On the way down, the winds on the unnamed peak at 13,120' must have gotten over 60, as I had to drop to my knees to avoid being taken somewhere I didn't want to go. It was blowing so hard, my goggles were actually vibrating! I only saw 3 people the whole time, which is very unusual for this relatively popular winter route; wind forecast must have kept people off the ridgelines.
An epic little hike today, enjoy a few pics and videos from the calm and warmth of your home or office. If you want to see a few more still images from this winter ascent of Mt. Sniktau, CO, please check out the link.
|Mt. Sniktau from Pt. 13,120|
|Some of the cool sastrugi formations; this one looked like a wave in more ways than one!|
|These are clearly tracks from something, but I have no idea what. They were about 3" wide. Does some joker make dog-booties that have weird prints on the bottom? LOL Very strange.|
|I finally dumped the Tamrac Photo Trekker backpack in favor of F-Stop Gear's new Tilopa BC photo backpack. Such a great pack for carrying photo gear!|
|After summiting, returning toward Pt. 13,120' where the winds were nastiest (see video of blowing snow below).|
|At 2:20 PM was perhaps the biggest gust of the day, likely well over 60 MPH. Note how the edges of my jacket are blurred from the high-frequency flapping in the wind!|
|More sastrugi; this piece had to be hanging 24" out, supported by practically nothing.|
|Almost back to the car, the winds finally eased up after I descended off the ridgeline.|