With Sue and Marty. Camped on the shores of the lake. Up standard route.
Spectacular place! I was with nickmeck again, echo his words.
Weather forecast looked good but rain, wind and thick clouds forced us to camp at the moraine lake the first night. Made it to the col late on day 2 for a windy night. The large Neve glacier had 3 sections of heavily crevassed areas to make things interesting leading to the base of the ridge climb.
Not as tough a day as I had expected, with a pretty decent climbers' trail (start counterclockwise!) from Pyramid Lake. Great views of Eldorado, among other things, and some decent boot-skiing on the way home. Trip report.
Even after being spoiled from Peru, this was pretty awesome.
This is the best trip I've done in a long time. The scenery in this area is some of the best I have seen in Washington. Camping at Neve Col is super-cool and it looks like there is usually running water there.
Climbed with gimpilator, Fletcher and Josh Lewis under partly sunny skies with relatively minor crevasse activity. This was part of a 3 day peak-bagging trip that I hope will become a trip report. It was the best climbing I've done and top 5 scenery.
Another one of my favorite areas. I am working on climbing a number of points that surround the Colonial and Neve glaciers, (a few down, many more to go!), and have recently wandered south into the Isolation area... now that's wilderness!
Good times with friends. Trip report, map and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/north_cascades/snowfield_colonial_peak_074.htm
A fantastic late-season glacier climb. Rivers on the Colonial Glacier are unusual for WA and fun to see.
Long approach, fun climb.
Nice climb. Approach is a bit rough, but manageable.
Climbed this mountain twice (2000 and 2005)
A Skagit Valley College mountaineering class outing led, no, driven by Mike Woodmansee. In one weekend, some of us bagged Pyramid, Pinnacle, Paul Bunyan's Stump, Snowfield, and Colonial.
8 hrs from TH to edge of colonial glacier camp. Flys and mosquitos bothersome along trail until camp. Climbers trail not as bad as guidebooks describe but still difficult. ~3.5 hrs camp to summit.