If coming from Naturalist Basin, krummholz is your friend to avoid death scree.
No storms to deal with, everything went well on another solo trip.
Base camped between Shaler and Faxon Lakes and hiked to the summit with RDB. Beautiful day and saw mountain goats on the ridge between us and the summit. Luckily, they let us pass. Hail and rain on the descent, but followed by sun and blue sky. Nice short and easy route to the summit and back. Nobody else up in that part of the basin on this morning. Naturalist Basin is spectacular!
From Christmas Meadows, hiked up the North ridge of Ostler, then traversed the ridge to Spread Eagle Peak.
Day trip over Ostler to Spread Eagle. Perfect conditions- great day!
With MM. Started at the Highline TH and went through Naturalist Basin to the saddle SW of the peak, climbed the peak, and on the way back climbed the 11660 bump.
A long boulder hop from Rocky Sea Pass. First time on this peak.
Bagged it on a beautiful June day.
After ascending Ostler Peak, continued along the ridge for an attempt on Spread Eagle before being chased off towards Gladys Lake by t-storms. Made Spread Eagle's summit the next morning. Skeeters were thick at times, but a great couple of days and not a soul around once the trails were left behind!
Intended to climb Spread Eagle from Naturalist Basin, then proceed west along the ridge to Agassiz and then dive off to the NW and reconnect with the Highline Trail. (I did this in summer 2004.) But a wild storm hit me just as I summitted and pelted me with stinging hail. The accompanying electrical activity convinced me to return the way I came. The bonus was a bagful of Boletus Edulis (very tasty wild mushroom) that I gathered on the way out. Yumm.
Was a great day, but I got caught on top by a thunderstorm and had an interesting descent. On the hike out the serious storms hit, but I made it out OK. This is really a beautiful mountain in a spectacular setting. I wish the Uintas weren't so far from home.
Last time was in August 13, 2000 with my wife Kimberly.