Gerry, back for another weekend near Boston Basin.
Alex, seeking payback for an abortive trip to Mt. Shuksan's Fischer Chimneys.
Rocky prow guarding the approach to the Inspiration Glacier.
The Inspiration Glacier slips away east toward Forbidden Peak.
It's a big flat glacier...
Chelan forest fires may have enhanced the alpenglow across Forbidden Peak.
Crunching up the snow to the base of Dorado Needle's Southwest Buttress around 7 am.
Alex is unfazed by the easy alpine rock climbing.
Jeff starts up the fantastic crux pitch.
A finger crack runs up the clean and solid face on this pitch.
Alex tops out on the summit!
Without this easy escape, we could have faced steep ice climbing to reach our descent path down the McAlister Glacier...
Glad to have pulled it off!