Armchair Traverse

Kathia on ridge between Weart and Cook
Kathia on ridge between Weart and Cook

1100 meters up to Wedgemount Lake and 960 meters from there to Mount Weart and finally Kathia and I were beginning the heart of our ridge traverse. It was snowy and loose and at times a perfect knife ridge. We were climbing in shorts and boots- a rare combination. But the forecast was for hot temperatures and we knew we would be travelling across lots of snow. The alpine was beautiful and reminded me of all the adventures we have right in our back yard. Looking across at Wedge had me longing for skis and winter. We truly live in a mountain playground. We followed the ridge to Cook. Finally I was relieved to know our uphill travel in the day was over. But the descent from Cook involved wet snow that filled our boots and ankle biting large scree. A little less than 10 hours later we reached the car, a bottle of wine, and lemonade. Now, if the weather will just cooperate, we will set our sites on the next adventure!

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