Early Monday morning, 9 June '08, view of PP from my back deck.Yep, not much snow left, that's for sure! Heck, let's just venture forth anyhow.
Thx to Gerry Roach's superb "CO 14ers" guide: (1) Barr Trail; (2) Up from Crags Cmpgrd; (3) Railroad Couloir; (4) Y-Couloir; (5) Highway. I bet you can scope out Cog Railway line!
View from Pikes Pk Hwy crossing Crystal Reservoir dam.
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[3x telephoto] Yep, the North Face still have some snow hanging around! Rumdoodle Ridge is prominent ridge on right with shadow.
[Cropped image] Blue = Left Branch of Y Couloir. Red = Hero Traverse + Y Direct (my route). Green = Right Variation. Purple = Right Branch.
FYI - when the topo lines are real close = real steep. :)
From my parking spot at about 13,400 - the last curve overlooking the North Face before the summit.[Trust me, these folks didn't bike up!]
Looking back at my white Subaru, as I head north a short distance to a slight saddle and the drop over the edge. [Just to the right of my car are the big horn sheep info signs - hard to see here.]
Looking toward summit.
The route drops off the edge here and the Hero Traverse begins. Y-Couloir not really in view yet.
Finally, at 9:10 I dropped off the edge just beyond the snow patch.
Looking back up. I don't think I came directly down here. You should be able to keep it just high 3rd.
What's this: company? Nope: this is one of five shots in my gallery provided by Aaron C. Smith taken six days earlier, 6/3. He, Brandon and Kenny told me about the Hero Traverse when I ran into them at the Summit House after my climb of the Little Italy Couloir. They began their descent off the edge here directly onto the snow.
The rockwork on the traverse is mostly moderate 3rd, with maybe an occasional touch of 4th class.
Looking back. [Note: this is not Rumdoodle Ridge, which is farther behind this rib.]
Looking down into the Bottomless Pit, Rumdoodle Ridge coming in on far left.
Mostly dry in this early section.
Hey, can you see the track in the snow? Excellent!
The almost "Bottomless" Pit, jowls wide open, eager to swallow unsuspecting snow traversers!
Yep, an Aaron shot from last week.
Pretty much solid snow now.
The Y Couloir is the trough beyond the long rock rib in the middle.
Lower view from last photo.
Upper view. This buttress is the Corinthian Column; nice ice climb on it's right edge - don't you think?
That last section here in the shade will likely be harder snow.