I'm doing a clockwise loop, the dotted red line showing my descent to Horsethief Falls.
9:20 am now - Sentinel to the left with the low saddle on night being on my descent route.
A few beaver ponds in this stretch, though I've never spotted a beaver.
A brook coming down from the north side of the peak.
Giant man-eating toadstools or maybe benign mushrooms - your call. :)
You might notice the rock cairns I'm now following up - a much nicer route than what I've done before.
NW view to rear.
I had noticed a couple of people ahead.
Hey - where did all these mountaineers come from?
They're from Hesston College, a two-year Mennonite school in Kansas, north of Wichita - link below:
This will be the highpoint of their backpacking class.
Definitely no cairns as we carefully handle the 3rd class scrambling.
All on top by 12:15.
View south to the large open-pit gold mine at Victor.
Telephoto. ... Link below:
Can you spot the Geological Survey marker?
VIDEO - click central arrow to view.
View east to Pikes Peak (14,115).
Telephoto - the PP Hwy is pretty evident.
I trust everyone got an A for superb climbing skills.
Gnarly Bill captured in this selfie by co-leader Kendal.
A son/father duo joining us. .. Son is a lieutenant at Ft. Carson.
Ready to start down.
I'm breaking away now to head south in my loop.
Telephoto - last shot of students. .. They'll be breaking camp and driving back to KS today.
The route ahead as I stay a little east of the ridge.
A minor saddle, looking west.
There's our major saddle, where we'll drop down into the forest.