View from the trailhead
We weren't the only ones...
And they're off!
Hiking near the trailhead
View up Avalanche Gulch
Bruce, Steve, Margie, Dave
Near Horse Camp
Unstable storm system moving in
Steve in the rain
Traverse from Horse Camp to Climber's Gully
Start of the steep part
Margie and Dave
Making progress, near 50/50
View of the upper mountain
Looking down toward 50/50
Margie and Dave in a brief break in the clouds
Avy Gulch, with Red Banks at the top
Shadows on Casaval Ridge
Helen Lake: our home for a day
Panorama from 50/50
Good Morning, Margie! It's 3am... time to get up!
6am, near the Heart
String of climbers
Margie at the Red Banks (my lens cover was frozen, so it didn't open all the way)
Some climber dude near the top of the Red Banks
Some mountain thing
Don't jump, man! It's not worth it!
Seems like the weather changed every 5 minutes or so...
Some dude at the top of the Konwokiton Glacier (berschrund 10 feet behind him!)
This guy's camera died, so I took a picture and gave him my web site address. Hopefully he finds it!
Japanese people dressed up in bright primary colors
Above the Red Banks
Dave and Steve up ahead
Margie is Hard Core, with a capital HC
I like the perspective on this one
Misery Hill. w00t!
Hi Margie! Your helmet's on crooked!
Clouds rolling in (but notice that we're above the system off in the distance)
Really nice bergschrund on the Whitney Glacier
Margie and all of our friends. (We were quite popular.)
The summit is in view! (on the right)
We walked above the clouds. How 'bout that?
So it got a little cold.... This is why I take Nalgene bottles on cold trips: so I can hack the ice out of the wide mouth.
Summit panorama 1
Margie traversing over to the summit
It was less steep than it looks
Stinky fumaroles way down below (notice the volcanic gases coming out)
What's left of the volcanic crater
Just about there!
Really weird accreted rock/ice crystal things
Steve and Dave flashing gang signs from the top
The top of the world (or at least Northern California)
Steve at the summit
Me at the summit
Back into the clouds
Home, sweet home!
Dave's massive pack
Trip stats (back at the car)
Our route (GPS tracks)