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LonePeakFreak3 for 3 in the San Juans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008


Climbed Uncompahgre, Handies, and Wetterhorn on consecutive days from our Silver Spur Motel "base camp" in Lake City. The San Juans are amazing! Recommend high clearance 4wd for road to American Basin.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 12:56 am

pittbrownieHardrock!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008


Took the rough way - Hardrock 100!
Posted Jul 15, 2008 6:20 pm

thebeave7The Long Way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008


Climbed this peak as part of my Hardrock 100 pacing duties. Started at the base of Grouse Gulch, climbed up and over into American Basin, up the South ridge, then down into Grizzly Gulch. A decent amount of snow still clinging to American Basin, the Grizzly Gulch side was mostly snow free, beautiful sunrise.
Posted Jul 14, 2008 10:02 am

MountainHikerCOGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


Third time climbing Handies. This time from Grizzly Gulch. We were able to glissade down the upper part of the mountain.
Posted Jul 8, 2008 6:59 pm

davebobk47American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008


American Basin was beautiful. Camped the night there and was on trail just before 5am. Made the summit about 7am and was down just past 8am. Wonderful hike.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 11:15 am

NatashaGrizzly Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008


Gorgeous valley! Nice leisurely day. Glad we got an early start as clouds and distant thunder started at 11a.
Posted Jul 6, 2008 5:00 pm

peakrat76American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 1980


My wife, Mrs. Rat, and I climbed this great route back in 1980. Hard to imagine a more beautiful high route in Colorado. There was much less traffic in this country a couple of decades ago!
Posted Apr 26, 2008 10:14 pm

astrobassmanBest view of any Colorado 14er...  Sucess!


Loved it. Not enough time up there...up in down in 2.5 hours due to storms.
Posted Mar 21, 2008 4:13 pm

MountainHikerCOAmerican Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 1993


This was my first climb of Handies. It was from American Basin. Second American Basin climb was on Jun 20, 1997, when we cooked T-bone steaks on the grill at our campsite.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 12:22 am

WyoNativeRelatively Easy Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2000


My first (and only) 14000 foot peak; saw many marmots; hiked from American Basin
Posted Jan 30, 2008 11:12 pm

tomlaurenEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Hiked the East Slopes from the Silver Creek - Grizzly Gulch Trailhead with my friend Keith. This was one of the most beautiful 14er hikes I've ever been on.
Posted Jan 30, 2008 10:38 pm

jmc11 year old's first 14er


This was my 11 year old daughter's first fourteener. It took a little bit to adjust to the altitude but she was a trooper and summited on a beautiful clear afternoon.
Posted Dec 21, 2007 9:49 am

gremlinnormal route  Sucess!


fun hike for me back when i was little
Posted Oct 24, 2007 4:20 pm

argothorAmerican Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2003


Hiked up from the American Basin. Also hiking that day was a party of about 20, one of whom was finishing up the 54 Colorado 14ers. Champaign was flowing at 14,000 feet!
Posted Oct 5, 2007 6:50 pm

myroneFrom American Basin TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2007


Later afternoon hike; started up at 1:40PM and reached a gorgeous empty summit at 2:55. Spectacular views from this impressive peak. Headed back down at 3:20 and back to the TH at 4:56 on a glorious day. My 32nd 14'er..........sweet!!
Posted Sep 23, 2007 1:57 pm

Ken DammenVia American Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

Ken Dammen

Went up via semi steep area on North side using ice axe and crampons. Fun glissade down. Great Day.
Posted Sep 14, 2007 7:36 pm

noahs213Beautiful Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007


Good climb. very scenic. Did it from Grizzly Gulch. Still think it would be wayyy better in the winter.
Posted Sep 13, 2007 6:28 pm

dr_gonzpretty  Sucess!


long slog through very pretty area... I just LOVE the San Juans.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 1:33 pm

Bill JirousekGrizzly Gulch TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2007

Bill Jirousek

Roach was right when he said this peak beckons you on for most of the approach. One of the best summit views I've seen. Mountains in every direction.
Posted Aug 28, 2007 3:25 pm

mountainloverCOAmerican Basin- evening hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2007


We climbed Uncompahgre in the morning, spent some time driving over the passes in the Lake City area, and then climbed Handies in the late afternoon once all the storms had cleared out. We had the entire mountain to ourselves throughout the hike. The scenery was stunning, and the weather was perfect...American Basin is one of those places that must be seen to be believed.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 4:06 pm

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