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Beach Ball time!
Great way to end an awesome 2009-2010 year for Math Club: Pool Party at CSUF!!!
Math Club members enjoy the water at the Student Rec Center
A climber on Tanima Peak took this shot of Lake of Many Winds and got the YMCA hiking group crossing the snowfield far, far below! The climber gave contact info to H'master Scott atop Boulder-Grand Pass, so we have the photo!
Almost back to Thunder Lake, seen here. From here, 6.1 miles downtrail will conclude the hike. But at the campsite at the lake's other end, the YMCA group was in for a 15-minute delay thanks to a 4-legged surprise!
Remember when you were asked about Fan Falls? Now do you see it on the foreground tree-covered ridge? And where is all of Hikemaster Scott's beloved snow on the high peaks?!?!?! The end of summer can't be far behind :-(
Longs Peak (left), Mount Meeker (right), and Mount Orton (front) provide a great backdrop to the foreground greenery and stream pouring from Many Winds to Thunder!
The hikers may be back on trail, but the steepness continues here. Thunder Lake still seems so far away. Nonetheless, this hike was worth every step. Tanima was AWESOME -- great weather and great hikers too!
Everyone has a good 10 miles or so on their feet already, with many more to go! It's going to be a long trip down, but everyone did very well on the journey :-)
Done with the helmets, the YMCA hikers expect faster hiking ahead as Hikemaster Maggie leads the way back to trail. No more surprises, right? Well, not so fast! Keep going to see what lies ahead :-)
A look back at the steep climb leading to Boulder-Grand Pass. At right, two hikers not affiliated with the Tanima Peak YMCA group trek around Lake of Many Winds. The winds had decreased by the time the group got back to this point.
At the shore of Lake of Many Winds, huge rocks present a brief obstacle course for the hikers.
Lake of Many Winds (lower right) still looks so far down. The helmets continued to be worn until everyone was safely on the far shore, at the green lakeshore at the right edge of the photo.
The snow in the backdrop here sits nearly vertical, in case the photo doesn't help with the perspective! Watch your feet everybody! No mis-steps here please!
Everyone did a great job of not knocking rocks down the steep descent to Lake of Many Winds. This was a terrific group of hikers from start to finish, and they took the 90-minute late return very well :-)
You know what Glenn (front) and Carl are thinking? One guess: "If we have to descend something this steep, at least there are gorgeous wildflowers to highlight our path :-)"
From the top of Boulder-Grand Pass, Mount Orton rises in the background, with Thunder Lake (center) and Lake of Many Winds (lower right) in the valley below.
Hikemaster Scott is ready to go with his helmet at the top of Boulder-Grand Pass. Tanima Peak's gentle slope dominates the backdrop to the east. If only all summits were so flat and easy to ascend!
Glenn and Hikemaster Maggie descend towards Boulder-Grand Pass. Andrews Peak rises on the west side of RMNP in the right backdrop. That's a serious mountain!
John (left) and Chris hike west towards Boulder-Grand Pass, passing in front of Mount Alice. Almost time to get those helmets out again!
Lovely weather, cool breezes, and little threat of weather -- a great Friday in July in RMNP. The YMCA hikers enjoyed the trip, although the casual tone would lead to a 90-minute late return :-( Yikes!
Chris hikes back towards Boulder-Grand Pass across Tanima's tundra. Chiefshead, Pagoda, and Longs are sporting very little snow at this rather late stage of summer. Where did Hikemaster Scott's pretty mountains go?!?!?!
Carl enjoyed the climb to Tanima Peak. He's hiked a lot with Hikemaster Scott, including Chasm Lake, Thunder-Neota-Lulu Mtns, Chiquita Lake, Ute Trail West, and others in 2010!
Close-up of Eagle's Beak (right) and Frigid Lake (left), from the tundra near Tanima Peak. Frigid Lake is very high (11,800 ft, 6th highest lake in RMNP).
Massive Isolation Peak, with tiny Indigo Pond below. For some reason, Hikemasters Billy and Tony think a long, tiresome hike to Indigo Pond is worthwhile! sighh...maybe Hikemaster Scott can be talked into it someday?
YMCA hikers begin descending Tanima. This westward view shows Andrews Peak and some of the Never Summer Range in the distance. Grand Lake is visible at the photo's left edge.
Hikemaster Scott prepares to lead the YMCA group back down Tanima, but stops for a photo in front of Lake of Many Winds below. The return to Boulder-Grand Pass will be a gentle descent across pleasant tundra grass.