Here are some pictures of the trip Mike and I took in early August (2001) to traverse the northeast ridge of Black Peak...  The plan was to meet at Mike's around 5:00 pm, drive to the trailhead, get some sleep at the trailhead, get up around 5:00 am, hike in light, do the traverse, and get out.  We ended up getting to the trailhead at around 8:00 pm and decided to get in as far as possible before it got too late.  We made Heather Pass a little after 9:00, put on our headlamps, and actually made it to Wing Lake at around 10:45.  Mike did some excellent route finding through the boulder field under headlamp!  The route from camp to Heather Pass can be seen in this aerial view I took from the ridge...  We apologize to those climbers we woke up as we made our way around the lake looking for a camp spot at 10 o'clock in the evening!  The route from the lake to the base of the ridge can be seen from this shot I took as we left on Sunday...

Good morning sunshine... - Since we saved a couple hours by hiking up the previous evening, we were able to observe this spectacular sunrise.  Actually, Mike wanted to do the observing, I wanted to sleep!  But Mike got up too fast - and was lightheaded, so he persuaded me to take the dawn patrol - man, what a con artist!  I was rewarded with a pretty spectacular show though...

Spectacular sunrise...

Perfect camp site... - We arrived at Wing lake around 10:00 pm, and set about looking for a camp site.  Of course, choice sites we had used previously were in use.  After 20 minutes or so of groping around under head lamps, Mike found this site next to the lake, which was actually pretty nice.  I took this shot during sun rise... Sunrise near Black Peak...
Cascading streams... - From our camp site, we were rewarded with varied views of mountain terrain - glacier, moraine, valleys, snow fields and wonderful drainage systems that cascade down slopes.  I took this shot of the system that drains the east side of the Northeast ridge.

Cascading streams off the north flank of Black Peak...

The traverse... - The traverse was a very pleasurable experience!  There are fantastic views of most of the North Cascades.  With the summit almost at 9,000 feet, as you approach the top, there isn't much you can't see.  Also, while there may be some class 5.6 or 5.7 pitches, most of the traverse is class 4 or low class 5 scrambles, with some technical stretches.  Although we brought our rock shoes and pro, we were able to complete the traverse in our climbing boots, and placed very little gear.  We mostly used webbing for belay anchors.  I took this dramatic shot of Mike on the right as he lead one of the pitches...

These other shots were taken while heading up:

Mike took this shot of me as we head up the snow field below the ridge...
With Highway 20 in the background, Mike belays me as I lead a pitch...
Wing Lake is on the right, Lewis Lake slightly above, Heather Pass in the upper right hand corner, and Highway 20 in the upper left as Mike crests a pitch...
Mike belays me up a pitch as I come over a small crest...
As we get higher on the arm, the amount of exposure is revealed as I belay Mike from below...
Mike belays me as I head up a gendarme - this was one of the more pleasurable pitches...
Mike took this awesome shot of me ascending a pitch about a thousand feet above a glacier on the northwest face!
Mike took this shot as he approaches my belay station near the summit block...
Following the summit, as weather moves in, the background including Mt. Goode is surreal as we head down the south ridge...
I took this of Mike with Mt. Goode and Forbidden in the background...
 

Mike leading a pict on Black Peak...

Heading out... - Chased out rather quickly by some weather, Mike took this shot of me at the mouth of Wing Lake, with both ridges of Black Peak in the background.  We ascended the ridge on the right, and came down the one on the left...

Tom next ot Wing Lake with Black Peak in the background...

Mike relaxes at the boulder field... - The boulder field at the second lake (Lewis Lake) is the biggest pain of the approach to Wing Lake.  Here the scale of the size of the rocks is plainly visible as Mike waits for me to catch up during hike out.  Heather Pass, which leads us down to the car about 2 miles is on the right.  To get there, you must hike down to the lake, and then back up 450 vertical feet to the pass.  When we came in, we traversed the entire way across these rocks by headlamp!

Mike relaxing near Lewis Lake...

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