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CODaveRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!


Solo and did not see a single person until I ran into a couple on the summit who came up from Winfield. Saw 2 people on way down.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 12:17 pm

Livelife4SummitsRoute Climbed: via Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 14th, 2003  Sucess!


A beautiful day for my last summit. I was actually considering doing this peak via Ellingwood Ridge but after Princeton, I did not feel like making things hard on myself and decided to just take the main trail and enjoy my last summit of the summer. Once on the summit, I was all alone and it was the best view I had all week long. I decided to do what I always wanted to do, and thus I beat off right there on the summit and left a piece of me for everyone to enjoy. It was a great culmination to a hard week of peakbagging.
Posted Dec 29, 2005 3:05 am

jclementsRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 2002  Sucess!


My 2nd attempt (first Oct. 2000, started out too late, partner was out of shape and slowed us down as well); coming off night shift, didn't sleep at TH camp, indigestion from failing vegetarian diet, drank 3 beers night before, altitude sickness started at peak and lasted for a while down, dry heaves and all. Made it, though!
Posted Dec 22, 2005 7:46 pm

indianhillstedRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: July 1999
Beautiful day, but we didn't feel great. So many wildflowers! Next attempt will be Ellingwood.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 5:57 pm

Alcas24Route Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: Sept. 3, 2005  Sucess!


Awesome route! Solo climb, 8hrs trailhead to summit. Stayed up high on the ridge but avoided most of the 5th class. This route is definately not a walkup and should not be underestimated.
Posted Oct 25, 2005 2:52 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 06/05/2005  Sucess!


The Lake Creek Approach is a relatively easy "walk-up"
Posted Oct 5, 2005 10:29 pm

iceisniceRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: July '04  Sucess!


Great solo. 4th class. Great, long day out.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 10:37 pm

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


Beautiful clear day. Calm at the summit. -- Paul Conte (Eugene, OR)
Posted Sep 19, 2005 11:52 pm

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


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!


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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

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