September 28, 2014
On our way, just as the sun pokes out above the hills. : )
Our first frost encounter of the season.
Autumn colours. : )
Getting our feel for crumbly rock, and reacting to distant gunshots. : )
A view of the east ridge to Coquihalla Mt. from the tarn below Jim Kelly Peak. The summit is that dark peak poking out just above center of pic.
Looking south, and where we are heading, from the pass below Jim Kelly. : )
Looking up at the east ridge as we travel over unstable talus along the south side. : )
I hadn't done too much research on this one, so the route up to the summit was a guess at this point. We head for that ridge and start following it up. Getting up to the ridge is basically a series of switchbacking ledges on crumbly rock and then route your way along the rocky spine.
Katie showing me the way. Straight up the center of this picture on more crumbly rock. : )
She didn't need my help, so was out of sight on the peak well in advance of myself. I'm using all 4's to clamber up and then poke my head up at the top expecting to see Katie checking out a cairn, but instead I am face to face with a steep gully dropping down the north side with only about 2-3' of rock between the two sides. Caught me off guard.
I carefully pull myself up, and there she is checking out the summit cairn. : )
Team J & K. : )
Tried for another family portrait overlooking the east ridge, but I think she thought I was trying to take her down that way, so she didn't follow. : )
Cool looking lake to the south.
"Pull out the soggy fish, will ya!" : )
We head over to the bump on the west side to see if/how the views changed. East ridge, with the summit and cairn on the right.
Lunch. She knows the routine. : )
We hear voices coming from the east ridge, but can't make out anyone.
Action shot leaving the summit. This was the most difficult part because of the rock debris and how crumbly it was. I had to be careful not to send any rock down her way.
The way back. Basically follow the unstable talus around. Great ankle test. : )
Not Jim Kelly's best side. : )
Pika patrol. : )
View from the pass. Needle, Markhor, Alpaca and Vicuna off in the distance. : )
One last goodbye. : )
Chilling out at the tarn below Jim Kelly.
Our first mountain goat encounter. : )
Ilal Meadows, and where we came across some fellow CT's. Great to meet you guys, and hopefully you were able to salvage much of that sandwich. [:I]
"Dude, one more second and that sandwich would have been all mine.". [B)]
Wish I could do that on a long drive home. : )
We love September! : )