North Cascades 1968 with the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh
4. Views from the Summit of Bonanza Peak

Looking down at Company Glacier from the summit of Bonanza Peak September 1968
This is the breathtaking view northeast and down onto Company Glacier from the summit of Bonanza Peak.  There's about 5500 feet elevation difference from the summit down to the valley floor at top right.

The summit of Bonanza Peak is about the right size for two people to mill around on the rockpile.  One can literally look down in all directions without moving more than a couple of feet in each direction.  We were the first party to climb the mountain that year (September 1968).
Looking across the southeast ridge of Bonanza Peak from the summit September 1968
Looking across the southeast ridge of Bonanza Peak from the summit towards Dumbell Peak. 

Note the alpine flowers on the rocks in the foreground.

I remember lots of great views, but I neglected to shoot them !  After we started down in rapidly failing sunlight ...

The image below shows
the route of our climb the morning after.  We came down essentially along the skyline, only (literally) dropping off the rock when it looked as though the transition would become more difficult, the farther down we got.  This necessitated a rappel off a 50-foot cliff into the moat between the rock and the Mary Green Glacier.  Mike went first; I belayed.  After he rapelled down, Mike called up to me and said that he had touched an eight-foot-diameter rock in the moat ... and it fell over.  Fortunately, not on Mike.  When I came down, leaving behind a carabiner, as I did not have any slings, and I did not trust to be able to pull the rope through the hole in the piton, I discovered that we were faced with a twenty-foot vertical snow cliff. 
Bonanza Peak across Holden Lake September 1968
In order to ascend the snow cliff, I used a technique about which I had read, but which I hadn't tried.  First, I pushed my ice axe horizontally into the not-so-tightly packed snow.  Then I chinned myself on it, kicked in the points of my crampons, shoved my left arm up to the shoulder into the snow, and reached up to push the ice axe into the snow again with my right hand.  I then repeated this process relatively few times and rapidly gained the snowfield above.  Mike passed our packs up to me and I belayed him up in essentially the same fashion.  It turned out not to be any crisis at all, and was downright enjoyable.
Twilight view of Bonanza Peak across Holden Lake September 1968
This is the same view at twilight the day before.  Note that the 500-foot water fall just left of center is flowing freely. 

Compare with the same place the second morning, after our climb, above.  The sun has not yet started up the melting process again to feed that stream.