After taking a lengthy break on top of Kingston Peak, Zosia and I backtracked along the north ridge, but we made a few route adjustments to avoid some of the more difficult terrain which slowed us considerably during the ascent. As a result, our return trip across the north ridge was much more efficient and seemingly less exasperating. We eventually made it back to the small plateau and subsequently the saddle above the ravine. We stopped for a short break there before resuming our descent. Descending the ravine was another great test of our mental fortitude as we tried to find less bushy routes down to the desert flats while fighting our growing fatigue. Once we cleared the ravine, the scrubby vegetation slowly receded to allow for a more relaxed walk back to our car. We subsequently drove to Las Vegas, Nevada and checked into a comfortable hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Zosia heads across the desert flats aiming for the notch in the distant ridge just right of centre.
Wildflowers abound in the desert at this time of year.
Zosia works her way up a steep ravine.
|From a saddle at the top of the ravine, a rudimentary trail passes through the trees at far left.|
These rock formations are a key landmark near the start of Kingston Peak's north ridge.
|Here is the first glimpse of Kingston Peak's summit nearly two kilometres away.|
|Traversing the north ridge is a route-finding nightmare. Occasional cairns along the way are more comforting than helpful.|
|Zosia approaches the top of the penultimate high point before the summit.|
The final summit block is every bit as complex as the rest of the north ridge.
|Descending into a gap before the final summit block, Zosia carefully down-climbs a difficult rock step.|
|Although Zosia would scramble up here to get up the final summit block, this is not a viable route for the descent.|
|Sonny and Zosia sit on the summit of Kingston Peak (2228 metres).|
|Zosia prepares to return along the north ridge which looks rather innocuous here.|
|Clark Mountain is barely visible through the haze to the southeast.|
|On the return trip along the north
ridge, Sonny tries to avoid the more troublesome sections he
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
|Zosia approaches the final bump along the north ridge and would actually circumvent it to the right.|
|Zosia stands near the top of the ravine and now faces a long and scrubby descent.|
Distance: 13.8 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 11 hours 51 minutes
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1313 metres