Home for the past weekend, no electricity or water, but pretty sweet
View from the outside of the hut
Saturday I got off to a slow start, but rallied after breakfast. Most of the group took off for Charles Peak, which sits at 12,050 ft. Five of us motivated sorts chose to go on. Eric and I set the pace and our destination was the highest peak in the center of the picture below. We encountered some extended ups and downs and had to break trail in fairly deep snow. The pitches we experienced proved to be the most difficult though. Even with my MSR snowshoes, which have amazing crampons, I was sliding down quite a bit and I had to use my hands to balance and crawl up. Once we reached the hump in the middle of the picture, the terrain after it and before the long ridge were a little to dicey to carry on. A quick snack and the others decided to return back. Eric and I had no desire to head to the hut early. As long as the sun was up and the temperature was tolerable, we sat on some rocks to enjoy the view.
Taken from the top of Charles, which is higher than our turn around point
Our tracks to the top can be seen if you zoom in
Evidence of hard work and unseasonably warm temperatures
The trail back down