A classic ridge route surrounded by brilliant autumn colors in the Enchantments
Brilliant yellow larch trees, October sun, and fun climbing on solid granite was the theme of this weekend in the Enchantments.
DAY 1, October 18, 2008: My sister, Booth, and I hiked in via Aasgard Pass on Saturday morning, scrambled up Little Annapurna, and made our way through the brilliant yellow sea of larch trees to camp at Gnome Tarn below Prusik Peak. It was a beautiful clear and starry night for some night photography.
DAY 2, October 19, 2008: On Sunday morning we decided to brave the cold granite and climb the West Ridge of Prusik Peak. We smulclimbed the ridge and were on the summit in an hour and a half, enjoying the sun and views of the Enchantment basin below. We descended down the north face, and 5 hours and several thousand downhill feet later we were at the car. What a fun weekend!
Below are several photos from our weekend rambling and climbing in the Enchantments.
(Click here to a link to a trip report for the Burgner-Stanley route on the south face of Prusik, which I climbed in July 2006.)
DAY 1 - OCT 18
Larch trees and Little Annapurna
It was a perfect clear night for star photography. I probably would have been up all night if I hadn't run out of batteries.
DAY 2 - OCT 19
West Ridge of Prusik Peak
Note that from June 15 to October 15 (as of 2008, at least) a permit is required for overnight trips into the Enchantments. A limited number of permits are available at the Leavenworth ranger station. Hence, as with this trip, a great time to do an impromptu weekend in the Enchantments is just after October 15 when no permit is needed!