Anyhow, so it has happened. The early setting sun signals that the days are not as long as they used to be, and fair weather weekends are starting to be in short supply. Fear not those of you who have yet to capture their grand adventure for the year or who have not yet taken the chance to step away from the cubicle or work place whatever that might be. There is still plenty of hope for that trip or climb you have been dreaming about since the dark days of winter faded so many weeks ago.
Here are a few recommendations for the late summer and fall, as well as a few photos to inspire you.
-A weekend of alpine rock climbing on the granite spires of the Washington Pass area, North Cascades, WA.
-Walk, scramble, or rope-up for some of the best alpine granite in the country in the Eastern, Sierra, a lifetime of possibilities.
-Like to sweat and gamble? Vegas might be a good choice for some hot climbing in the early season sun.
-Been sweating too much? Escape on a glacier in the North Cascades. Eldorado Peak and Mount Shuksan make great late season glacier climbs after many of the glacier routes are out of shape for the year.
If I was able to sneak out of my corner for a few days, you can bet it would be to the Sierra. Fall down there is gorgeous, and many of the summer visitors have gone back to work, school, and regular life. I have been there 3 or 4 times in September and haven’t seen so much as a cloud in the sky in nearly two months of climbing days in the high country. GO!
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The Mathes Crest and High Country of Tuolumne Meadows, High Sierra.
High alpine granite domes in the Eastern Sierra.
Eldorado Peak in the North Cascades
The Spires of Washington Pass
Traversing the Inspiration Glacier under Eldorado Peak
Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades