Mount Gladstone October 8, 2005

Mountain height:       2,459 m (8,066 ft)
Elevation gain:          1,000 m 
Ascent time:              ?
Descent time:            ?

Scrambling with Linda, Bob, and Dinah

Im so glad that Linda and I failed our first attempt to make the summit of Mount Gladstone , in less than ideal weather conditions, last November. Had we succeeded, we would have missed out on Gladstone s most outstanding feature: a truly remarkable summit panorama. Recent snow also added tremendously to the fantastic scenery throughout and the company of Bob, Dinah, and Linda, made for a perfect day.   

The first of several crossings of Mill Creek

 

The gentle ascent slopes of Mount Gladstone (left skyline) 

 

The ascent ridge follows the left skyline; I went around the right side to look fro an alternate route

 

Castle Peak

 

A closer look at the striking mountain

 

I traversed high on this slope before coming to an impasse; staying low in the gully might have yielded better results

 

Linda on the ridge, with a fairly steep and exposed section of rock separating us

 

Looking through the gap at Windsor Peak

 

Splendid colours en route to the ridge

 

Splendid icicle scenery 

 

Looking back to Windsor Peak (left) and Castle Peak (right) 

 

A little detour over to the northwest side of the ridge

 

Same as above

 

 

Further northwest

 

 

Looking towards the summit

 

 

 

Bob and Dinah wait at the summit for Linda and me

 

Linda stops just before the summit, to survey the magnificent panorama

 

Bob and Dinah at the summit

 

Looking down the east ridge of Gladstone

 

Looking south at Victoria Peak

 

Dinah and Bob rapidly descend scree slopes; Prairie Bluffs (left), Victoria Peak (right)

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