Climbing Luna Peak

August, 2015

Ross
Ross Lake water tax to Big Beaver Camp. Thanks to Clay for the photo
This
This is what Clifford Ashley would have done if he had been alive at the same time as tallboys.
Vine
Vine Maple
Big
Big trees here!
Mel
Mel is ready to go
So
So many tiny frogs
Sunlight!
Sunlight!
Shroomin
Shroomin
Clay
Clay is stoked
Bubba
Bubba
A
A super creepy face we saw in a tree at the bushwhack cairn
Roughing
Roughing it. For real.
Next
Next morning starts with some hardcore bushwhacking
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs might eat these leaves
Crossing
Crossing Big Beaver Creek at logjam #1. Thanks Clay for the photo!
Mel
Mel is right in front of us in this photo.
Crossing
Crossing Access Creek
Lunchtime
Lunchtime at the ~2800' bench
This
This log is halfway to becoming dirt
More
More brush
Up
Up and up
Wave
Wave interaction
2
2 days later, we get the first sight of our goal
We
We just crashed through all of this
Then
Then some talus
Then
Then some more brush
Our
Our fearless leader pushes on
Luna
Luna Cirque. Holy Crap.
Up
Up the final ramp
Lonely
Lonely flowers in the talus field.
We're
We're almost to the Luna Col.
Clay
Clay in alpenglow
On
On top of the world
Moons
Moons over my Picketts
Clay
Clay gets an alpine start for his summit push
Good
Good morning mountains
Northern
Northern Picketts
McMillan
McMillan Spires
Clay
Clay admires his achievement
The
The blue arrow points to Mel for a sense of scale in the cirque
Clay
Clay is jovial despite the enormous bushwhack ahead of us
Down
Down
We
We stopped to read some Hamlet in this lovely field
Mossy
Mossy creek
More
More heavy bush
Clay
Clay models the prototype model of my "Luna Chaps"
We
We witnessed a turf war between some paper wasps and a beehive. They were throwing down for hours.
Cut
Cut up legs all around
Passed
Passed out
Chipper
Chipper in the morning
We
We recovered the beverages we had cached in the creek. Sweet relief!
A
A quick dip in the lake waiting for our return taxi
Leaving
Leaving the Big Beaver Valley
Stoked
Stoked back at the car. Thanks Clay for this photo.