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seanoTraverse from Fletcher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2016


Some tricky route-finding getting around the gendarmes near the summit. Glissaded the north face for a quick return to the trailhead. A cold night made for perfect, snowshoe-free snow conditions. Trip report.
Posted May 9, 2016 3:27 pm

BradBartickVilla Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2015


Drifted on up this cool peak on V Ridge. Awesome position on the mountain and fun route overall. Love the white granite on the last 200 feet. Saw burly male goat that looked like he had just completed P90X. Climbed with Michelle. Light snow dusting on north slopes, winter she is a comin, lads. There is a metal pole on top. Bring a CO flag and hoist it up. It's good to be in Colorado.
Posted Oct 10, 2015 9:19 pm

KieferFrom Boston Mine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014


Everything in Leadville was full (hotels) because of the bike race. So I camped at the Boston Mine. Great night under the stars sans tent!!
Hiked up Mayflower, Gold (kinda by accident) and Drift. Really enjoyed Drift Peak.
Spent 45 minutes on the summit warming in the sun. Had the mountain completely by myself...and on a Saturday!?
Posted Aug 9, 2014 9:22 pm

Brian Kalet2 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

Brian Kalet

With Bellyache Ridge East.
Posted Jun 8, 2014 6:06 pm

rmjwintersVia Blue Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


From the Blue Lakes TH climbed Fletcher and traversed the ridge. Tried to stay on the ridge. Didn't feel like a Class V downclimb for 20 ft. Descended 200 feet and climbed one of the loose gullies.
Posted Aug 9, 2013 4:26 pm

rockymountaindivaFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2010


Fun scramble, pretty solid rock. Might try to ski it some time.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 5:08 pm

GerrySNortheast ridge from Fletcher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2013


Passed on the snow filled NE notch (probably the easiest way) and climbed the ridge to the right (NW) of the notch. On the descent, got too far west onto some terrain where every single rock up to refrigerator size was loose (not fun). Re-climbed and got back on the correct ridge down.
Posted Jul 4, 2013 1:36 am

strudolyubovVilla Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2012


Climbed Villa Ridge from Mayflower Gulch. Fun winter route, nice weather, gorgeous views!
Posted Mar 12, 2012 11:22 pm

thatnissanguyBRING YOUR SKIS  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2011


Done via Villa Ridge from Mayflower Gulch. Skiers were flying by us on the hike out. Would have been nice!
Posted Nov 27, 2011 11:41 pm

SenadRAfter Thanksgiving!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2011


Great hike, Better than most 14?ers!
Posted Nov 27, 2011 10:58 pm

Matt LemkeVilla Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

Matt Lemke

Classic route up Drift peak...We did it starting at 3am and watched the sunrise from the summit. Quandry Peak fit nicely into the sunrise.
Posted Dec 20, 2010 2:18 am

MikeyBTraverse From Fletcher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2010


Stuck to the ridge until the technical pitch, then dropped off to the east side and back up via one of the east cols. Great day with Fletcher and Drift to myself.
Posted Oct 1, 2010 11:52 pm

dclimb14meGreat Fun


Fun solo from Boston Mine up to Villa Ridge and the summit. Wonderful views and beautiful day, in spite of the winds. I think it's always windy on that west ridge...
Posted Sep 7, 2010 1:10 am

Foxy Long BottomsVilla Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2010

Foxy Long Bottoms

Fun route. It's pretty cool how the snow forms along the ridge into a nice, fine point.
Posted Apr 12, 2010 9:55 am

ZekeVilla Ridge


Great winter route!
Posted Feb 3, 2010 5:41 pm

Eric HolleVilla Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2009

Eric Holle

2nd time up the peak, this time there was good visibility. Climbed with Ben, and we skied from off of Villa Ridge before the last nob to the flat section of the ridge. Good test of AT equipment.
Posted Mar 10, 2009 4:48 pm

Woodie HopperEast couloir from Fletcher- where's my machete?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2008

Woodie Hopper

Not much fun if you have a hard time finding the East couloir from Fletcher. I ended up climbing the towers in between. If you do Fletcher and Drift together you might have a hard time finding a good route down- I had to bushwhack through a lot of willows all the way to the dam.
Posted Sep 16, 2008 6:46 pm

Pete CastriconeDrift-Fletcher Combo  Sucess!

Pete Castricone

An epic day!
Posted Jul 22, 2008 2:11 pm

MountainHikerCOSaddle Survey  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


A group of us used professional grade survey equipment to measure the drop to the saddle with Fletcher from the summit of "Drift" Peak. Drift Peak has a soft ranking on the high thirteener lists. In Roach's 13ner book it is listed as 13,900' and is placed between #71 Emerald & #72 Horseshoe Mtn. Its next highest neighbor is 13,951' Fletcher. Counting the contours gives an interpolated saddle drop of 280'.

I have a copy made from an old 15' topo that showed this peak as unnamed 13,922'. There is no spot height on the 7.5' topo. The word TENMILE is on top of it. We felt there was enough reason to wonder just how much the saddle drop is. If it turned out to be more than 300' that would add a new high 100 peak, and bump Dallas to 101. We had no ill intent towards Dallas Peak, we just wanted to know. We've been wondering about this one for years.

Our friend Warren back at Boston Mine sighted the prism we took to the summit. John & I then took the prism down to the saddle. A few windy minutes later Warren radioed back with the result.

The saddle drop was measured at 275'. We don't have elevations for either the summit or saddle because the survey instrument was not set at a known elevation. It was able to calculate the difference in elevation between the two points that were sighted.

It should be pointed put that while we were within an inch of the actual summit, at the saddle there was still quite a bit of snow. The actual saddle drop is possibly a few feet less than what we measured.
Posted Jun 29, 2008 4:44 pm

big_gVilla Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2008


Third time was the charm. Excellent snow and weather conditions.
Posted Apr 27, 2008 11:00 pm

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