Peak(s):  Pigeon Pk  -  13,972 feet
Turret Pk A  -  13,835 feet
Date Posted:  08/21/2016
Date Climbed:   08/13/2016
Author:  mattpayne11
 Pigeon Peak and Turret Peak under the Perseid Meteor Shower   

I first admired Pigeon Peak's utterly impressive east face from the summit of Arrow Peak in 2010 on one of the most epic trips I've been on in my life. Ever since then, I knew that a trip up Pigeon Peak would be in my future. It only took 6 years, but I finally pulled it off. If someone would have told me at the start of the year that I was going to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower from the saddle between Pigeon Peak and Turret Peak this year I would have just laughed it off. After living in Portland, Oregon for two years, I had developed a bit of a beer gut and lost some of my "mountaineering shape" I had worked on while going after the 14ers from 2008 - 2012. A year ago the idea of pushing myself hard enough to photograph the best meteor shower of the year from 13,000 ft. would have been laughable... but here we are in 2016 and that's exactly what I did. In fact, the details of my trip, in retrospect, are a bit staggering to take in, at least for my old 37-year-old body. The full details show nicely on my GaiaGPS track, which is downloadable.

You can read the full Trip Report HERE, which includes about 50 photos, four videos, and my GPX file.

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Sunrise from Turret Peak


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Sunset from Ruby Basin


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Waiting for the Perseids


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Ruby Basin



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions
Hoot

Great photos
08/22/2016 19:32
and a very cool time lapse video of the shower!


mattpayne11

Thanks Hoot
08/22/2016 19:34
Glad you enjoyed the show :-)


PaliKona
A-mazing
08/23/2016 07:41
Loved the report, photos and the trip. Sounds grueling!


koeffling

Beautiful
08/24/2016 21:52
That's a heck of a sunrise. Gorgeous photos, great report.


mattpayne11

Thanks Pali and Koeffling
08/25/2016 12:57
Appreciate it - it was a pretty great trip I will always remember. It was the first time I've done a solo multi-day trip, which was really fun.


Jay521

Your pics
08/29/2016 13:48
are always killer!



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