I first snowshoed up Commonwealth Ridge the previous year with the Hostel Outdoor Group. We dubbed the unnamed ridge, "Commonwealth Ridge." I returned, again ascending the north ridge with the HOGs. After reaching the shoulder above the treeline, we dropped down the west slope to Commonwealth Lake.
We descended the steep slope fast, but at times, uncontrolled. There were no injuries but some people tore their pants. I don't advise this slope for a descent route!
Getting ready to go. Commonwealth Ridge and Commonwealth Peak on the left.
I start up the ridge while the group takes a break.
Clowning around, we make mustaches using lichen from trees.
Stopping for photos above the treeline
Out of control on the steep west slopes: ouch!
Kirsten and Carolyn display ripped pants.
Playing on the lake
82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir