The clouds break away as we drop back down near timberline. Now it's just a long way down the ridge.
Looking down into Federal Gulch, Mark takes off after Terry.
Terry's ready to go down. So we follow him.
Summit of Grays Peak, 2:37 PM, October 9, 2016
The clouds behind us start to close in a little, casting shadows on the peak.
We head up the final summit ridge.
A nice view of the route as we clear timberline.
Fine figure of a man. According to Terry.
Terry comes on up with an incredible view right behind him.
A scenic walk along the ridgeline.
Mark has crested the ridge and Terry is right behind (left).
Looking back down the ridge, Terry always likes to know where he is.
Terry takes a look.
Pretty much just a long trudge from here.
We crest a rocky section of the ridge while the East Fork road is visible back to the west.
Looking back down towards the East Fork valley, Terry and Mark reconoiter.
Terry Patterson rolls into the Pioneer Cabin meadow on a dry December afternoon.
A brandy flask helps celebrate Terry's safe return. [Terry Patterson photo]
In an odd foreshortening, Terry stands on the north summit, Kane Peak. He appears to be a miniature man standing on a rock just out of my reach. But he's at the true summit! Kane Peak, 11,919'
This gives a little more sense of scale. That's Devils Bedstead East in the distant left.
One look out there toward the true north summit (Kane Peak), and my vertigo kicks in. Terry is unaffected and continues. This is Goat Peak with Kane Peak being the true summit to the north, out of sight. Almost.
We arrive at the south summit, anxious to look out to the high point (north summit) and examine the highly exposed ridgeline.
Various peaks in and around the Wildhorse Canyon come into view. Interesting four claws on Howard Peak, center. The Fin is on the left.
Out of the boulder field nearing the false south summit. The Nudl is now true to form. The two dominant peaks on the right are Old Hyndman and Hyndman.
Up to the south ridge. Which was kind of a waste. If you stay low and keep heading north, the west ridge is less like this.
Now at the headwall below Florian's Nudl, it gets steeper.
The twin peaks of Handwerk are more rounded from this side.
Nearing the headwall we take a short break. The view out to the west is amazing.