake...about an hour and thirty minutes from the trailhead.
Tsunami cloud to the south.
Looking north from the center of Avalanche Lake.
Nangaparbat taking pics of the trap dike.
Footwall of the Zucchini Slide, southernmost of the Avalanche Slides on Colden's western side.
Working our way up the ledges...about 100' up.
Nangaparbat with Lake Colden and Flowed Lands in background.
Fields of ice about 200' vertical. Under this area is open pitted anorthosite...also the widest area of the slide.
Steep ice flow about 250' up.
Following in Nangaparbat's footsteps.
300' vertical feet up the pitch dies off a bit.
Twin tributaries from mid slide.
Typical mid-slide pitch.
Algonquin's Bear Paw and Elevator Shaft slides.
Looking down the ice from the top of the northern tributary.
Photo by Nangaparbat
Rime on spruce.
Rime lit by an obscured sun.
First steps of breaking trail through the trees.
Locking my gloves down. One took a slide down the slide earlier in the day.
Into the trees.
Nangaparbat waist deep in the crusty snow.
More solid footing at the base of the cliffs of the summit ridge.
Last steps of the bushwhack, just meters from the summit.