Our Plan B after nasty spring weather kept us out of the couloirs
View southeast as we ascended Hematite Gulch. The clouds broke slightly, making for some interesting scenery. The main peak on the left is Galena Mountain.
From Hematite Lake, we worked our way south onto Macomber Peak's southeast ridge.
Kevin, Pete, Adam & Dwight goofing off on the summit of Tower Mountain. If you look closely you will see an entire granola bar hanging from Dwight's mouth. Spectacular views, eh?
We knew that the ridge between Tower Mountain and Dome Mountain had some significant obstacles so we opted to descend into Cataract Basin to bypass it. The several inches of new snow covering up the dust layer made for slippery footing. Adam went first and kicked some nice steps so the rest of us could descend with ease. Thanks Adam!
Pete climbing up the remnants of a cornice on the west ridge of Dome Mountain.
The west ridge of Dome Mountain requires some easy scrambling, but the combination of wet and loose rock made it a bit more challenging than it would otherwise be.
Dwight and Kevin scrambling down the initial part of Dome's West Ridge. The rock here was very loose and somebody (who shall remain nameless) managed to knock a good-sized rock down my way. Be careful!
Kevin is amused by Dwight's method of overcoming the cornice. The weather has cleared a bit and much of Dome's West Ridge can be seen in the background.
Adam stands triumphant atop a cool rock formation in Cataract Basin.