Sorting out snowshoes at The Crags trailhead, on the west side of Pikes Peak. They needed to be carried from the start.
Special thanks to Rich Page and Tom Elder for each loaning us two pairs of snowshoes.
L-R: Kris Schehr, Ben Phelps & Joe Hattick.
Joe claims he found the outrageously cool cap on the slopes two weekends earlier during the Youth Snow Trip.
The snow is more evident once you're in the shade of the forest.
The final ascent up to The Crags.
Topping out at about 10,800'.
Ben is in the process of shooting a wide panorama to be stitched together later.
Gnarly bristlecone pines thrive in these harsh exposed conditions.
Looking northeast to the Catamount Reservoirs on the left and and Crystal Creek Res. on the right.
The summit of Pikes Peak is back out of sight to the east.
Joe and Friends hanging out at The Crags.
Ben staying warm against a chill wind.
The Gnarly Team.
Our descent route will take us on a loop, dropping down behind us here and passing below and left of the distant Crags.
Passing beneath the other Crags.
To the right of last image.
Ben checking out the uphill traction.
Taking the scenic shortcut on a path atop the frozen creek.