The town of Ophir and Ophir Pass from the approach hike to Cracked Canyon and Ophir Wall.
Sunshine Mountain, Gladstone Peak and Wilson Peak at dawn from our campsite.
Sunday morning, Bill, Courtney, George and I headed to the Cross Mountain TH near Lizard Head Pass so that Bill and I could climb Gladstone Peak, 13,913' while Courtney and George would head out to climb Lizard Head.
Lizard Head very much dominates the view on the approach hike
Our objective for the day was the snow climb up the east face of Gladstone Peak, the peak on the right in this photo.
Traversing the snow slope at about 12,200' towards Gladstone.
If you look closely at the snow in the middle of the photo, below the rock outcropping, you can see what we believe is a fox. We “chased” it up the snow couloir in the upper left of this photo.
Gladstone's summit appears easily attainable from this vantage. We climbed the snow couloir on the right of this photo to gain the ridge about 200' below the summit. Easy snow climbing and scrambling along the ridge took us to the summit by 11:30am.
Entering the couloir. Giant sun cups made for a stair-like ascent of the couloir.
Bill popping out onto the ridge with Wilson Peak in the background.
Self portrait, Gladstone Peak, 13,913', 6/15/2008, 11:26am
We enjoyed at least 1,000' of pure glissading fun on the descent
Back at the Cross Mountain TH just before 2:00pm. A super fun, six-hour outing before our long drive home to Los Alamos.