Headed into Mad River Notch on a gorgeous early winter afternoon for a visit to longtime favorite Greeley Ponds and a then a scrappy and familiar bushwhack to an open slab on the 1897 East Osceola slide above Lower Greeley Pond.
The extended thaw followed by a hard refreeze made for some lousy conditions on parts of the trails, with many frozen boot prints.
The rugged mass of East Osceola seen from the east shore of Upper Greeley Pond. I went along the edge, not wanting to chance going out on the middle of a 28-foot deep pond after a thaw.
Zoom on K2 Cliff.
Looking south down Lower Greeley Pond. This shallow pond doesn't freeze as solidly as Upper Greeley.
Mad River Notch in profile from the south end of Lower Greeley Pond.