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Little Bear and the Blanca group from the west.
Beginning the climb, Little Bear Pk.
The route on Little Bear from early in the climb.
A tricky gully on the face.
Looking west from Little Bear.
Looking north along the Rockies from Little Bear.
The North Face of Blanca Peak from the Huerfano Basin.
Rope-up spot, NF of Blanca Peak.
A few long pitches of almost totally unprotected lower-5th class climbing constitutes the major challege of this climb.
Looking for protection, NF of Blanca Pk.
Looking to the north from the NF of Blanca. Note itty-bitty climber at the end of a long rope.
On the traverse to Ellingwood Pk., the NF of Blanca can be seen in profile on the left.
Mt. Lindsey from camp, sunset. The NW ridge is on the left.
Scrambling the NW ridge of Mt. Lindsey with the Huerfano Basin behind. Above here, the best climbing stays on the knife-edged ridge.
Lynn on the NW ridge of Mt. Lindsey.
Summit, Mt. Lindsey.
Ellingwood Ledges. Our favorite of the 14ers, 5 ascents over 20 years. The route is on the right skyline.
A friendly goat at the base of Crestone Needle.
Just getting started on a largely ropeless ascent of the Direct Ellingwood Ledges route.
Other climbers on Crestone Needle. This was my first Colorado 14er in 1980.
On the north ridge (Ellingwood Ledges route).
About halfway up the Ellingwood Ledges route.
At the crux section, Crestone Needle.
Final pitch, Crestone Needle.
Mark leading the crux pitch on a fast ascent (2 hrs, 20min.) of the Direct Route. Lynn and I later lowered the time to 1 hr. 19min.
The summit of Crestone Needle, looking west towards Crestone Peak.
A friend on the summit, Crestone Needle.
Descending, Crestone Needle.
Descent of the back (south) side, Crestone Needle.
Photo op on the descent. Mt. Humboldt behind.
Messing around the night before a climb of the Red Gully on Crestone Peak (the snow gully above my head)
Early morning in the lower Red Gully, Crestone Peak.
In the Red Gully, Crestone Peak.
An unorthodox approach to Kit Carson Peak (visible as high point in photo)
The South Ridge of Kit Carson Peak is on the left. The tower provides the most climbing fun.
The South Ridge of Kit Carson Peak in profile.
Looking over at Crestone Needle and the Red Gully, in poor condition for climbing.
On the South Ridge of Kit Carson Peak
On the "trail" back out to the west. Deadfall from a forest fire makes this an ordeal.
Approaching Mt. Wilson and El Diente.
The lake below Mts. Wilson and El Diente.
On the snow slopes, west side of Mt. Wilson.
Nearing summit, Mt. Wilson.
On the ridge between Mt. Wilson and El Diente.
Approach to San Luis Pk. from the north, Fall.
Approch trail, Mt. San Luis. Not an interesting climb, but a great wilderness hike.
Mt. Sneffels from the NW
Approaching the NF of Mt. Sneffels.
Approaching the couloir on the North Face, Mt. Sneffels.
Looking down the bowling alley of the NF Couloir, Mt. Sneffels.
Setting an anchor, NF of Sneffels.
The long SE ridge of La Plata in profile on the left.
Mark belaying on a 5th-class section.
Typical spot on the SE ridge.
About half-way along the ridge.
Looking back down the ridge.
Your typical summit shot, with the ridge behind us.
Descending the normal route, La Plata Pk.
Beginning the hike to Capitol Pk (seen on the left)
The E. ridge of Capitol, on the left, is the route.
Beginning the ridge of Capitol Pk.
Looking up the ridge, Capitol Pk.
An easy but highly exposed section on the ridge.
Skiing into Mt. Harvard in winter.
Mt. Harvard, January.
Near the summit of Mt. Harvard.
The final ridge section, Mt. Harvard.
Summit of Mt. Harvard, winter.
The central couloir on Cross Mtn.
Camp north of Cross Mtn.
Getting the gear out at the base of the Cross couloir. Turns out we needed only a single standard ice axe.
Postholing up the Cross couloir. In conditions of hard ice, it would be considerably more serious.
Looking out on the central Rockies from Cross Mtn.
On descent, Cross Mtn.
On the approach hike to Snowmass Mtn, one of the prettiest areas of Colorado.
We camped near this lake at the base of Snowmass Mtn.
Partway up Snowmass Mtn.
On the summit ridge, Snowmass Mtn
Summit of Snowmass Mtn
The classic postcard view of the Bells from the north.
The basin to the north of the Bells after an early season snow storm
Hiking the regular route on North Maroon.
View from N. Maroon Bell.
Descending to a notch between N. and S. Maroon Bells.
The crux of the scramble between the two Maroon Bells.
On the ridge between the Bells, looking toward Snowmass.
Approaching Long's Peak. The Diamond is the face in shadow.
Panorama of the NF (Diamond) of Long's Peak. Our route was near the middle of the photo.
Hanging out at Chasm View the night before the climb.
Mike Baker on a scenic traverse.
On the Diamond.
A good belay ledge on the Diamond.
Rick & Mike waiting out a hail storm on the Diamond.
Rick doing the hero lead on the wet crux pitch. I'd have retreated, whimpering the entire way.
Blowing bubbles on the summit of Mt. Elbert, the highest of the Colorado 14ers.