We continued up to Blue Lake.
|Mt Toll from Blue Lake|
|The left facing face of this peak is often skied. The snowfield is still in tact late in the season.|
We weren't exactly sure what route we'd take up through the snowfields and slabs above Blue Lake so we just continued up climbing up and around the first snowfield
|Climbing over boulders above Blue Lake|
Eventually we got up above Upper Blue Lake and it seemed like a great hike so far, so I gave Heidi the option of turning around now. She said she had plenty of energy left and convinced me to continue up asking "who are you? where's my husband?"
I wasn't sure exactly how to get up above the snowfields without getting in over our heads. The snow was rock solid, too solid to kick steps with my Hokas, now equipped with patented banana skin soles.
We found a channel between a snowfield and a rock wall that required us to crawl up. I headed up ahead to see that it would get us around and confirmed down to Heidi to give it a try. Here's her squeezing her way up.
|Heidi - between a glacier and rock wall|
Up above we topped out on a big snowfield. Pretty impressive for mid-September. Heidi used both poles and I looked for level undulations in the snow to keep balance. We were both wishing we had crampons or microspikes for this section.
|Much steeper than it looks in this photo|
We climbed up above these rocks to the left, up to the ridge between Toll and Pawnee. At this point I realized it might be a whole lot easier to climb over Pawnee and descent Pawnee Pass rather than going back down this route. Heidi agreed and waited at the saddle while I scurried up to the summit of Toll.
|The final slope up Mt Toll. We skirted the snowfield on the left.|
|Amazing views from the top of Mt Toll, looking toward the Lone Eagle Cirque.|
|Mt Toll - summit shot|
|Pawnee Peak from Mt Toll. 4 climbers are on the summit and Heidi is somewhere in the center of the photo.|
We climbed up Pawnee and topped out together.
|Scrambling up Pawnee Peak|
|Toll (left) from Pawnee Peak|
|Summit self portrait|