Fed up with the prospects of trying to obtain a permit to camp in the Enchantments area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, we decided to climb the West Ridge of Prusik Peak in a day (or P in a D). In this instance, "we" refers to Kris, Evan, Ava, and me. Prusik is typically climbed in two days as the approach is about 10 miles and gains close to 5,000 ft in elevation.
After spending Friday night at the Stuart Lake trailhead, we left at 4am. We made it to Colchuck Lake in two hours. Two hours after that, we arrived at the top of Aasgard Pass. Aasgard gets a bad rap because the trail gains 2,200 feet of elevation in 0.8 miles, but it really didn't seem that bad. The trail is easy to follow and in good condition considering the terrain it ascends.
|Seems I've been seeing a lot of these guys lately|
|Evan, Kris, and Ava about 9.5 miles into the approach. Prusik Peak in the distance.|
|Starting out on the final pitch|
|High-spirited summit shot|
|Prusik Peak from the southwest (the West Ridge route follows the left skyline, often just off the crest on the opposite side)|
Although a long day, it was so enjoyable and beautiful it seemed to fly by. There's really not much that can compare with an outing like this with great weather and even better company.