Cover Image: Prusik Peak as viewed from Isolation Lake
I was planning on getting in some more Bulgers and trying to coordinate with a variety of climbing partners: Benson, Enji, Jamie, Erik, Saul, Michael and Daria. I was considering Stuart, however, I know Enji had a permit in the Snow Zone, but dates kept shifting for when to camp when to climb, managing the weather forecast, and schedule. I finally aligned to climb on September 21 aligning with the fall equinox and full moon and good weather window.
Setting off at dawn and making our way to Mountaineers Creek by sunrise.
I made it to Lake Colchuck in 2 hours and 15 minutes. A new personal record. I never get tired of seeing the reflection of Dragontail Peak in the blue lake waters.
5 months earlier below.
Views ascending Aasgard Pass. The view of Dragon Tail changes as you climb. I love how the larches are out in full display. First time I have seen them in the Enchantments. Clearly a well-named place! Note that all my photos here, except where noted, have no filters applied. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Making my way down the upper core zone. Crystal Lake is in the foreground with the lower part of Crystal Lake Tower on the left. Looking South towards enchantment Pass and Nightmare Gorge in the distance.
Views of Prusik Peak and Perfection Lake
Leprechaun Lake enroute to Lake Viviane
The initial view of Snow Lake. From here is down slabby rocks and a steep rooty, dirt path. The way down is around the lake and 10 miles to the left following the ourline of the mountains in the distance. For me, this is the end of the enchanting Enchantments, as the path is mostly forrested. Snow Lake as you can see was low due to excessive drainage for farm irrigation.
Low Snow Lake
My top 10 photos – filtered by Instagram.