Time to get serious - pulling together the climbing rack.
Definitely serious - departing the Longs Trailhead at 3:00 pm, Friday, 7/14 - Lou and Brett.
[Lou is short for Louisa.]
Backpack to Boulderfield goes from 9400' to 12,760' in 5.9 miles.
I always hike with my gnarly sticks!
Before the Chasm Lake turnoff: Getting our first look at the route.
Cables Route starts at the right edge of the Diamond Face, at lower intersection with peak in foreground in this image.
Chasm Lake turnoff to left; we head to Granite Pass on the horizon.
Turnoff to Chasm Lake in the right background.
Chasm Lake is below the East (Diamond) Face, a scramble to get there.
Still below the Boulderfield, but the North Face (Cables Route) now fully in view.
Prominent Keyhole Notch is just left of lowest point on right skyline.
Surprise - a large herd of Elk cows and calves.
Almost to the Boulderfield - can you tell?
Hmm - looks like a lot of boulders to me.
We made it at 7:00 pm - 4.0 hours.
Supper simmering. Not nearly as cold as they may look.
The designated tent sites are obvious, as they have stone walls and a small flat area.
Telephoto of the climb with sunset light.
Two pitches along one of the lower channels just above Chasm View - then a long 3rd class scramble to summit: up and left.
What do you suppose those smokestacks are on the bottom right?
At least by sunrise, the place is crawling with dayhikers on their way to the Keyhole.
Note the North Face (Cables) Route.
Evidently a popular hang-out - two thrones.
Ascending along ridge leading to Chasm View.
Can you still see the thrones and tents?
Lower half of Diamond Face. Lambs Slide (snow gully) on left; Broadway ledge in upper section on face.
Many routes first ascend Lamb's Slide and then traverse along the Broadway ledge.
Can you see any climbers yet on the face?
Note the "Casual Route" up from Broadway - rated 5.10a, it has been free-soloed.