Caffeine kicking in around 5:30 in the morning...
Colchuck Lake is still frozen, but the snow in the couloir is getting soft.
Michael at the top of the North Buttress Couloir!
From the North Ridge of Colchuck, we get a view of Mt. Stuart's North Ridge and Northeast Face.
Turning the corner onto the Northwest Face of Colchuck Peak, with just under 1,000 vertical feet to go.
Alex is on top!
Actually, this is the real top, a bit higher, where we ran into the Russian Climbing Club.
Argonaut Peak, with Mt. Rainier.
The exit from the Northeast Buttress Couloir looks a bit complicated, especially put to scale in context with Gerry...
It really is a bit of hike from Colchuck Col to the summit of Dragontail Peak!
There's still a long line of ice on the Northwest shoulder of Dragontail.
Colchuck Peak's Northeast Buttress Couloir looks mostly straightforward, but we would have faced loose slides and soft conditions in the sun, followed by an uncertain exit challenge...
The North Buttress Couloir was far friendlier.