Ready for another 13er peak bagging excursion Marc and I got to the end of Chaffee county 390b around sunset, ate like kings, passed out and were hiking at 3:45 am. Quickly gaining the basin we passed on the standard gully ascent to attempt the aesthetic east ridge of North Apostle.
North Apostle's N face at sunrise
It was an easy hike between cliffs to gain the dramatic ridge.
3 Apostles sunrise
The east ridge of North Apostle with Ice and West Apostle behind
After a short traverse to North Apostle's east Ridge the scrambling gained altitude at a good pace.
The lower 1/4 of the ridge was solid
Marc Climbing good class 4 rock
Towers 1/2 way up the East ridge
More big moves to stay on the ridge
The route was solid throughout, filled with good holds and astonishingly fun rock for the Sawach.
We gained the Summit at 8:00am and had an excellent view of the other Apostles.
Summit of North Apostle with Ice Mt, next up!
Ice Mt from the saddle
Easy class 2 talus to the North Apostle, Ice Mt saddle led to greater scrambling ascending to the group's high peak.
Looking back to North Apostle
The view of Ice Mt's East ridge
Marc handstanding the ridge
3/4 of the way up Ice Mt
Final class 4 Chimmney Between 13800 and 13860 Roach describes a gully to avoid the major difficulties of the upper ridge. Comfortable with the rock in the area we found solid class 4 scrambles up a short chimney to gain the top of the ridge.
Pondering the short climb to Ice Mt's summit
After the chimney the difficulty stayed at class 3 it was just 100 more ft to go!
The scramble was amazing, solid, airy, and fun
We summited Ice Mt at 9:15 had a long break an celebratory beers.
Summit of Ice Mt
Reversing Roach’s description towards West Apostle we descended a loose SW gully to avoid the major cliffs on Ice Mt’s west ridge.
Southwestern gully off Ice's summit
further down the gully
At the base of the gully a series of grassy ledges and traverses led the way to the Ice Mt, West Apostle saddle.
Looking East back across the traverse
Just above the Ice Mt West Apostle saddle
Just above the saddle West Apostle’s north face dropped off dramatically, astounding cliffs led to deep steep gullies.
Tower on West Apostle's east ridge
Looking back to Ice Mt and North Apostle
Summiting West Apostle with clear full views of the morning’s accomplishments was a very rewarding way to descend.
Summit of West Apostle with Ice Mt and North Apostle
Just SW of West Apostle we got a shot of all 3 Apostles what a day of great scrambling/climbing!
West Apostle Ice Mt and North Apostle from West Apostle's false Summit
Down a steep gully and then ridge leading to a small lake directly north of West Apostle we quickly descended towards lake Ann. Wonderful afternoon weather helped us by being just slightly cloudy.
Wildflowers near lake Ann
Taken near the trail split between Apostle Basin and Lake Ann trails I got a perfect view of the entire traverse. This is an amazing classic climb I highly recommend it.
Ice Cubed, check!
I arrived a few minuets after Marc at the campsite near the trailhead at 4:10pm total time 12hrs 25min