- Carne-Ice Lakes: normal amount of blowdown, snow remains on passes.
- Mt. Maude: Steep snow to south ridge; the normal summer route is much steeper and has a deep moat (10'+) climbers left just prior to the last 20 ft (see pics below). I exited way too far south on the climb up and we had class 2/3 chossy crap for 100 yards traversing north on the ridge. Descended correct area, though much steeper than our ascent route.
- Leroy: Snow on the southern portion through slide areas, no issues after that.
17.1 miles, 7500' gain
|Flowers on the Carne Mountain trail|
|Opposite side of the Wilderness from last weekend|
|Love this view showing the whole route, Phelps Creek and Phelps Ridge; Buck Creek fire damage came over the ridge a bit|
|Grazing deer on the way to Box Creek|
|Perfect time for Entiat flowers|
|One of the coolest hornblende (right?) samples I've seen|
|Traverse from Chipmunk pass to Ice Lakes pass|
|Ice Lakes Pass and Maude's south slope|
|Upper Ice Lake, 7745' and North Spectacle Butte|
|Correct route is up right, cutting back left under that snow tear drop; I lead us up the wrong slope (easiest looking one up the left ramp). It was much easier to pick the right route last summer 😋|
|Did some chossy scrambling along this ridge to reach the easy notch and south slope|
|Flowers on Maude's south slope|
|Looking over at Buck and Clark|
|Seven-Fingered Jack, Fernow and Bonanza|
|Spider snowfield and gap|
|Our annual summit selfie|
|Steve finally gets his Maude|
|Glacier and the Dakobed range|
|Traversing to Leroy Basin, with Seven-Fingered Jack|
|Leroy Creek falls|