By: Alice Lewis
Sixteen climbers, guided by Bud & Bep Bingham, made on Saturday. We passed thru a small, burned-out canyon and contoured over into another small canyon, later following a snow-covered slope to the main ridge. The six to eight inches of snow, well crusted, elicited not a few comments, as, "Where are my ice axe and gaitors?" From this main ridge we continued over a spur ridge to Kingston Pea. A little rock scrambling brought us to the summit in time for lunch. After returning to the cars we had sufficient daylight to set up camp. Bruised and sore feet reduced our Sunday number to seven. All who par- and has beaucoup de greenery. Conifers, sagebrush and other chaparral, a dry waterfall or two, a short section of stream, a foot of snow in the approach canyons upper reaches, the rocky canyon walls, and outcroppings on the ridge all add up to make the Kingston Range one of the prettiest desert ranges to which I've been.
From the top of Kingston North, Mt Charleston to the east lay under a shadow of a local storm while overhead we admired a clear sky. We reached the cars about 2:30 PM and left it to the Binghams to try the springs at Shoshone. Note should be made that all starting climbers made each of the peaks which fact is always satisfying to the leaders and peak registers.
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