It was great to finally make this one happen considering last years change of plans due to an unexpected storm.
This year the weather was fantastic and Chumley and I both ascended the mountain in shorts and t-shirts under endless sunshine which was a stark contrast from this same weekend last year.
I was feeling every ounce of my 55 lbs pack during the hearty ascent up Rees but with some sweat and grit the summit was made.
After a quick break we headed down to the saddle and then up the very steep ridge to Abineau which looks much worse than it actually was.
The feeling of satisfaction being atop the long sought after high-point was most definitely worth the effort and I truly agree of it boasting one of the best viewpoints along the crown.
I could easily see all three of my doney park childhood homes from up there, The Grand Canyon, Kendrick Peak and so many other landmarks in between, visibility was great on Saturday.
Sunset ended up being much better than expected and was surprisingly calm which was short lived because the rest of the night all the way through the morning was a complete windy mess.
Shortly after the sunset we were spoiled with a very unique moonrise that illuminated the night sky and made for some interesting photo opportunities.
I was plenty warm throughout the night but the wind never let up and at times and the sheer roar and noise of the wind was keeping me up.
It was tough getting out of the warm bivy for sunrise but there is truly something speical about witnessing the rising sun from high up in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness which was more than enough motivation to get up.
The descent down was a nice route making travel fairly quick and easy, I was in autopilot for the rest of the hike and just enjoyed the trail travel as we wrapped up the trip.
Nice to run into my old high school teachers on the trail and also meeting Outdoor Lover for the first time.
Colors could have been a little better but all in all it was a very satisfying and enjoyable overnighter.
Autumn Foliage ObservationSubstantial Still great color but a recent cold front and high winds took made for a lot of grey.