The IdeaOur initial intent was to drive to the trail head after work, then with light packs we would travel a few hours, under a partial moon, and bivy. After arriving late at the trail head, we decided to camp there and get an early start in the morning. We were on the trail at 4:30am.
Mixed BagThe first few miles were mixed skiing and walking. Skis off, skis on became the theme of the morning, we soon caught a glimpse of the peak.
The CrossingStaying to the right of the creek brought us to Elk Horn Crossing (I think its called), fortunately the crossing was made easily over a snow bridge as the creek was raging with melt off.
Easy TravelTravel was easy on nice frozen snow, not to be later in the day.
Gun Sight Pass or Anderson Pass?Initially the intent was to try and save a few miles by approaching through Anderson pass, unfortunately the snow conditions were not optimum for it. If we would of had crampons we would have felt better about that route.
The route taken was through Gun Sight Pass, a relatively easy skin through the pass allows access to the East face of Kings Peak. There was no wind where this photo was taken, however at the pass they were nuking!