February 14, 2010
Elevation gain: 700 m
Ascent time: 3:40
Descent time: 2:00
The original objective for the day was
Ascending the outlier was thoroughly enjoyable.
The decent view
My newly acquired MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes performed magnificently on the steep, hard snow making the ascent that much more gratifying – what a pleasant change from a host of recent energy-sucking, post-holing ordeals!
After a fairly lengthy summit stay, I tried an alternate descent route, but traversed back to my original descent route when the terrain became a little too dicey for my comfort level.
A very rewarding day.
Forum Peak (left) and the connecting ridge to Akamina Ridge
Mount Custer gets some early morning sun
Clouds above Summit Lake
Chapman Peak backdrops Summit Lake
Distinctive peaks in GNP
Same as above
A big block of red rock
Chapman Peak towers above Lake Wurdeman
Forum Peak (left) and Akamina Ridge to the right
A closer look at Forum Peak
More interesting rocks; Cameron Lake at the left
The summit of Mount Cleveland appears
Chief Mountain at the far left
Peaks to the west (don't know what they are)
Carthew (left of centre) and Alderson (right)
A partial summit panorama
Clouds and Custer
More atmospheric scenery
The connecting ridge to Carthew
The false summit of Carthew, Alderson, and Carthew Minor at the far right
Mount Cleveland shrouded in clouds