July 29, 2001
Ten of us awoke at Devil’s Lake C.G. to a sky full of
stars and frost on the cars.
We started up the trail at 5:45 a.m. and made our way up a mile
and a half through the woods to the Moraine Lake Plateau, where
we were met by a stiff, cool breeze.
We walked along the trail, visiting, taking pictures and enjoying
At about 8000 ft. we noticed that the weather might be changing
for the worse, so we made a charge for the summit.
We got to the crater rim by 10:40, where we found a sheltered spot
to have lunch.
Then we took the 15-minute hike around the crater to the summit,
where we snapped a few pictures before making a quick retreat due
to the wind and cold.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. we had descended to 8000 ft. when a
wall of clouds came rolling in from the west.
A light rain began to fall, so we hurried back to the cars, arriving
Special thanks to my co-leader
for taking back two climbers, which allowed the rest of the group to summit.
Greg & Jim Henderson,
Mark Slipp (climb leader).