Sunrise at 0556 from Granite Pass.
Alpenglow on the Diamond, Longs' east face.
Tents pitched in the Boulderfield...looks darned cold and uncomfortable. Notice the rock walls built to try and shield the tents from the winds which routinely sweep this area.
Not a graceful way to go through, but considering the high, gusting winds today, probably a safe way to do it.
View west through the Keyhole including McHenry's Peak, Frozen Lake, Shelf Lake, and Black Lake
Painted "targets" or "bulls -eyes", or 'fried eggs". Whatever you want to call them, these mark the route. This picture shows the end of the Ledges leading into the Trough.
Looking up the Trough, a fairly steep rubble-filled couloir.
Looking back down Glacier Gorge at Jewel and Mills Lakes.
The Narrows, a three-to-four foot wide path with big drop offs to the right.
Four hundred foot high cliffs known as "The Palisades". That's Mt. Meeker in the background.
This steep cliff with vertical cracks is called "The Homestretch". There's enough exposure here to make me mighty nervous, and I'm always relieved to finish this...both on the way up and on the way down.
View down the Homestretch from the summit of Longs.
Me getting ready to write my name into the summit log.
View of Mt. Meeker.
Looking east toward Twin Sisters with Chasm Lake and Peacock Pool in the foreground.
Storm Peak with a bit of residual snow. Down there in the lower center are those tents pitched in the Boulder Field. Good luck trying to pick them out!
Me tucking down behind some rocks for a well deserved rest and some food.
I waited for this group of climbers to attain the summit before starting my descent.
Paint marks and a sign direct hikers to the Narrows at the bottom of the Homestretch.