Up in the morning after Salzburger Spitzl, Terry and I are ready for another peak. [Terry Patterson photo]
A new day in the Pioneer Range...we head up to the south of Handwerk Peak (on the left) into a spectacular and easy-to-hike basin. Goat Peak (our objective) is out of view.
As is my tradition, I shoot back towards Pioneer Cabin. The front door is open and later I watched somebody leave through binoculars.
The dual shark fins of Handwerk Peak are off to our left.
I check our progress as we enter the alpine basin. [Terry Patterson photo]
Before long, the route comes into view. Florian's Nudl marks the way.
Johnstone Peak and Pioneer Cabin back beyond Terry.
The last bit of trees. And water. The route was up to the right of the cliffs below Florian's Nudl, then turn left up the ridge.
The south (false summit) comes into view on the left.
It's a beautiful autumn alpine hike.
Beautiful hiking in the upper reaches of the basin.
A large stray boulder has landed in the meadow (right). We'd have fun with that coming down.
Handwerk Peak now from the south side after seeing the dark gray north side the previous afternoon.
Nearing the headwall we take a short break. The view out to the west is amazing.
When I get a little time I'll draw the route on this one. But basically, follow the grass as high as you can, then move to the right of the cliffs towards Florian's Nudl. See the "mini-me Nudl?" :-)
The twin peaks of Handwerk are more rounded from this side.
Approaching Florian's Nudl. Doesn't look that intimidating from this angle. Mini-Nudl is on the right. The south summit is on the left.
September in the Pioneer Range
From high on Goat Peak, the slopes of Duncan Ridge on the left flow down towards Johnstone Peak, with Baldy behind, just above Pioneer Cabin. Then Handwerk Peak and finally Salzburger Spitzl on the right.
Now at the headwall below Florian's Nudl, it gets steeper.
Coming up on Florian's Nudl, with Old Hyndman in the background.
Florian's Nudl is a little more imposing from down here. But it gets even better.
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.
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.
Various peaks in and around the Wildhorse Canyon come into view. Interesting four claws on Howard Peak, center. The Fin is on the left.
We arrive at the south summit, anxious to look out to the high point (north summit) and examine the highly exposed ridgeline.
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.
This gives a little more sense of scale. That's Devils Bedstead East in the distant left.