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Monday, July 25, 2005

Alpine Rock: Prusik Peak - July 23, 2005

On Saturday, July 23, 2005 Hunter and I climbed Prusik Peak in a day via the West Ridge (5.7). Approach was via Colchuck Lake/Asgaard Pass. This was one of the finest days I've ever had in the mountains - climbing with a good friend on a beautiful summer day on a classic route. Doesn't get better than that.
  • Distance: 20 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 5,200 feet
  • Time: 16 hours, 15 minutes car-to-car
We camped in the Icicle Friday night, got up at 4 a.m. Saturday and were on the trail to Colchuck Lake by 5:35. We were at the base of the West Ridge by 11:30, climbing by noon, summited at 2:30, and descended back to the base by 4:00. We took our time hiking back to Asgaard Pass, basking in the beauty of a perfect summer day in the Enchantments. We gained the junction of the Stuart and Colchuck trails by 9 p.m., hiked the remaining distance by headlamp and were at the the parking lot before 10:00. At camp we consumed some munchies and beer and crashed for the night. I don't remember sleeping more soundly.

DRAGONTAIL IN THE MORNING LIGHT


HUNTER HUMPING IT UP ASGAARD PASS


DRAGONTAIL PANORAMA


GOAL IN SIGHT


THE WEST RIDGE


READY TO CLIMB!


HUNTER FOLLOWS PITCH ONE


EXHILARATING EXPOSURE ON THE TRAVERSE PITCH


SUMMIT


BEAUTIFUL DAY, BEAUTIFUL PEAK


WOULDN'T BE THE ALPINE LAKES WITHOUT A GOAT


LITTLE ANNAPURNA


... AND MORE GOATS




LOOKING BACK


A WEARY HUNTER


More pictures: Prusik Peak - July 23, 2005 photo set on Flickr ยป

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