SummaryShirley & I climbed this car to car in July of 2005 as a "plan B" option...we were aiming for Backbone but I was not feeling all that strong. On the other hand, Shirley was feeling extra good hyped up on some speed-like medication she was prescribed for her poison oak allergic reaction...that and a Redbull or two at the car.
Serpentine Ridge from afar.
Shirley approaching the start of the route.
Leading pitch 3.
Starting the lead of the crux pitch 4.
Leading the crux 4th pitch.
Shirley climbing pitch 4.
Shirley nearing the top of pitch 4.
Shirley at the belay atop pitch 4 with Colchuck Glacier in background.
Leading the 5th pitch.
High on Serpentine Ridge with Colchuck Lake below.
Views of Rainier & Colchuck from high on Serpentine.
Typical terrain on Serpentine after the handful of interesting pitches on lower third.
Shirley somewhere high on Serpentine Ridge.
Views of the Fin next door from high up on Serpentine.
Still higher on route.
Shirley below the summit block.
Shirley & I on the summit of Dragontail.
Hiking off the summit.
Descending via Dragontail's backside.
View of Witches Tower from the backside hike off.