JULY 2-4, 2005

Colorado has 54 peaks over 14,000 feet, and on the July 4th weekend Warren Teissier, Kurt Mensch and I travelled to the Aspen area
to tackle some of them: Pyramid Peak, Castle Peak, Conundrum Peak (really a sub-peak of Castle) and Missouri Mountain.
George Bell joined us for the day on Castle and Conundrum.

July 2: Kurt and Warren in the basin below the north face of Pyramid Peak

Looking across Pyramid's north-west ridge to Snowmass Mountain, Capitol Peak and Buckskin Pass

Warren and Kurt in the couloir leading up to Pyramid's north-east ridge

A couple of other climbers ahead of us on Pyramid's north-east ridge.

Kurt, me and Warren on the summit of Pyramid; Snowmass Mountain and Capitol Peak on the horizon

Pyramid Peak as seen from below

July 3: George Bell in the basin below Castle Peak (left) and Conundrum Peak (right)

George nearing the top of the east couloir  on Conundrum, with Castle in the background.  Warren and Kurt are hidden in the shade.

Me, George and Kurt on the summit of Conundrum

The view from Conundrum.  From the left:  Maroon; North Maroon; Snowmass and Capitol in the far distance; and Pyramid

Warren, George, me and Kurt on the summit of Castle

George taking a break on the descent from Castle

George's faithful Forerunner fording Castle Creek on our return

July 4: Warren and the north face of Missouri Mountain.  I climbed one of the snow couloirs; Warren and Kurt took a more circuitous route along the right-hand skyline.

A marmot sunning itself on the slopes of Missouri Mountain.

Warren and  Kurt on  the summit of Missouri Mountain

Panoramic view from the summit of Missouri Mountain (2,833 x 600 pixels, 714kb)