After being reduced to .8 FTE by my employer starting yesterday, I decided climbing would be my go-to this summer and kicked it off in fine style. Only car at the trailhead, 4-5 makeshift log bridges over creek crossings to access Wirth Basin. Snow started after 1.5mi or so all the way to the summit. Took a steep but manageable (with axe, no need for crampons as it did not freeze overnight) Headless Pass up and the couloir directly next to it (to the right upon approach) on the way down. Chocked with clouds from the bottom of Headlee to the summit, and mostly wet due to that, but otherwise a warm and not very rainy day
Beautiful day for a linkup! Headed around the lake and up Sperry first, then back along the saddle and up Vesper. I tried to make the slabs a bit more interesting by going up closer over to the face. 'Twas a popular day to be out, as Vesper was crawling with people. Jumped in Lake Elan on the way out for a little refreshment. Good times!
Loved the slabs
What were the snow conditions? Thx!
Fantastic views all around!
Was expecting rain and fog but gave it a shot anyways. Group was pretty much socked in most of the trip. Clouds broke open every now and then to reveal some awesome views at the lake and of some of the nearby peaks. Summit was zero views. But at least we didn't have to compete for space. Started raining which made the trip down very slick. Especially since this route has lots of rock and roots. Saw lots of berries and I think we saw some grouse... Overall, not a bad day.
The trail up from the river to Headlee Pass was not especially fun: lots of rocks and repetitive switchbacks. But I really enjoyed the final stretch from Vesper Creek to the summit: first a steep trail, then snowfields, then a final scrambly bit. After Vesper, I traversed to the north below Wolf Peak and then went up Sperry Peak.
5/24/17 Solo. Camped near the summit and skied off the next day in the whiteout. Good Times
Probably the easiest peak I've climbed. Basically a walk up. I want to go to find some garnets next time on the south side.
After 4 failed attempts, I finally made it up! A difficult hike but well worth it
Couldn't see anything on the way up, and it was still fun. It partly cleared on the way down, and that made the descent just as fun, because there wasn't the usual "I've already seen this" feeling. Spectacular place.
Amazing views in all directions from the summit. Fun scramble.
It was a long long morning...in retrospect, however, great snow! :)
Hiked up Vesper Peak yesterday. Some snow on the steep slabs near the summit. Just needed poles and gaiters.
I summited Vesper and Sperry, the classic combo! I though Vesper was the better climb, but Sperry had the better summit. Beautiful day! I went early, and hiked fast... I had both summits and both routes to myself for the ascents. I liked the slabs on Vesper but was a little disappointed there wasn't more class 3, but due to the low angle this would be a great climb to introduce someone to scrambling. 7 1/2 hours car to car with about 1 hour total spent on the summits.
Don was great partner.
A great summer scramble!
Met dense fog after Headlee Pass which made for an eerie climb to the summit.
Date is a wild guess, was long time ago. Standard scramble route. What a blast.
Was planning on Sperry and Vesper but decided to head back after summiting Vesper, still quite a bit of snow up there and i hadn't brought crampons.