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shknbkeSouth ridge via Navajo snowfield  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008


The scenery on this hike is simply amazing. Had a nice day on snow and rock by going up the Navajo snowfield, my first snowclimb in Aug! Traverse to Apache is easy. Took west chimney up Navajo and then went over to Niwot Ridge.
Posted Aug 27, 2008 9:50 am

astrobassmanGreat Day on the Apache Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


A nice tour of Apache ascending the Apache Couloir and descending Queens way. This is one of the best basins in the front range.
Posted Jun 30, 2008 4:17 pm

heather14Apache Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


Great day. An easy approach for a change capped of with a nice snow climb. Descended Queensway.
Posted Jun 29, 2008 12:59 pm

SarahThompson3x, East Ledges, Apache Couloir, Queens Way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2005


8/28/05 - Wasn't a huge fan of the East Ledges route. There was actally a lot of scree on the face and the scrambling was limited and not that great. Will return to try a snowclimb.

6/21/10 - I found the Apache Couloir to be a bit dissapointing as well. Maybe I'm just expecting too much from Apache. We livened up the day by traversing over to Navajo.

6/21/17 - Climbed Queens Way and then traversed to Navajo.
Posted Mar 31, 2008 12:27 am

peakrat76Apache Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1981


My wife and I did an open air bivy near the base of the climb. Lots of bats zoomed close over head at sunset. Got up early and did the nice snow route with a fast glissade coming down. Wonderful Indian Peaks summit.
Posted Jan 3, 2008 1:43 pm

shanahan96snowy east ledges  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2007


climbed the moderately snowy east ledges with jamie nellis. the forecast for snow never materialized, and we had a gorgeous autumn day! quite the interesting outing

Posted Oct 7, 2007 4:34 pm

georgbetsyFair Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007


This was one of the most exhausting and longest trips I have ever done. However, it was also the most well-rounded trip (hike, scramble, steep snow/ice, low 5th class rock, beautiful scenery) that I have done so far. In summary, a great trip, beautiful day, some threatening weather, icy glacier/couloir.
Posted Aug 13, 2007 10:47 am

Joe_ParvisScared on North Ridge (Kasparov)
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


Attempted North Ridge with group from CHAOS, but could not complete the route due to rain/hail. I was significantly nervous with the exposure on some sections of the route, and although I was able to continue, I had anxiety at regular critical points. We reached the gap between King's Pawn and King; hail and rain (wet rocks) had us descend before gully. I need more 'exposure to exposure' to become more comfortable, and hope to return. If you are comfortable with exposure and 3rd/4th class, you should enjoy the route. Beware loose rock - it is very easy to knock off, piled on ledge systems.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:49 pm

WestEndAllStarQueen's way round trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Very fun moderate snow route. The glissade down was a little tedious due to all of the old rockfall in the couloiur, but overall it was a blast. Definitely bring your skis if you are a competent backcountry skier.
Posted Jul 6, 2007 6:28 pm

boisedoceast ledge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 1999


Some fun routefinding through the ledges. Maybe a bit of class 3. Great views from the top.
Posted Jul 19, 2006 5:03 am

wlloydQueen's Way  Sucess!


Late June 2002: a low snow year. Was hitting buried rocks in Queen's way couloir while climbing up with the ice axe. Snow pack very thin! Very abnormal. Typically snow lasts year round in the couloir and you don't hit rocks.

Would like to climb from Fair Glacier / Triangle lake sometime

late June 2003: climbed Apache couloir, much better snow year, descended Queen's way

September 2004: climbed and skied queen's way couloir, fresh snow in the couloir

May 21 2006: climbed and skied Queen's way couloir. Continuous run from top of the cont. divide ridge (13400+') to trailhead (10500')

Classic climb & Incredible scenery
How many Colorado peaks have 3 permanent snow fields?
Isabelle Glacier, Fair Glacier, and the nearby Navajo snowfield.
Posted Jun 1, 2006 6:54 am

Mountain JimApache Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 1967

Mountain Jim

Total ascents = 2. Second time, climbed Apache Couloir then traversed across the ridge and climbed Navajo.
Posted Apr 29, 2006 12:33 am

iwlclmeverestRoute Climbed: Apache Coulier Date Climbed: 10/9/05  Sucess!


Weather forecast was for snow, and it did. All day long. Got around eight inches while on the route then some more on the way down. Great climb, very exciting at times.
Posted Oct 9, 2005 8:28 pm

CharlesDRoute Climbed: Apache Couloir, descent of Queen's Way Couloir Date Climbed: July 21, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful scenery on our pre-dawn approach. Soft conditions on the way up and very soft on the way down. Fantastic scenery and a fine summit. Great way to beat the heat down in the lowlands (where the temperature was 100+ degrees!).
Posted Jul 22, 2005 3:53 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Apache Couloir w/ descent of Queen's Way Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!


Awesome day, awesome climb!
Posted Jul 10, 2005 11:12 pm

jonpierreRoute Climbed: apache couloir Date Climbed: 7/02/05  Sucess!


my partners and i (fritzsperry + mike) climbed apache couloir 7/2/05. we hiked into the basin and started the steep ascent up the couloir of apache mtn. we reached the summit around 10am. the ski/snowboard descent of apache couloir was awesome, the snow was super slush about 4-5" down to a nice firm consolidated base. get an early start. there is still plenty of snow back there. contact me if you want pics of the snow pack
Posted Jul 4, 2005 2:31 pm

virginiapineRoute Climbed: Isabelle Gl. to N. Ridge Date Climbed: begin. July, 2002  Sucess!


A fun route with the additional interest of climbing a rare Colorado glacier, and then great scrambling along the North Ridge over a sub-peak to reach the summit. Descent via Apache Couloir.
Posted Jun 14, 2005 10:59 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Queens Way Coulior Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!


I climbed this route with my dog Sopris. Prior to our entering the coulior we witnessed the most spectacular and scary rockfall incident of I could imagine... a boulder the size of a short school bus crashed onto and slid down the Isabelle Glacier right before our eyes. I was completely awed by the violence of this event. And I felt uneasy the whole day... This may have been the most difficult summit my dog has tackled. (tis a tie between Apache and Mount Richthofen...) The looseness of the upper slope suprised me.

Jon Bradford
Posted Oct 24, 2003 12:44 am

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Queen's Way and Apache Coulior Date Climbed: 7/14/00 + other dates  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

A great peak for getting dailed on snowclimbing and ski descents. June and even early July still occasionally hold some good snow in the couliors.
Posted Oct 1, 2003 2:58 pm

PeterD.Route Climbed: Queen's Way. Date Climbed: 1 August 2003  Sucess!
I finally made it to the summit after several previous attempts. This is a serious peak, unlike many of the trail hikes in this popular area. The Queens Way is moderate but not intimidating, and can be done with an ice axe and crampons. I only used these strap on 4 prong crampons which fit on any footware- they were marginally adequate at best. At the top of the couloir hike up the relatively easy talus to the summit. I had to leave from the top after only a few minutes because of an approaching storm. I almost got steered into the wrong descent route, so make a mental note of the top of the Queens Way if this is your descent route. Ended up glissading most of the way down the Way because of loosing my footing too often.
Posted Aug 2, 2003 12:18 am

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