Peak(s):  White BM  -  13,401 feet
Teocalli Mtn  -  13,208 feet
Date Posted:  11/01/2016
Modified:  11/02/2016
Date Climbed:   10/29/2016
Author:  piper14er
 An Unfinished Tale not so Black and White  

The White
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The White


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The start


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The start of Unfinished Tales


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Past the tower


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Past and present


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Huan the Hound, ahem Billie the Border Collie


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I am not a hound but I am cool


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The Lonely Mountain


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Through rock and fen


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Over grass and stone


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more grass and stone


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The Rock goes ever ever on


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now I am a Warg


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Tor and Wold


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Caradhras


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The Ghylls


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Evil White and the Ghylls was too much for an old man


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The Fell Ridge offered no better fare


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Our Doom did not lie in the Queen's Basin


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The Mines of Moria were not there so we fully skirted the mountain


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The hollow we wended our way up and through that led to this eryrie


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Mountains


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Gandalph


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Mountains


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and more...


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forth the Eorlingas


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forth


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"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens"


"It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish."

The journey on this day started on the noon hour and did not finish at camp and hearth before 9 and 30 towards the end of day.

3 leagues and more was the distance travelled (10 miles), 1100 and more ells upward (4400 feet) under sunlight and in darkness, when in the end only the great Huan (Billie Jean) led us back through withy-path and rocky tracks by just the scent of our earlier ascent to safehome.

"Home is behind, the world ahead,
and there are many paths to tread
through shadows to the edge of night,
until the stars are all alight."

Teocalli

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Early light on the Teocalli Trail


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The Trail


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Left at the signs


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The Signs


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The Trail


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and goat


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A bit of sun and the trail through the rock


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Cloud-wrack and views


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Clouds and summit in the distance


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near


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Teocalli


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A look way back down



Footnotes on Cardhras (White BM):
In the end, the route to White Benchmark was longer than needs be since being an arse I thought that following the route we had previously trod upon and was known would be better than naught (previously reported on White Rock Mountain). The Gyhlls, a gully to most, was waist deep full of snow, so that the picture of Gandalph was not too far off, as the snow was soft, powder of sorts and nearly waist deep, guessing the couloir is 40-45 degrees +/-. Thus we were rebuffed. I spent some minutes scrambling up more loose step sidehill to the ridge just where the one tower is but that was not good. I did read a gp report (14ers.com) about the ridge and it's Class 5 vagaries. Not much else on a route this way, Queens Basin I guess is more standard. The gpx I have provided shows that if you were to go to a point directly south of the mountain you should find a way upwards that whilst loose and obnoxious it does go at a 2+ or easy 3 to a narrow summit. Wet loose dirt, scree and talus was somewhat hateful especially after all the extracurricular activities just prior. Since we left at noon we had several hours of darkness navigating down rock, through willows and through forest.

"All's well that ends better."

Footnotes on Teocalli:
My decision to hit White first was a good one despite the dark return. Teocalli is a nice walk up with some talus above. The weather was rain first, cloudy with some moments of sun, snow towards the summit and rain at the end. The talus was a bit slippery on top but otherwise despite some rubbery legs all good. 4 miles or so and 3300 feet.

The Tale of theses two mountains is finished...

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions
Presto

Love it ..
11/07/2016 12:10
When trip reports for "the road less traveled" peaks show up. Very nice indeed. Glad to see the return of THE DOG (aka, Billie Jean, Huan .. #7, Warg .. #14, Foggy Doggy .. #43, "Joe Cool" .. #8, and "I Can Relax Anywhere" .. #21). Now life is back in balance ... Happy Trails!


piper14er

thanks
11/08/2016 19:16
to Billie Jeans #1 fan as always balance is important



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