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Object Title: Easter on the snow

 

Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: Apr 22, 2014 / Apr 29, 2014

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Engineer and our plans

The mountain is smoking
The mountain is smoking

Sunset over Engineer Mountain
Sunset over Engineer Mountain


Sometimes we plan one adventure and another one, even better happens. Our original plan was to go rock climbing over the weekend, but since the weather forecasted rain, we chose to test our survival skills in the mountains. 
We both have summited Engineer in the past, Scott even via a south face winter climb - very steep route, and definitively very unusual way to summit this semi-technical peak. 
The peak is challenging enough for many in the summer, and winter poses its own challenges. Deep snow approach (we used our skis), solitude and always the caution with some fresh snow and stability of the slabs above us. 
The fact that he told me about a spring accident on the ridge (same route as ours) did not add much to my bravery. Three climbers were attempting NE ridge climb, and under 2  of the climbers the ridge cornice collapsed killing one and sending the other one for many months of hospitalization and rehabilitation. Great! I prayed secretly for our safety.
The climb itself felt really comfortable.  

I kept thinking about the first known ascender H.G. Prout who was a topographic assistant with a U.S. Army Corps. He climbed this ridge in July of 1873 and described the climb as “the feelings of a solitary man toiling on hands and knees up this edge are not cheerful”. But we were cheerful. 

The summit was spectacular. Nice snowy ridge with incredible views in all directions. Peaks coming in and out views as clouds were moving by. What a way to celebrate Easter, how different from Easters of my childhood.

Engineer Mountain
Engineer Mountain as seen from my drive in - Hwy 550 A.K.A. Million Dollar Hwy

Skinning up
Skinning up from the Coal Bank Pass - the  route finding was interesting since there are menu ridges and small cliffs.  The summer trail was not obvious. 

Finally the view of our destination
Finally the view of our destination - the mountain  and its NE ridge looked impressive!

Engineer Mountain
Engineer Mountain - admiring the view

Heavens
Heavens - at least it felt like ascending into that territory

Nice campsite
Nice campsite on the small round hill - south of the mountain

Engineer Mountain
Engineer Mountain and our skis...

Nice campsite
Nice campsite with a view of Engineer

Approach to NE ridge
Approach to NE ridge

Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak B - There are several Grizzly Peaks in Colorado

V 9 sunset
V 9 sunset

Skiing to the NE ridge
Skiing to the NE ridge

Towards the summit
Towards the summit

Some loose rock
Some loose rock
 
NE ridge
NE ridge and some cornices...



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hightineraryMinus 100?

hightinerary

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Maybe the first ascent was in 1873?
Posted Apr 22, 2014 9:37 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: Minus 100?

Liba Kopeckova

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haha, yes. thank you.
Posted Apr 22, 2014 9:39 am

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