This is the site of the Grouse Gulch aid station during the Hardrock 100 run.
In upper Grouse Gulch near the saddle between Grouse and American Basin (Handies Peak area)
On the saddle looking into American Basin at American Peak.
The mighty Uncompahgre Peak from the saddle above American Basin.
Traversing over to the Victory couloir on American Peak.
Sloan Lake and Handies Peak from upper American Basin. The Hardrock route goes down the obvious ridge coming down and right from Handies' summit and then down the basin to the left in this photo.
Looking up the Victory Couloir. Nice!
Bill about midway through the couloir climb. The snow was great for step-kicking.
Nearing the top of the couloir.
A very enjoyable snow climb!
Vestal Peak and Arrow Peak seen from near the summit of American Peak.
Our next destinations--Jones Peak on right on Niagara Peak on left.
Niagara Peak from Jones Peak. We had some awesome boot skiing down the left snow slope on the return.
Bill boot skiing!
Niagara Peak on the descent.
Living the high life back at the trailhead!
Our friends Minesh, Laura and Mouser were up in American Basin. Here are two of them.