Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mount Angeles - 5/4/2006

The weatherman was right! Today was a beautiful day for climbing rock and snow in the Olympics. RJ and I saw this as our God given duty to climb to the Mount Angeles summit (6454 feet) under such spectacular conditions.

With no one else in sight for most of the day, we climbed up a steep snow field to gain the ridge. Scrambling over large rocks and boulders littering the ridge, we arrived at the foot of a vertical rocky arete and commenced climbing until we reached the summit.

I have few words to add, the pictures below tell the story. This was very possibly the finest day for a scramble in the Olympics ever conceived.

The pictures below show the ridge, the arete, and several scenic views from the summit.

Note on picture size: Click on picture for LARGER view.

Ridge Leading To Mount Angeles Posted by Picasa

Rocky Arete - The Climbing Route Posted by Picasa

RJ Scrambling Up Rock Arete Posted by Picasa

Ridge Window To Olympic View Posted by Picasa

View From Summit - Olympic Mountains Posted by Picasa

View From Summit - Olympic Mountains2 Posted by Picasa

Mount Angeles Summit (Paul Shown) Posted by Picasa

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