|Kings Peak 13,528 feet at Sunrise from Dollar Lake (Utah).|
|The clouds clearing off of the upper half of Borah Peak|
(on our way descent)
|Chicken-Out Ridge as seen from the summit ridge of Borah|
(photo taken on descent)
As it snowed upward – the snow literally blowing from the valley below up – we pressed on to the summit ridge. With 50-100 feet visibility, we picked our way up the ridge with the occasional cairn guiding our progress. I built several additional cairns along the route up to the ridge crest. We hit the summit just after 10:30AM. This was Phil’s 45th state high point (and his third attempt)! Hurray! Although the snow was easing off, the wind chill was enough to limit our time on the summit. We took a few perfunctory summit shots and headed down.
|Phil on the summit of Borah Peak, his 45th state high point.|
|On the summit of Borah Peak with wedding prayer flags.|
The descent was happily eventless. As we descended the clouds began to thin. By the time we reached the bottom of ‘chicken-out ridge’ the summit of coming into view. And by the time we reached the car, blue sky peeked through broken clouds. We reached the car at just after 12:30PM.
|Phil descending the summit ridge of Borah|
|Sometimes you have to go up to go down. Phil climbing on our|
way down 'chicken-out ridge'
Total time: 7.5 hours
|5.5 miles up Henrys Fork towards Kings Peak. Phil looking up trail|
at the range.
|Looking north from Gunsight Pass. Our route took us|
under the cliff band on the right and up the talus slope to
the high bench center.
|Phil looking out over Henrys Fork basin - from whence we came - |
from just below Anderson Pass en route to the summit.
|On the summit of Kings Peak, the high point of Utah.|
Phil's 46th high point.
|The upper portion of the summit ridge of Kings Peak.|
|Gunsight Peak and Gunsight Pass on the descent.|
|Phil sitting on a rock at Dollar Lake as the sun sets.|
|The trail to Kings Peak from Dollar Lake at sunrise.|
|Look closely! A cow moose and calf.|
|The peaks of Henrys Fork from Elkhorn Crossing.|
|An abandoned cabin on the hike out.|