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jake2mRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: 07/09/05  Sucess!
Hiked solo from the Halfmoon trailhead. Very Nice hike and great weather till I got back down to the treeline - rained for a bit but cleared back up for the hike back up and over halfmoon pass. 6:45 car to car
Posted Jul 10, 2005 9:57 pm

DylanWannRoute Climbed: North Ridge route Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!


What a sweet climb! I climbed it with my bro, Alex Wann, and Trevor Simmons. We started climbing at midnight and summited just in time for the most beautiful sunrise I've ever seen--it was well worth the climb in the dark. It was an awesome bonus to a total wild-man adventure!
Posted Jul 10, 2005 4:58 pm

Alex WannRoute Climbed: North Ridge Route Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!

Alex Wann

I loved this climb and must say that it now resides on the top of my favorites list! We started at 12:00am and summited at 5am, putting us in front row seats of the prettiest sunrise I have ever seen. This was also my first view of the vast mountains of the wild and rugged Colorado wilderness from a 14,000ft summit. I enjoyed the company of wild men John Sandlian, Trevor Simmons, and brother Dylan. I am hooked and may never go back to a normal life.
Posted Jul 9, 2005 9:20 pm

NathanRoute Climbed: Cross Couloir Date Climbed: July 1, 2005  Sucess!


This is a stunning area, and the cross is a great climb. I wish my camera hadn't broken during that stunning sunset over the Gores the night before the climb...
Posted Jul 6, 2005 12:19 am

jhansen007Route Climbed: Cross Couloir, descent via North Ridge Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!


After a crazy night of little sleep (forgetting my thermarest at home, trying to find the climbers trail to lake Patricia around midnight, getting caught in a nasty thunderstorm, losing a member of our party who had the tent, and sleeping under a big rock) I was planning on foregoing our plans to climb the cross couloir. In the late morning, I climbed up towards the Bowl of Tears in search of our missing friend. When I saw his tracks leading up the Cross Couloir and the morning clouds burned off, I got sucked in. I didn't start up the couloir til about 10:30am and the snow was very soft. There were huge steps kicked in the snow from people ahead of me and the climb seemed pretty easy because of this (still tiring of course). Had I ever started to slide, I'm sure my ice ax would have done little good given the softness of snow (its pretty steep at the top). Summited around noon and descended via the North Ridge and dropped down into the Patricia basin to get my gear from our bivy spot. Turned out to be an awesome day weather wise ... just a few sprinkles around 4pm. Very fun snow climb.
Posted Jun 26, 2005 2:11 pm

eggheadsherpaRoute Climbed: Halo Ridge Date Climbed: July 3, 2004  Sucess!


Spent the night on Notch Mt, summited via Halo Ridge the next day. Halo Ridge is long but the views are incredible. Well worth the effort.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 2:58 pm

Mike NRoute Climbed: North ridge Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Mike N

This is a long day hike. Start early or stay in the camping areas at the bottom. Remember the return trip goes over another saddle near 11000. Watch the afternoon storms. One of the greatest peaks in this part of Colorado.
Posted May 13, 2005 7:17 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 7/2003  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Closed the bar in Minturn with Alpine Master. Made it back to camp at like 2:00am and started hiking at 7:00am. Still drunk and Alpine Master puked the whole way, but this trip proved what we can really do when we decide to "just do it". Summited, no pictures, hiked out, drank straight creek water and made it back. Check out his trip report. He was puking from a hangover all day and even up to 300 feet below the summit. I'm not that proud of how stupid we are, but we reallized how much farther we can push ourselves when we want too.
Posted Apr 15, 2005 12:44 am

James CRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: September 6, 2004  Sucess!

James C

Long climb for one day. We made it to the top the my dad thought that descending Teardrop would be a short cut that ended up adding even more hours. Started 7 am ended 8 pm thanks to the shortcut
Posted Apr 4, 2005 7:29 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 11 2003  Sucess!

alpine master

This was a long brutal hike. Check out my trip report. Quite entertaining.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 11:52 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Halfmoon Trailhead Date Climbed: 07/2004  Sucess!


I climbed this with asphazell after a night of drinking the 5,625ft. elevation gain was brutal !!
Posted Mar 20, 2005 8:10 pm

Colorado SusanRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 1, 2003  Sucess!

Colorado Susan

An absolutely beautiful hike. It was spectacular from the start. I highly recommend making this a two day trip, so you can enjoy the scenery and a good night of camping.
Posted Mar 16, 2005 12:15 am

AsphazellRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!


Beautiful mountain, however disappointing to lose so much elevation on Halfmoon pass. The views up here were incredible. Would like to come back for one of the couloirs.
Posted Mar 1, 2005 3:14 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: from Fall River trailhead via Notch Mountain and Halo Ridge, return via Halfmoon Pass Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!


A long day that started before dawn. I saw the sunrise over the Gores--a jagged fire rising on the eastern horizon--from the east flanks of Notch Mountain. Then I bopped around the Halo ridge, with its astonishing views across the Bowl of Tears, the Cross Couloir so close I could almost touch it. Up and over Pt. 13,831--a centennial peak in its own right--and on to the summit. The trudge up over Halfmoon Pass on my way back to the trailhead was barely noticeable, I was so high on the day. By far the most enjoyable and most beautiful of all the Sawatch 14ers.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 9:35 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 5, 1984  Sucess!


After only getting 3 hours sleep and being hungover (girls can be a distraction, huh?) I met the CMC, I and rode to the trailhead hardly raring to go. One of the cars in the group actually ripped a gash into it's gas tank on the road to the trailhead, delaying our start (and ruining his day!). Our group was to backpack into to a camp near east cross creek, but we took a side diversion en routefrom Half Moon Pass up the north ridge of Notch Mountain. After setting up camp and eating dinner, I was in my sleeping bag by 7:30 p.m. The next morning was clear and we hiked the standard north ridge route to the summit, descended and packed our camp and then took the agonizing climb back over Half Moon Pass. Getting to the pass before a thunderstorm hit, we finished the descent in a steady rain.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 1:25 pm

onandupwardsRoute Climbed: North ridge Date Climbed: Oct 1996  Sucess!


2 day, camped at the lake, cold...

Posted Feb 2, 2005 9:50 pm

ripper333Route Climbed: north ridge Date Climbed: oct 1998  Sucess!
nice workout.
Posted Oct 24, 2004 4:45 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: September 16, 2001  Sucess!


A very long day with alog of elevation gain/loss. Round trip was approximately 8.5 hours, and I really felt it. This was my only mountain so far that I felt a degree of AMS on. The last portion back over the pass was killer.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 8:49 am

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: North Ridge-Halo Ridge Loop Date Climbed: July 31, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

My 9th Fourteener. My friend Arthur came along to conquer his first mountain ever, and he handled the elevation probably better than I did! Beautiful day; never had to worry about the weather.
Posted Sep 21, 2004 9:41 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Halo Ridge route Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!

Larry V

This was the year the Colorado Rockies had so much snow, and we were in deep snow much of the way on this climb. Ice ax saved my life on steep ridge at one point. Aaron and I climbed together this time. Attempted it a week earlier with party of four but were turned back by the conditions. I recommend this route for the spectacular views, not that the other routes aren't beautiful too. We returned by the more standard, north ridge route, which was definitely easier. A long day!
Posted Sep 18, 2004 7:47 pm

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