Views near the entrance from the trail to RPR. Notice the multiple drainages at the bottom.
Drainages at the bottom of the East Face slab.
The glacial valley that drains the face.
Rocky Peak Ridge.Small rubble slides on its flank.
First views of the mid slide ledge while traversing downward to the north.
SE slab is free of neve and ice flows. Dominant crease where the SE and E face join is in upper left of photo.
Ledges and the crease.
South side of the slab has lots of natural protection...alders and such.
Looking up from the drainage at the crease...trying to spy a way up the ledges somewhere between conservative and vertical.
Sort of like a stone tsunami from this angle. One possible weakness is at the far left...not the one I took.
Most of the stone is covered with ice...select bits are exposed after this past weeks thaw.
...from whence I descended.
Higher up the slab and getting steeper.
A little climbing up ice to break the monotony of neve.
Overhanging portion of the ledge.
Layering of the SE face.
Having fun now, the best yet to come.
My chosen route up the ledges, the area where Rico (WalksWithBlackflies) and I descended in summer a few years ago...steep but broken.
It increases in pitch on approach.
Central portion of the ledge from a nearby perspective.
It's about that steep.
The most technical portion.
Chunk of ice fallen from above. Sun starting to break through the heavy cloudcover.
Soft ice for good front-pointing. A little more thickness would have made my axes a bit happier, it required a delicate touch not to hit the anorthosite.
Here we go...
Level platforms of ice en route.
Straight up (about 50 or so degrees at this point).
Near a break in the grade.
Traverse over to the right now.
Getting closer to a vegetative reprieve.
Top portion of the ledges, you can no longer see the dominant set.
Primary drainage and my route up.
Looking up the highest tributary toward the ridge.
A moment to relax. It was warming a bit.
Looking back down the center tributary.
Bushwhack to the summit proper. Time for snowshoes.
Looking down the West Face drainage; tulip on the left.
Haystack, Gothics and part of the Range.
Open rock on the Eagle in the background. This pic makes it look like ice, but it's mostly open wet slab.
Dix, Beckhorn slide left and northern Finger Slides (right).
GIant's Washbowl and the Empress/Emperor Slab on the left. Dix/Noonmark in the background.
Ice flow on the Empress.
Ice and stream pics.