Backpacking Island Lake and Mount Price in Desolation


Joined some friends for a birthday trip to the high country. Slept near the crest of the Crystal Range, really not very far from my home in the valley.

Three of us tried to summit in the late afternoon but turned around at the crux. It was six o’clock.

I’m not sure what to make of the route description. The “gentle sandy slope” from the saddle is a stout ridge. Didn’t have time to downclimb the other side and explore. The boot skiing was pretty perfect though.

Highlight of the trip was a “five wow” shooting star. It was low and slow and I had time to say “wow” that many times as it crossed the entire sky.

Also, the supermoon and the company made for a memorable camp in the alpine cirque.

Happy birthday Dimples!

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