Various scenes from my Goat Rocks 4th of July Weekend (Days 3 & 4): Following an amazing day atop Curtis Gilbert we decided to explore the Conrad glacier on it’s north aspect. The entire Conrad Creek drainage was incredibly picturesque. A wonderfully mellow off trail romp under broken clouds culminating with a plunge in Cold Lake. We returned to camp and continued the party. Slept in the following morning and hiked out.
Various scenes from my Goat Rocks 4th of July Weekend (Days 1 & 2): An amazing 4 day trip with friends and the pup. Shown here is our approach from the east side of the crest via the broad Conrad Meadows. We obtained a high camp well off the trail at Warm Lake. This was our home for the next three nights. We only saw two other hikers the entire weekend once we staked our ground. Between the five of us we packed in the kitchen sink and subsequently ate and drank well. The following day included a summit of Mt. Curtis Gilbert. Conditions were sunny and windy. The views of Adams and Rainier were unbelievable.
Highlights from my Mt. Anderson climb. This peak is the hydrological center of the Olympic range. Drainages head away in all directions, to the Pacific in the west, to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the North, & the Hood Canal in the East. Once again, an excellent trip with a great team and terrific conditions. Full photo set can be found here.
The good stuff… Summit pano from Mt. Constance (06-09-13). From left to right- in the south The Brothers, to the west the heart of the Olympic range, to the north low layer clouds conceal the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and on the far right to the east is glorious Mt. Baker.
Successful summit of Mt. Constance (7,756 ft). An epic day in the mountains with a fantastic team. That’s me- sunburn, smile, and all. To the south The Brothers surrounded by low land clouds accompanied by the rest of the Olympic range continuing westerly. Photo courtesy of Sue Shih.
Great trip less the crap weather. Spring time in the Cascades pulled a fast one on us all. My camera kept fogging up and/or blured from the sideways snow and rain. The results varied, but in this photo I was excited by nature’s mysterious distortion.
Also, reflecting upon Semi-Rad’s recent post "Are you ready for your summit photo", I’ve concluded that I was indeed ready as always. But sadly the backdrop of near zero visibility made for a less desirable scene. Sometimes the only summit views are one another’s smiles. And that’s fine by me.
Example of said summit smiles here and more photos here.