It's been awhile since I've posted because we're in the midst of an awesome road trip to, so far, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. I'm most psyched to have been able to summit Gannett Peak, the high point of Wyoming, on August 2nd with Chris, Chris, and Peter. Well... Peter didn't actually climb with us; we met him on our way up as he was coming down. The rest of us did the three-day plan. We used the much less frequently traveled route via Tourist Creek. Peter set a new fastest known time on Gannett and wrote up a great route description for Summit Post.
The difference between the three- and the one-day versions of doing the peak. :) That's me, Peter and Chris where we met on the Talus Slope from Hell which went on and on and on:
We found a spectacular spot to set up the tents on a little ledge overlooking a waterfall and the next day climbed the summit. There was some steep snow and Class 3, 4, and a tiny bit of 5 (unroped!) to negotiate. We wore Kahtoolas over running shoes, and my ax got a lot of use for a change. FUN STUFF!!
Chris and I have kept busy the last few days tooling around the Winds, the Bighorn Mtns., Black Hills of South Dakota, high point of North Dakota (#48 for me), Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and even got to check out Sturgis during Bike Week. THAT was a hoot, and I may post some photos later... Gotta run now.