View from car, on our way to the Ranger Station.
Andrew and I are geared up and ready to go...
Lots of switchbacks to get to this point. This is about 3.5 miles in.
These are "The Platforms". Essentially the trail ends for a while and you have to climb over these boulders. This is 5.6 miles in.
This is "The Meadow".
This is "The Moraine" (11,000 feet). This is where we set up base camp. Those rocks look comfortable, huh! There are a few flat spots around to set up a tent, but essentially you're on gravel. Above is the Lower Saddle...we do that in the morning....
The whole night we were out of breath and our hearts were pounding as our bodies tried to acclimate. By morning all seemed well.
Pictures: Courtesy of Andrew Teasdale (mostly).