Gorgeous view of Pikes from Crystal Creek reservoir.
Views on the approach to Little Italy above Glen Cove.
The entrance to Little Italy.
Looking down to Glen Cove.
Little Italy is a short, moderate snow climb on the north face above Glen Cove. I'm about halfway up. There was probably 4-6 inches of new snow on top of a firm, shallow base here.
Getting closer to the top.
Looking over to the left side of the couloir near the top. This is where I should have been. The right side was wind loaded on a n.e facing aspect.
Looking down from near the top. Snow looks pretty non-threatening here.
Near the top I decide to cut right and get out as soon as I can, which was a mistake. The right side was loaded with about 8-10" of new snow and a slab broke loose a few seconds after I shot this.
Avy debris from an isolated wind slab near the top of the couloir. The crown was probably about a foot deep. I was at top center of pic just a few feet below the ridge when it broke and I was on it for 10-15 feet before I was able to exit climber's left. The slab was pretty shallow for the most part, but those big blocks are scary!
Another shot of the crown.
View from the top.
Road walk to the n.w. ridge. I took the trail for some of the way.
One of my favorite views on the Crags route.
Little Pikes. No time to repeat this one.
The summit is up there somewhere.
The deserted summit. I had the whole mountain to myselft today.
Time to high tail it down the road to Glen Cove. Rangers told me to be back to my car by 4pm, but I didn't summit until 1:30!
Pikes reveals herself. The snowy talus sucked, so I took the road down.
Rumdoodle Ridge and the north face looking pretty sparse.
Sweet view of Litle Italy
Zoom of the top of Little Italy. Avy debris is visible. The debris ended up going down much farther than I thought.