Finally - at the top!
From left to right: Mike Meehan of Crew #1, Charlie Berenson, Tom Gavin, Jim Cotter, Spencer Bell, Harold Snedeker and Cory Morganstern.
We're higher than anything else in sight
As can be seen in this picture, Baldy is the highest peak in the area. You could see for miles in every direction. The only signs of civilization, besides the abandoned mine near the summit, were a man-made lake in a distant valley, and smoke rising from a smelter in Colorado.
Some tired but happy climbers
Cory Morganstern, Harold Snedeker, Charlie Berenson, Tom Gavin
Yours truly at the top
Boy, don't I look happy! My knees are dirty from having had to literally climb up parts of the route on hands and knees.
Jim Cotter, with Miranda down below
Just two days ago we were happily hiking along the trail at the center of the valley. It's hard to believe we made it up there in two days - but we did!
More of Colorado
Cold, rocky, and very empty up at the top
The top of Baldy was somewhat flat - not a sharp, distinct summit. Other than some small patches of grass and lichen, it was a wind-swept and barren place indeed.
Gathering at the summit
This was the highest point on Baldy - 12,441 feet above sea level. That's me in gray, with camera in one hand and a pack of film and water in the other.
Some of Mr. Tobin's crew
This group had taken the supposedly easier trail up from Baldy Town, and we met them on the top of Baldy. They look like they just conquered Everest!
Ready for more of Day 20?