Matt Lemke and the Lewis brothers joined us yesterday for our climb of Reynolds Peak. Snow started along Reynolds Creek around 4200 feet. Half of us used crampons on the icy snow in the forest.
first view of the peaks
Michael rodeo style
We made two log crossings and then came to the basin below parallel gullies. We climbed the right gully. For some reason Matt and Josh had decided not to bring snowshoes, but the rest of us wore them.
summit block ahead
At the top of the gully we came to an upper basin below Camels Hump. We turned right and ascended steep snow until we crested the south ridge, near the summit block.
Josh and Matt on the summit
On the summit block we encountered steep loose scree/mud, and then above that more steep snow. Matt beat us all to the summit by at least 20 minutes. The rock was exposed class 3 with potential 4 moves. There were a few sketchy areas where we had to transition back and forth between very steep snow and rock.
Josh, Matt and Heather
Flora and Tupshin
The Needles and Big Kangaroo
Matt on the south ridge
exposed log crossing
During the descent we made several long glissades which were perfect in the soft top layer.
Thanks for taking us gimpilator. Aside from knee pain the climb was really cool. The scramble was a little icy but the views were killer. It was a real fun glissade on the descent too. Matt Lemke took us home.
Sunrise through the trees.
Josh fell in a snow hole. I helped him out afterwards
meadow near the Reynolds creek crossing
Looking up at our route
Into the second basin. Knee pain almost turned me back here
Reynolds summit scramble
Looking towards the Oval Courtney Star group
Adam and Heather snowshoe towards the ridge
Matt approaching the summit
My route variation. I was way behind the others and ended up on 4th class rocks
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