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|1. Shortly after leaving trailhead, this view of Longs Peak and the Glacier Gorge area opens up with Bear Lake visible through the trees.|
|2. Nearing Two Rivers Lake, this is the view of Flattop and Notchtop Mountains.|
|3. This is a telephoto of a huge mass of ice that is just below Notchtop Mountain where a waterfall flows during the summer. You can see it in the panorama below.|
|4. The view from here is incredible and just can't be captured with a couple images. I took a whole series and assembled them into a panorama. Within this panorama you can see Flattop Mountain, Ptarmigan Point, Notchtop Mountain, Knobtop Mountain, Little Matterhorn, Gabletop Mountain, Odessa Lake and The Gable.|
I sat here for over an hour soaking it all in. And occasionally, I could hear noises in the distance. Just an occasional knock at first made me wonder if there was someone somewhere in the expanse before me. Then I thought I heard voices so I scanned the whole area for tracks in the snow. If there was someone down there somewhere, surely they left tracks that I could see. But I could see none. Super Size It! (226kB).
|5. Then finally I spotted what looked like a line of tracks in the snow. Using the long lens on my camera, I followed it to that huge ice flow. There was a climber on that ice flow! His buddy was on belay below him.|
|6. On the way back down, I looked back and took this shot of tracks in the snow and Notchtop.|
|7. That's me on the trail with Notchtop Mountain behind.|