||We have lunch, David tries to nap.
|| Mt. Conness. Bill claims to see people through his binoculars.
We begin the actual climb.
This part of the trail is lots of sand
|| at a critical angle,
||interspersed with large boulders to grab.
|| Bill and David climb with their sticks,||while Frank and Stella use their hands.
|| (And a lot of leg power.)
|| Stella rests at this level spot, while David still climbs below.
||Three sentries above, which Frank aims at.
||Ah, a more level section.||
|| Stella pauses to drink.
||Bill turns back to confer with David, who signals he's calling it quits.||Frank hopes he's as fit as David when he gets that age. Stella sihouetted against a glacial lake.||The Conness glacier.||Stella follows Frank, who has given up on the trail and who crawls up the rocks "like a spider".
||Bill continues along the sandy path with his sticks.
||Stella changes plans, and follows Bill.||Stella appears at the crest,
|| and steps out onto the saddle.
||Frank climbs off the pinnacle where he was waiting
||and heads across the saddle
||with Stella behind.
||Meanwhile Bill begins the final ascent.