|Dalton below Castle|
Dalton and I left town on Friday afternoon and camped on the Aspen side of Independence Pass. A cop came by and told us we weren't supposed to camp along the road, but as long as we were gone by early morning we could stay.
|glissade from ridge to lake|
|Dalton Class 4|
As you enter the basin we encountered the nasty switchbacks up to ridge. The rock is loose and the way a bit steep. Once on the ridge it was a more enjoyable with Class 2+ goings. We strayed of the ridge proper, so Dalton found a Class 4 arete and I went up a nasty loose gully. We gained the summit and had it to ourselves for quite awhile.
|Dalton on lower glissade|
The glissade started off a bit through the rocks. We tried to keep enough snow under us to surf over the rock field. The glissade below was a swift slope of fun. This mountain has more glissade available after you cross the lake basin. Very fun glissading down to the road. There were people sliding without ice axe or even poles, but luckily nobody got hurt. Of course after my Sherman encounter, I always take an axe.
After slogging back down the road, we took a nap at our nice camp. That night I won the hot dog eating contest. We didn't want to leave any food out, since there were bears in the area.
|Obligatory Maroon Bell Shot|