Album: Mount LeConte
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 6/20/2004 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Mount LeConte (top). One of two chutes leading to the LeConte-Mallory plateau is visible in the center of the photo.
I'm headed for the chute in the center of the photo
LeConte's NW chute. The waterfall pitch is located where the dark stained rock is visible in the center of the photo. Most climbers appear to go up the left side.
Left side of the waterfall pitch. It's harder than it looks.
Closeup on the left side of the waterfall pitch.
Above the waterfall pitch -- approaching the summit
Summit of Mount LeConte. Snow/hail falling. As soon as I poked my head up I heard a funny buzzing sound. I knew immediately what it meant. Several seconds later a boom of thunder forced me to decend slightly.
As I pondered whether to climb back onto the summit, a second crack of lightening confirmed that it was time to go. Snow/hail was now falling at a faster rate.
As I feared, when I reached the waterfall pitch it was covered by snow and hail.