Virginia Pass Crag

As I rounded the lake, a striking peak near its outlet came into view and I knew immediately that the plan was kaput. I didn’t care if this peak would even count for a bonus on the Challenge, or if I’d have enough energy to continue on to the Challenge Peak; I had to climb this peak!

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Sky Blue Lake Peak

Alas, after several weeks of searching, I’ve been unable to find my SD card from this trip…

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Candlelight Peak

Iris shouted up “Ooh! AJ’s going for bonus points!” Apparently there was a much easier route down, but I was enjoying the climb and it seemed like the more complicated climbing was successfully distracting my mind from the pain in my legs.

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East Spur

Sean had written that he summited at 10:40 am, more than three hours earlier! Even better, according to the entry, he’d left some cookies for us!

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Kearsarge Pinnacle #8

I was ecstatic to make it to the summit and officially be a 5.easy climber!

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Staghorn Peak

At sunrise, I stopped briefly to take a few photos and check the elevation. We had climbed 1,500 feet, and I tried not to think too hard on the fact that this meant we were only about one quarter of the way up the pass.

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Mt George Davis

The ridge comprised solid, trustworthy granite with plenty of features to climb and was pure fun class 3 climbing!

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Knapsack Pass Peak

As I started down Bishop Pass I could hardly believe what I was seeing — the lakes which we had so hurriedly passed in the morning glum were now illuminated by the sun in various shades of blue and green!

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McGee Pass Peak

If the rock were a little more solid this would have made for some fun climbing! Instead it was a bit too stressful to be pure fun.

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