OK, Mt Sopris dominates the scene in and around Carbondale (Glenwood Springs too).
Although not quite a 13er, it is one of the most PROMINENT peaks in Colorado (i.e., how much it stands out).
This telephoto shot of Mt Sopris was taken from the Iron Mt adventure park above Glenwood Springs on June 15, 2010 (while returning from a trip to Utah).
Yes - it is twin-summitted with both the west and east summits officially identical: 12,593.
July 2nd now - three weeks later: my first view of Sopris approaching from the east out of Aspen.
Yes, the snow has pretty much entirely vanished!
East summit on left; west summit on right.
East summit in middle; West summit on right. ... Most people only climb the East summit, ascending its Northeast Ridge - the far left ridge in this view.
Upper part of NE ridge leading to East summit - note two "false" summits enroute.
Sopris is in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and part of the Elk Mtn Range.
Thomas Lakes, at the NE foot of the peak, are hidden below the forested ridge here.
It's a fine 2-WD road to (Dinkle Lake) Trailhead.
My new friends, Chris & Natalie - locals who planned to bivy high up the peak that evening.
They felt better knowing they weren't the only ones venturing into stormy weather. :)
GnarlyBill on left.
Setting off at 4:20.
Heading to a campsite at Thomas Lakes.
I love our state flower - the Blue Columbine.
Soon after this shot it rained steadily for about a half-hour.
The sky always looked better to the north ...
... and not so better to the south as the storm cleared.
Dampened but still joyous.
NE ridge on left leading to the East summit in center.
Lots of aspen groves on the way to Thomas Lakes.
Looking behind, Chris & Natalie will soon overtake me.
There they go.
First view of one of the lakes - yes, the mosquitoes were noticeable!
Friday about 8:30 pm - my camp is now set, in one of 13 established sites in the area.
Next shot will show this view in the morning.
Sat - up at 0600 and off at 6:50. .. Route ascends left through forest to gain the ridge.
Yep - the weather did not look very inviting at the start.
The weather slowly cleared toward benign. :)