Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  09/21/2008
Date Climbed:   09/20/2008
Author:  Tory Wells

 Nice Day on Holy Cross  

I hiked/ran the north ridge of Holy Cross from Halfmoon TH on Sat 09/20. The snow that had been falling the last few weeks is mostly melted.
ImageAnd as a bonus, the aspens along the Tiguwon Road are hitting their peak color.
I left the TH at 0700 and was on the summit at 1015. Above treeline, Holy Cross is an endless talus/boulder field, which can be very tedious. There is a very nice melted-out cornice about halfway up the ridge that provides some much needed relief from the boulder hopping. It is like a snow sidewalk, firm and runnable.
A look at the snow catwalk from the summit:
Looking south-west toward the Elks:
As a final bonus, a brilliant rainbow appeared near Georgetown while driving down I-70 and moved all the way down the canyon with me to Idaho Springs.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

I‘m No Photographer
09/23/2008 02:40
But your photos have such interesting angles, and provide a really unique vision of that oft-photographed, wondrous peak. Nice report on my favorite 14er of the Sawatch - thanks for posting it!

Tory Wells

Thanks for the kind words Susan.......
09/03/2011 14:45
I‘ve learned about photography mostly thru trial and error. John Fielder‘s book ”Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing” has been a great help to me, but mostly I just take lots of pictures, trying different angles and exposures/speeds. Digital cameras are great for can take lots of pictures and not worry about wasting film.

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