Departing the Cross Mt. Trailhead around 7am on Friday morning. Note the lack of snow in the parking lot.
Looking towards Sheep Mountain just after leaving the Cross Mt. Trailhead.
A nicely packed skin/snowshoe track lead all the way to the base of Lizardhead.
First view of Lizardhead on Friday morning.
Looking at our planned destinations--Gladstone Peak (13,913') is just left of center and just right of center is Wilson Peak (14,017').
Closeup of Gladstone's east face, our planned route.
Looking at the Mount Wilson Massif and Gladstone Peak on the right from the saddle between Cross Mountain and Lizardhead.
Lines showing our routes on the peaks. The lower portion of the route on Wilson Peak cannot be seen from this vantage.
Room with a view! Camp is set up by 11:00am. Time to try to climb Gladstone!
Camp with Lizardhead.
Time to crampon up and stash the snowshoes & splitboard at 12,500'
Working up the steep slope below the prominent rock outcropping.
The prominent rock outcropping and cliff band. We'd pass the outcropping on the right and climb through the cliff band on the left.
Nice view of Telluride ski area (far right) and the surrounding valley. Note Mount Sneffels (14,150') near the center of the photo.
Navigating through the cliff band.
Ah, nice snow above the cliff band.
On the southeast ridge of Gladstone.
On the final slope of the east ridge of Gladstone.
Self portrait, Gladstone Peak, 13,913', 02/09/2007, 2:37 pm, with Wilson Peak in the background.
PB jar register and north ridge of Gladstone extending to Wilson Peak.
The register placed by Ken Nolan in September 2006.
Cynthia signing the register with Mount Wilson and El Diente in the background.
It was a gorgeous time on the summit! A great view of the surrounding peaks and quite warm and calm for February!
Cynthia and I enjoying the summit for 20 minutes or so.
Time to descend. The snow was quite good for plunge-stepping down allowing us to move quickly.
As we descended the weather got even better!
Lizardhead from about 13,000' on Gladstone Peak.
Yet another, of many, shot of Lizardhead. It's just so striking!
Nice clouds make for a sweet backdrop to Lizardhead.
Sweet light and clouds at sunset.
Wilson Peak on fire. We'd climb it the next day, http://picasaweb.google.com/halladay/WilsonPeak1401702102007#