Monday, December 15, 2008

Cascade 3, Bruce 1

It's finals week, which means it's playtime; accordingly, John and I made an attempt on Cascade Mountain today.

This was my fourth time trying to climb the mountain. It's really close to Provo, but all of the routes to access it are quite long and difficult, especially in the winter. There is no established trail to the top. I tried it once in the summer with Hyrum, and we turned around due to unexpected snow and wind. The next summer attempt, also with Hyrum, was successful. Brett and I made an attempt last winter, and didn't make it due to loads of snow that dumped the day before.

After our canyoneering trip a couple of weeks ago, I don't think that John and I were quite ready for another long slog today, so we turned around pretty early. The route was a lot easier when I tried it last winter, since a lot of the scrub oak was buried in snow. We had a good time, though, and we got some nice pictures of a beautiful dawn. We also followed fresh cougar tracks for quite a while up the ridge, which was kind of cool.

I put a few pictures below; there are a few more in the gallery.

Dawn emerging above South Fork Canyon

Timp

Cougar track

Almost sunrise

Back at the Peace Wagon's replacement

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures.