|Leah on the upper ramparts of Castle Crag.|
|Aspen are rare in the Bitterroot, so it was especially exciting |
to catch a few trees displaying their full fall colors.
|Our ascent route to the Sheafman points. |
Someone needs to go ski this thing and invite me along.
|Leah boulder hopping between the Sheafman points.|
Back in familiar terrain, we made the easy choice to continue to the summit of Castle crag via the normal southeast ridge route. It was a big push, but we did it, and were soon oggling at what is one of my favorite views in the range. The descent to Knaack lakes and subsequent jog out were quick and enjoyable. Aside from being a bit scrappy between West Sheafman an Castle crag, this little link up was everything I had hoped for, and it was wonderful to spend a perfect fall weekend out in the mountains with Leah. At a casual pace, we did the circuit in under 10 hours hours car to car.
|Looking to Castle Crag from West Sheafman.|
|Leah powerhiking up granite slabs below Castle Crag.|
|Psyched for another Castle crag summit|
|The route. The first few miles of the Sheafman trail are not shown.|