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pconteRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: September 11, 2005  Sucess!

pconte

Beautiful clear day. Calm at the summit. -- Paul Conte (Eugene, OR)
Posted Sep 19, 2005 11:51 pm

dpRoute Climbed: NW ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 18,2005  Sucess!

dp

A beautiful day, with clear sunny skies (and I left my camera in the car!!). Summitted with Spencer the dog, who had quite a bit of trouble with the talus on the descent- I had to help and coax him the whole way down until the rocks turned back to dirt trail, even though it was his 8th 14'er (my 17th, not counting repeats and alternate routes). Class 1's for him in the future, I think.
Posted Sep 18, 2005 10:48 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2, 2002  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2002

km_donovan

Started up late on the previous day and was turned back by snow/rain. Summited easily the next day.
Posted Sep 16, 2005 11:14 am

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: standard, mostly Date Climbed: winter/spring 2001  Sucess!

Andinistaloco

Good, but cold climb. Grey and chilly day; heard an avalanche which sounded like it came off Ellingwood ridge while on the way down.....
Posted Sep 14, 2005 1:35 am

Mike McRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: October 5, 2004  Sucess!

Mike Mc

There was about 12-18 in. of snow at summit, and quite muddy in the valley below.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 10:20 pm

Woodie HopperRoute Climbed: southwest ridge Date Climbed: Aug 14 '05  Sucess!

Woodie Hopper

Nice hike, a little muddy in spots.
Posted Aug 23, 2005 5:50 pm

mdavenport2Route Climbed: Southwest slopes from Winfield Date Climbed: August 6, 2005  Sucess!

mdavenport2

5 of us climbed. 4 made the summit. The basin below La Plata on this route is stunning. Fabulous views of Huron and the Three Apostles to the south. Great day, great climb, great friends.
Posted Aug 9, 2005 6:56 pm

404notfoundRoute Climbed: Standard Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!
Great first summit of the year! One small section of trail still under snow, but can easily be avoided with some easy boulder hopping. Snow was very firm early in the day, so we went straight up with our Yax Trax.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 10:26 am

KirkMillerRoute Climbed: southwest Date Climbed: July 23, 2005  Sucess!
my first 14er! not in shape for climb. total 7.5 hours. my legs were spaghetti. worth it though great views!
Posted Jul 30, 2005 4:36 am

haytraciRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!

haytraci

Had to sit out an afternoon storm during this one...even though it was to be expected. Witnessed the most beautiful sunset and alpenglow on the way down. Worth the fear experienced when lightening struck nearby as we were just above treeline.
Posted Jul 28, 2005 7:10 pm

climber46Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: Sept 12, 2004  Sucess!

climber46

This hike has some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer. The aspens were arrayed in a golden robe. A jagged peak rises above the end of the valley the trail follows early on. The view of Ellingwood ridge was also great. And they we saw some Mtn. Goats in the distance. The weather was less than ideal, and I considered turning back, but my friend who has been on many 14ers, convinced me to summit. Due to a lack of acclimatization, this hike was actually more difficult for me than Longs Peak.
Posted Jul 19, 2005 9:12 pm

seswansoRoute Climbed: Standard NW Ridge Date Climbed: July 7, 2005  Sucess!
The PERFECT day for the first summit of the summer. Not a cloud in the sky and barely a breeze on the summit. Loved this hike!
Posted Jul 18, 2005 11:27 am

CWFryRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

CWFry

Beautiful peak, one of my favorites.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 4:46 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: SW Slopes Date Climbed: May, 23 2004  Sucess!

doumall

8th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 2:34 pm

jonpierreRoute Climbed: northwest ridge + ski descent of north face Date Climbed: 7/9/2005  Sucess!

jonpierre

left around 4:45am with partner fritzsperry, the hike was great and it is constant climbing. we reached the summit and meet alot of great people. around noon we skied the north face and bushwhacked out. long day, back at the car around 4pm. snow was great, 2-4" inch of slush on nice firm base. in some of the couloirs we even hit really firm almost ice. lots of snow still out there.
Posted Jul 11, 2005 9:28 pm

bigwillyRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!

bigwilly

Great day for climbing. Great weather and beautiful scenery. Great fun.
Posted Jul 10, 2005 9:28 pm

Steve MouldingRoute Climbed: Standard (NW Ridge Date Climbed: July 5th 2005  Sucess!

Steve Moulding

Almost no snow encountered. Flies (Mosquitos and other fiends) were out in force along the creek and they sure were biting.



Trail obvious and well maintained all the way from the road up to the shoulder at 12700 ft. Beyond that had to ascend pain-in-the-neck big-rock fields. No real trail to speak of here, but cairns show up from time to time.



Weather fine. No afternoon rain. Not much wind.



Took us 9h round trip but we were going at a casual pace.



Steve Moulding
Posted Jul 8, 2005 1:11 am

wwellsRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 28, 2005  Sucess!

wwells

This was a more challenging hike than I had expected. The view of Ellingwood Ridge from the ridge crest was impressive, but the scramble through the rocks up to the summit was long and tiring. Crossing the raging South Fork Lake Creek on the metal and wood bridge was also interesting. Thanks to CFI for a great trail on the lower sections.
Posted Jul 4, 2005 12:16 pm

scvanmRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: 6/26/2005  Sucess!

scvanm

First mountain of the year. Number 11 14er. Tougher than I expected. My legs were out of shape and felt like spaghetti. Glad I made it ....Praise the Lord!!
Posted Jun 28, 2005 8:47 am

keenez01Route Climbed: started from the lake creak trailhead Date Climbed: July 24, 2002  Sucess!

keenez01

Posted Jun 26, 2005 3:20 pm

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