I had to outlast the rain and as I left the trailhead, Handwerk Peak was shrouded and Salzburger Spitzl obscured.
Just below the steep section of the trail, I can see the objective. Duncan Ridge is a long, serrated ridge. The high point is to the back (east). I was hoping to just got up as far as Class 2 allowed.
Jaqueline Peak is one of the most beautiful mountains in Idaho.
And this is what I've named The Paymaster because it is located at the head of Paymaster Gulch on the opposite (south) side approached from East Fork of the Wood River.
A zoomed in shot of the Comma Couliour on the face of Cobb. I thought I'd seen skiiers, but was mistaken. The climbing route is the left skyline ridge.
I never tire of this view when Hyndman comes into sight near the Pioneer Yurt.
Walnut is reflected in Dry Lake.
My intent is to hike up to the saddle in the middle of this shot, then proceed right up the ridgeline.
A panoramic shot of Duncan Ridge, Hyndman Peak, and Cobb Peak from Dry Lake and the Pioneer Yurt.
Yurt with The Paymaster in the background.
One of the Yurt thrones.
Route is dead ahead into the notch and then to the right.
A look back toward the Yurt and Dry Lake.
Old Hyndman is just visible through the clouds as they descend into the basin.
The Paymaster. Last fall Terry and I brought Elaine up to the little knob on the left, so I now call it Elaine's Lookout. Spectacular views from there.
I nice vantage point of Cobb showing the icefall on the right flank. Tom and I climbed Cobb on a route very much centered in this picture up one of the steep gullies to the ridgeline, then to the top.
Past the saddle and working my way up to the ridge. This was very similar to the sandy nature of Handwerk Peak.
And then I decide to look for Pioneer Cabin. There it is! Still a bit of snow around it.
Eerily, this snowball came tumbling down off the ridge and landed right in front of me. So strange.
Looking back towards Walnut and whatever this red hump is called. Been up there too, many years ago. Terry calls it the Moose's Butt.
And just to the right of the hump is the ubiquitous Johnstone Peak. The drainage to the right is the North Fork of Hyndman Creek.
And panning further right is Point 9,669, the red mound just left of Pioneer Cabin, which is sitting in the snowbank just to the right of Point 9,669.
And there. I came for a visit two weeks later and the snow was gone.
This is the reward. An amazing panorama of Duncan Ridge, the Pioneer Triumvirate, and Hyndman Basin.
Regrettably, the weather seemed to be turning so I did as well. This was my high point. It was just about to get fun. Rats! But Terry and I would return shortly.
A look back down the route and Hyndman Creek. Dry Lake is visible just to the left of the trees. Goat platforms and scat were everywhere up here.