Forbidden Peak via the west ridge
This was my first forced bivy.
2012/07/09 to 2012/07/11
approx. 5,615 feet
5 hours 11 minutes ascending from Boston Basin trail head to our camp in Boston Basin around 6,200'
8 hours 40 minutes ascending from camp to summit of Forbidden Peak
6 hours 10 minutes descending from summit of Forbidden Peak to camp
3 hours descending from camp to our bivy spot by Midas Creek
53 minutes descending from our bivy spot by Midas Creek to the trail head
Hiking up the Boston Basin trail
Midas Creek, where we crossed via a sketchy snow bridge
In Boston Basin, with Johannesburg Mountain in the background
The view from our campsite's kitchen
Boston Peak and Sahale Peak
We broke a tent pole. We repaired it with two chock picks, duct tape, and bailing wire
Hiking up to the climb the next morning
The party ahead of us as they ascend the snow finger. According to Cliff Mass, the distinct smog layer is from forest fires in Asia!
At the col at the top of the snow finger. Eldorado Peak in the background
Ian on the summit of Forbidden Peak. I didn't get my camera out once during our ascent
Looking down the west ridge with Mount Torment in the upper right corner
Johannesburg Mountain in the evening light
We are finally off the ridge and down the snow finger. Forbidden Peak in the background
We hiked out by headlamp. When we got to Midas Creek, the snow bridge had completely melted out and the creek looked too scary to cross. So we slept on the trail. I was bummed about this because I had a late-morning flight and this delay meant I was going to miss it.
In the light of morning the creek didn't look so scary. We just hopped across it
Back at the trail head! My next challenge was to reschedule the flight that I missed because we were unable to cross Midas Creek
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