My brother and I made our way up to McNeil Point Saturday afternoon and then ventured forth into the night up Cathedral Ridge to around 7,500 ft before the moon sliver set and all ambient light diminished.
Alas the headlamps could only illuminate so much, and so we turned back, but not before traversing some highly exposed class 4 rock on the knife ridge gendarme garden. I am greatly anticipating climbing that route in full.
Some photos for your pleasure:
There was a nice little saucer hovering over Illumination Rock for awhile too.
Anyone climb this route? Or know about it? Upper Sandy Glacier Couloir maybe? I would like to give it a try sometime soon.
Sandy Headwall Gully looking sweet too, although out of my league; assuming it's the line from glacier to bottom of upper Yocum?
Clouds moved up the Muddy Fork like slow water while the Willamette Valley bore more of a resemblance to the ocean.
It only ever got this bright if and when you left the shutter open for 15 minutes.