camped at treeline, nice morning climb - was amazed to see at least 150 cars parked at the trailhead when I came back to my car
Ascended the steep sweeping south face directly under the technical start of the ridge ascent to FD. Meaning, I took a line straight up that face and ended up just feet east of the technical part of the ascent on the ridge west to FD peak. Why don't I explain it one more time? The heck with that. Summited, and actually descended the north sweeping face on a long moraine to a road, then down. A good route. Totally alone. I was solo, so no surprise there.
Did the traverse over the ridge from Helen. Then went down the east ridge. Ran out of water before at the lowest part of the ridge on the FD side
with my good friend Helen
Fun ridge traverse paired with Mt. Helen. Windy as all hell.
Traversed from Crystal, after Pacific.
Perfect day to do the three peaks from ridge to ridge.
Up the NE ridge, over to Crystal, over to Peak 10 and back down the Wheeler trail.
Great Ridge scramble. Nice intro to Colorado mountains
What a great day! Headed up the unrelenting slopes of Helen and then traversed to Father Dyer and then on to Crystal. Wanted to head over to Peak 9 and 10, but were stormed off at Crystal.
with the wife. great fun.
Nice loop hike. The ridge to Father Dyer was the best part, but coming down off of Father Dyer was tedious (came down from the saddle between FD and Mt Helen). Had the dog with me - otherwise I probably would have come back over Mt Helen. (class3 ridge, I hear.)
My favorite route on my '11 CO trip. Great rock, fine scrambling and spectacular views. Didn't see a single person on the mountain. Mt favorite class III. What a gem!
Climbed Father Dyer via the NE Ridge and traversed over to Crystal Peak. Nice exposed ridge, nice distinct and dramatic summit and spectacular views all around!
Great ridge scramble! Very imposing south face on Father Dyer. Traverse to Crystal was pretty uninspiring though.
Climbed from Crystal
Really enjoyed the ridge. Great rock, fun climb.