Partners: Jeff Lambert, Ingrid Cook
Perfect, perfect day. Lots of snow....with a few rocky "islands" that we hop-skipped-and jumped to on our way to the summit. Summit mostly bare of snow & sporting surprisingly deep "trenches" to the 3 unusual summits. On the Enchantments Plateau, tarns just starting to break up....many little waterfalls. Ice axe handy but not required. Amazing summits...even more amazing views, esp. of Nightmare Needles. Wish there was a summit register! This was an amazing scramble to mark my return to the mountains after last summer's pesky "misadventures" resulting from a sports injury, subsequent surgery, then life-threatening complications.
On both trips, camped near Freya Lake after hiking to Aasgard Pass in one day from the car. The weather in 1984 was threatening, so we returned to camp after summitting, but in 1987 we started with LA and traversed the high route to Dragontail, descending the Snow Creek Glacier back to Aasgard Pass and our camp. Fantastic weather with super clear air, and the full moon was fabulous.
Did this and a few other easy summits on my one and only trip into the Enchantments so far, back in the 80's. Beautiful weather and clear veiws of the entire region made for great photos--long since lost. I'd like to get up there again maybe this spring.
Did this with my brother and Larry Fenton on a beautiful day in August. When we reached the top, which has some flat spots below several different columns that form the summit, we met a gal from New Zealand who had camped out overnight. She was raving about the 'simply marv'elous' views she had during the night. We spent about an hour and a half taking pictures and oh'ing and ah'ing over the view. Especially enjoyed the view down to nightmare needles.
I've done this walk up on other occasions but the first time is always the best one since the views are all new.
We did this the day after climbing the west ridge of Prusik Peak. The freedom of hiking without carrying any climbing gear was great. We enjoyed having ice axes on the approach as it was icy in the shade. The summit has curious channels or grooves between granite high points. A fun place to play and lie in the sun. It's more like a park on the top than a summit. An excellent place to ogle at the Nightmare Needles, the Flagpole, and other rock climbs in the area.