[Closer view on next slide.]
We followed Route 6 to 14 to 17 to Evans.
Gnarly Josh Mitchell, with our East Ridge route up Bierstadt in background.
Bierstadt is high point at end of ridge. .. Setting off just past 8:30.
The climb begins with a long steep descent. :(
At last, heading up to the East Ridge.
Summit on left rear - some gnarly scrambling ahead.
Part of Sawtooth Ridge showing in the middle.
Hey - there's crowd ahead!
OK, at last - the crowded summit of Bierstadt - 14,060. .. Not yet 12:30.
Two happy dudes.
The Sawtooth awaits.
People arriving from Guanella Pass, far below - a route I took a couple of months earlier in mid-May.
Looking back at our east ridge route.
Summit of Mt Evans barely visible right of center.
1:00 pm now - heading down from Bierstadt, to begin traverse to Evans
Descending north to saddle with Evans and Sawtooth Ridge.
[That's a hiking pole on my pack, not an ice axe.]
View back to rear.
View ahead. .. This is terrific ...
... and so is this!
About to cross the ridge now from east side to west side.
Whew - note "ramp" ahead.