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ShredDebRoach's route and Red Mt.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010

ShredDeb

Fun hike with blue sky on the way up, but experienced poor visibility and hail/rain on the way down. I traversed over from Red Mt. to skip the climb back up Culebra, but not sure if that saved me any time.
Posted Jul 27, 2010 4:29 pm

Sarah SimonStandard Ranch Route with Red  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010

Sarah Simon

The weather was simply horrendous, with the clouds rolling in at 10:00 AM. Made it to Culebra & Red, though. Enjoyed the critters everywhere, but did not find the "untracked wilderness" promised by Fourteeners Initiative. Still an interesting experience.
Posted Jul 25, 2010 2:22 pm

Eric HollePristine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Eric Holle

With Tim and Jim, what a strange start to climbing a 14er, but absolutely worthe the process and price. Paid the extra for Red Mtn as well!
Posted Jun 30, 2010 1:18 pm

Timothy PearlInteresting  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Timothy Pearl

This is a really strange ritual to go through to climb a 14er. Glad to have the opportunity though. With Jim and Eric, very pristine area.
Posted Jun 28, 2010 11:10 pm

theREALCarpeDMFour-way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

theREALCarpeDM

with Red Mtn. Climbed with Howie, Kim, Peter, Shawn & Kathy.
Posted Apr 8, 2010 6:59 pm

metal4lyfAwesome winter hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2010

metal4lyf

and awesomely long. Worth every penny of the $200 winter price tag
Posted Mar 8, 2010 2:51 am

Bob BoltonTop 100 Lower-48 Prominence  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2008

Bob Bolton

Climbed this one with Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and others. It's on my current highest-priority list -- the 100 most prominent peaks in the lower 48.
Posted Nov 17, 2009 9:47 pm

DigglerGood thing each 14er doesn't cost $100...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

Diggler

otherwise I wouldn't be doing these...

Did this one with my pops. Long drive from Parker to San Luis, though uneventful. Stayed at the San Luis Inn the night before. Difficult to crawl out of bed in time to get to the gate by 6.00.

Carlos met us @ gate @ 5.51, & herded us all to the ranch 'headquarters,' where we all drained our bank accounts- this was easily the most difficult part of the climb.

Following this demoralizing experience, drove to 'Four-way.' Leaving here @ 6.58, I descended some 520' (to 10,700', according to my altimeter; was 7.24 when I turned around) to ensure I'd have the necessary 3k' elevation gain. Dad waited slightly above while I did this. Was back at Four-way at 6.58.

From here we hiked to the standard 4WD parking lot. We hiked around the curve skirting the adjacent hill here, before turning to go up the slopes leading to the ridgeline. Popped up onto ridge slightly prior to the enormous cairne. Ridge straightforward from here to summit, entailing primarily enjoyable class 2 scrambling. Ascent displayed ample evidence of perhaps the largest rodent infestation of any peak I've ever been on.

Encountered others descending, who with the exception of 1 guy all parked at the highest parking lot, had started much earlier than we did.

Summited at 11.37. Popped & enjoyed some Avery 14er ESBs, took in the great SoCo views, & tried to savor this most expensive of summits. Views of the Sierra Blanca in particular were great.

Left summit at 12.23. Descent somewhat time-consuming but fairly mellow overall. Had the mountain to ourselves at this point. Back at Fourway at 15.52.

Great day in the Rockies with my favorite Dad!
Posted Aug 24, 2009 8:38 pm

argothorCulebra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

argothor

Was joined by my friend Rich. We camped at the ranch gate where we are met by Carlos at 6 in the morning. After getting checked in with the 20 or so other people we drove up the good, but steep, dirt road to the upper parking area. Rich and I headed up to the ridge on the left and then circled past the huge cairn before hitting the final ridge ascent. While not a big fan of paying to hike, I'd say the $100 was well spent for the weather was great, the scenery glorious, and Carlos was very friendly and helpful to a late arriver.
Posted Jul 19, 2009 1:57 pm

hhsilleckRoute: Taylor Ranch
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

hhsilleck

Climbed with a group from 14ers.com, Red Mountain also. Beautiful area!
Posted Jul 6, 2009 1:47 pm

SarahThompsonSummer & Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006

SarahThompson

6/25/06 - Dreary day. Hiked with large 14ers.com group. The weather looked threatening all morning and I finished the hike just before it let loose. Crappy weather sucks worse than normal when money is on the line.

3/6/10 - I appreciated the opportunity for a winter ascent of this peak despite the $200 price tag. There was a lot of snow down low so we had to start from the ranch gate making it about 18 miles and 5750 feet RT. 2/3 of the group (not I) used mechanical assistance to some degree (Carlos was offering sled rides and five others brought their own rides to Fourway). It would have been 20 miles, 6900 feet RT if someone were to sneak over to Red Mountain too, but who would do such a thing?
Posted Jan 7, 2009 11:07 am

metal4lyfRe: Summer & Winter

metal4lyf

Indeed!
Posted Mar 8, 2010 2:50 am

davebobk47From 4-Way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

davebobk47

Group climb of Culebra. Nice weather, a bit chilly but nice. Shared the summit with a marmot.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 3:24 pm

MountainHikerCO14ers.com climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

MountainHikerCO

This was a 14ers.com climb of Culebra. We paid the extra $50 and climbed Red as well. We were hurried on the way back from Red by a thunder storm. This was my third climb of Culebra and my second climb of Red.
Posted Aug 24, 2008 11:55 am

rleclairFranklin Peak...errrr Culebra Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

rleclair

Hiked the "standard" route up Culebra on a ever changing weather day with great friends Alan and Patrick. Although I'm still partially bugged about paying $100 to hike to the summit (I know, I know it's private property), I have to say it is probably the prettiest 14er I've hiked in a long time. Abundant marmots with young, an elk herd below treeline and a sweet 4WD road to the upper lot with little impact from humanity in the sense of not a well worn trail but one heck of a cairn midway up. Worth it...
Posted Aug 17, 2008 1:20 am

shanahan96nellis' finisher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

shanahan96

hiked culebra with my baby, jamie nellis, to celebrate her finishing the fourteeners! clouds moved in early and the took views with them. we had fun nonetheless. a lost side trip to red mountain was the lone causality of the cool, spooky ridge walk in the clouds.

congrats baby, i love you!

jamie
Posted Aug 11, 2008 8:49 pm

shanrickvMt. $100!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

shanrickv

Spent the day in and out of the clouds going up the ridge route and down the Roach route with climbing partners Alan and Robert.
Posted Aug 10, 2008 6:58 pm

cftbqRoach's route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

cftbq

Finally sucked it up and shelled out...pleasantly surprised with the mountain. Fun. Also climbed Red. Fourteener #36.
Posted Jul 23, 2008 11:55 pm

GahugafugaNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

Gahugafuga

After an exhausting climb the previous week in the Blanca group, it was nice to take a leisurely stroll up this expensive heap of rocks. Traversed to Red afterward.
Posted Jul 20, 2008 10:52 pm

myroneCulebra Peak via Cielo Vista Ranch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

myrone

Climbed with my friend Kevin and the other 24 persons in the 14er.com group. An unusual bushwhack/scramble climb of follow the leaders with a nice mix of guys and girls. Started up after 7:00AM and back to the parking lot at 11:50. My 35th 14'er on this beautiful morning in southern Colorado..........sweet!
Posted Jun 30, 2008 12:37 pm

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