Monday, December 17, 2012
We started out at 6:15 a.m., just before dawn. The morning light on Mount Wilson (on the right) was outstanding. The first bit was on a trail, but that ended at the mouth of the canyon, seen approximately in the middle of the picture. From there on the approach looked like this:
The wind was strong here. I'm shown cresting a sandstone "beehive" along the route upwards.
Here we begin the ascent of the Hidden Bowl by climbing steep slabs of sandstone. We'll gain over 2000' vertical feet here.
The summit was completely covered with clouds. The wind was blowing in excess of 20 mph, with gusts well into the 30 mph range. Fortunately, the only precipitation was just the dripping of the cloud, which didn't make the sandstone as slippery as it could have if it were actually raining.
The layer of clouds can be seen clearly here once we dropped down off the summit for a descent off the backside of the peak.