Holy Cross Revisited:
Images of a Winter Gathering
Route: North Ridge
Approach: Tigiwon Road
Dates: March 16, 17, and 18, 2012
Length: About 28 miles RT
Vertical: About 7800 feet
Ascent Party: Ken Nolan, Jean Aschenbrenner, Steve Gladbach, Dave and Emily Hale, Terry Horvath, Darin Baker,
Britt Jones, Joe Winter, Greg Summitlounger, Kevin Papillon, Sarah Wooderson, Kimo, Jeff, Lynn, Rob, Matt, Jim.
Summit day dawns as we ascend out of the East Cross Creek drainage.
Winter's end, 2012. A celebration of what we love, a gathering of alpinists, a difficult and joyful journey to a peak seldom seen under winter's wrap.
Greg (Summitlounger) did a beautiful job covering this incredible late season trip in his recent report:
Here are some additional images, mostly from Britt and myself, that I wanted to share with everyone. This was an incredible trip
with the camaraderie of eighteen people on the mountain. We came in Friday morning, summitted Saturday, and broke camp on Sunday.
Britt Jones. Britt was a major motivating force in his desire to attain Holy Cross Ridge, a Centennial 13er.
The Tigiwon road is long - over eight miles - but is usually well-groomed in winter, thanks to a local snowmobile operation. Carrying the additional weight
of snowshoes and boots, to ski the road, is worthwhile.
Lynn and Rob. Lynn wanted a winter finisher this year, on Holy Cross. It turned out to be her pre-finisher. She has only one peak remaining.
Sarah outside the Tigiwon Community House. Milepost six on the Tigiwon Road.
The warm spring-like day is well captured in Jeff's shot, taken near the Tigiwon House.
Lynn, Rob, Darin, and Jeff, nearing the summer trailhead.
Britt managed this beautiful capture near the Half Moon camp.
Backside of Half Moon Pass, summit morning.
Kevin and Sarah cresting treeline.
Kiefer Hale practicing the art of the lost stick.
Dave and Emily with Shep, Kiefer's "twin".
Ken and Jean.
Rob, Lynn, and Matt.
Steve and Britt with another winter Centennial - Holy Cross Ridge.
Terry still wearing a smile at the end of a long trip.
Thanks to all for sharing a wonderful trip at winter's close.
Happy spring, everyone!