These panoramics were taken of Bold Peak in May, July, and December.
Resting at 7,522 feet, most routes up Bold Peak are technical in nature, the only "non-technical" route is to flank around the South East face, and approach the upper reaches of the summit by way of the Stivers Gully. A 2,000ft chute full of scree.
But first, we had to get to the peak. I guess you could consider Bold, off the "Beaten Path". Eklutna Park is 12 miles off the Glen Highway. We then rode 10.5 miles around Eklutna Lake on the Lakeside Trail. Ditching our bikes in the woods, we hiked 2 miles to the base of the Stivers Gully.
Due to the distance to reach the peak, and the elevation change to reach the summit, we had to start early, making for a gorgeous mystic sunrise above the lake.
Bold Peak, sunrising behind it.Gretchen hiking along the East Fork of the Eklutna River.
The base of Stivers Gully.
The Mitre, Bellicose Peak, Benign Peak, and Ovis Peak, all between 6-7000feet. With termination dust accumulating between 3-4ooofeet.
Gretchen hiking up the Stivers Gully. It was sort of like a never ending StairMaster, except two steps up and one step down as the scree slides out from underneath you.
Sam and Jack enjoying the beautiful fall day.The top of the gully, around 3,200 feet; here we had to use two fixed ropes to "climb" up the loose 4th class slope.
Once above the gully we broke out into a steep grassy slope, we continued up this slope, until just below "Gods Palace". At approximately 4,000feet, visibility dropped to zero, the wind picked up, and snow started dumping on us. The peak was completely obscured in the snow clouds, the ground was becoming increasingly slippery from the snow; so we decided to turn back, saving the summit of Bold Peak for another day. Sam and Jack enjoying lunch in the Gully, after turning back from the summit, 3500feet short... We will return.