Last tuesday, we decided to ditch work and climb Pikes Peak (14,110 ft) the cool way. The Y-Couloir. 1000 ft of steep snow to the summit. We kind of cheated to get there. We drove up to 13,000 ft on the road that goes to the top and traversed over to the climb.
Next task was climbing the well packed 45 degree snow slope. I was excited about using my crampons and ice axe on my first coulior climb.
The picture above is the view down and the picture below is the view up.
Around 13,500 ft I slowed quite a bit due to the altitude. The views made the rests worthwhile.
At last the summit was in sight. Below is a photo of Brandon at the top and Aaron and I on the last bit of the climb.