The views of Mt. Toll were terrific from this mountain, and I decided to add Toll to my future climb list.
Came up the fun east ridge from Audubon, which can be kept at class 2+ if you skirt a few minor bumps on the ridge. Solid class 3 climbing on the ridge. Continued on to Toll and Pawnee in a minor snowstorm.
Stayed on the top of rib, which is why I called out route SE Rib Direct, as opposed to traversing around on dirt slopes.
Enjoyed lovely, near calm conditions as traversed from Audubon. Descent of south face was rough - snow was much steeper than it appeared from above. Had to face the slope and kick steps in as descended with the benefit of my ice axe.
Climbed Audubon via southeast ridge, then over to Paiute, and then down Paiute's steep south face past the incomparable Blue Lake and five other lakes. All with my daughter... a supreme day in the mountains.
Standard route up Audubon and ridge traverse to Paiute with a great class 3 decent to Blue Lake. A fantastic loop on the perfect day!! Soloed.
Hiked the standard route to Audubon, then took the ridge to Paiute and back.
Climbed with Shanahan96 and Jamie Nellis via Audubon. Fierce winds all morning had this one feeling more like early November! Luckily we were able to use some of the ridge bumps to shield us.
scooted over to paiute via its traverse with audubon. there wasn't much scrambling but plenty of bumps along the ridge to hide on the south side from the wind. the better part of the climb.
Had climbed up Audubon and started across the ridge to Paiute. Got as far as the saddle between Audubon and Paiute when the weather changed from just fluffy clouds to unbroken gray clouds. So down the loose rock and gravel chute to the unnamed lake above Blue Lake. It started to rain, hail and thunder before we got to Blue Lake. By the time we got to treeline the storm had passed and the sun tried to make a comeback. So I guess I'll have to try Paiute again on another day.
A quick scramble up the rubble filled couloir. Perfect fall day.
Wife, dog and I. Standard route of Audubon, East Ridge to Paiute.
7:15 round trip with GL and SG. GL and I also scrambled over to the N summit. Fun, easy romp in the park. Completely devoid of all snow.
I climbed Audubon with CharlesD and his wife Amy. They has already done Paiute so we parted ways there and I continued on the traverse. Nothing hard, just more or less rugged hiking. I descended the SE face which wasn't all that fun. In retropect I would have retraced my steps to Audubon.
Fun easy ascent - snow, rock, willows, and a little bit of everything else. One of the finest views in the state.
En route to Mount Toll. Trip Report
Descend past Blue Lake
Total ascents = 3. One ascent from Buchanan Pass. With careful route finding it never gets harder than 3rd class.
Climbed Paiute Peak via the ridge after trail running Mt. Audabon with Chuck D (Charles D) and Heavy G (Chris Gerber). A damn good day in the mountains. Sprained ankle notwithstanding.