Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  03/25/2012
Date Climbed:   03/17/2012
Author:  Dancesatmoonrise
 Holy Cross Revisited: Images  

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!



 Comments or Questions

As always...
03/26/2012 12:00
Your photos are great! Love the shot of the Elks. Keep 'em coming!


03/26/2012 12:15
I always enjoy and learn from reading your TR's. Your love of the story is so evident. Thanks for sharing.


03/26/2012 13:25
Pics - love the sunrise shots. Seeing familiar faces is a treat and seeing others I haven't met yet is very cool - fun to put faces to names.
What a great adventure. Congrats!


Nice job on the photo montage!
03/26/2012 14:40
With so many people on a trip like this, there's lots of photos to share....and to remember. What an amazing weekend. Thanks for highlighting it with your photographic gifts.


Skiing the cross
03/26/2012 15:08
How did the cross couloir look for a ski descent


Wow - quite the gathering
03/26/2012 15:12
Nice work everyone. I'm sure it was a long slog.

Mickeys Grenade

03/26/2012 16:10
Great collection of photos


Amazing Trip
03/26/2012 16:30
Wow looks amazing. Some of those photos especially the sunrise ones are amazing.


Excellent, Jim!!
03/26/2012 17:29
Amazing photography as usual, with great narrative! Nice to see the trip from your perspective too. What a fabulous trip with a fabulous group! Thanks for sharing!


Nice photos ...
03/26/2012 17:37
And, so many smiling faces. Happy trails indeed!

I Man

06/20/2012 13:38
Great work Jim, your photos are art as usual. it was good to get out with you. Congrats again on getting HC in winter...I know it was one of your biggest goals heading into the season

Summit Lounger

03/26/2012 18:26
Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. It was a great trip. The moon over Notch Mt. is my favorite.


03/27/2012 01:08
The photos stunning, looks like a party up there ...


Awesome Photos!
03/27/2012 02:15
Way to end the season Jim! You sure have been rocking it.


Thanks, Jim
03/30/2012 03:47
Your photographic artwork is always a pleasure and, this time, makes a great complement to Summit Lounger's TR. I really enjoyed the weekend and your photospread is a present to all of us who wished for a memento.

There were almost too many people to visit with; I felt like I didn't get in enough conversation. (But, it was my own fault. I was anxious to get home as this weekend was the endcap of a final blitz week of winter hiking. I wanted to get home to see the kids.)


Awesome, as always!
03/30/2012 17:33
Great pictures, Jim. Thanks for posting this. Great, great memories!

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