July 31, 2004
attempted The Fist the previous year but a sudden 45-minute rainstorm left
completely soaked and the rocks slippery so we had to abort. This time we had good
weather and topped the summit without incident.
Fist is an enjoyable
scramble. The exposure is easy to take as it's not in your face.
Downclimbing the gully was the most challenging part.
MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
The Fist seen from Spray Lakes Road
Pleasant hiking along Commonwealth Creek before leaving the trail.
Starting up the drainage. The Fist is on the right.
Looking down the drainage
Stopping to admire the wildflowers
From the col, the gully appears almost directly above me
Getting closer to the gully. The tunnel on the left is easily reached.
Looking back at Mount Smuts
Behind is Commonwealth Peak
Entering the gully
Climbing up the gully
Topping out of the gully
Dinah reaches the skyline notch
Scrambling below the summit
On the summit
Coming down from the summit, we were very careful here because of the exposure: a slip here
would likely be fatal. Tryst Lake below. (Click for a larger)
Heading back down to notch (left of Dinah)
It's a tight squeeze in spots in the gully
Dinah appears unconcerned despite the drop below her in the gully
My turn to come down
On the way back we check out the tunnel. Mouse over to view the back door.
The last downclimb before the col is easier than it looks
Back on the col
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