Window Peak

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Window Peak is in the Boulder range.

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Dave and I met at Banks at 5am (which means we were both up correspondingly early). Is it still an alpine start if you don't actually start climbing until 9am?

It was in the mid-teens at the trailhead, so we were eagerly anticipating the warmth of that sunshine ahead.

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And we were wondering about the condition of our chosen route. But wait- you can see most of it from way down here!

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But we still had a ways to go even to get into the drainage below the peak. On the other hand, nice trail, wonderful views, time to catch up.

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After a couple miles of nice trail, it was time to bushwack. For starters, cross the mostly-frozen creek. Then head up the left fork.

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There was very little snow, but enough to make underlying grass slippery and not enough to hold the loose scree together. So even down here, it was a fair bit of work.

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Then it was just scree. Lots of scree. Everywhere you looked scree.

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Well, there were a few boulders, too. But mostly scree.

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I was feeling really, really tired. But in retrospect, I did climb this entire hillside twice. Maybe three times.

Meanwhile, Dave had found a different route about 100 yards away. Based on the fact that we stayed roughly even in height, his route must have been as miserable as mine.

It was about here I remembered my old mantra: don't try to climb anything in the Boulders that's not covered in snow.

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But eventually, after much gasping for air, leaning on poles, and many spots floating before my eyes, we did gain the summit ridge. How pleasant!

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Dave and Ruby near the summit.

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And we're there!

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This peak has some major views in all directions. The fall lighting combined with the clear fall air, and a soupçon of snow... it was incredible.

This view shows the canyon we followed to get here, and the high Pioneers in the background.

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Looking across Galena Peak at the Sawtooths. Trailhead
Looking a little farther out our ridge. Note Ruby scenting goats. Trailhead

We spent 30 or 40 minutes on the summit taking it all in, including taking in some much-needed food. And then it was time to get on home. The descent through all that scree actually went pretty well. I only fell on my arse on one patch of ice. And then we were watching the shadows grow along the trail in the lower canyon.

Ruby got her first eleven-thousand foot peak. She thought she smelled goats on the summit. It was a good day.

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SuperDave's trip report

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