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Andrew VargoRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 4, 2005  Sucess!

Andrew Vargo

Fun route taking the Southeast Ridge up. Not a single other person, bright blue sky and absolutely no wind. Taking the East Slope Trail down was another story. 50+ people, strong winds and monotonous trail. Should of traversed to Paiute to avoid the crowds. At least I will know next time. Overall, a perfect day to spend the Fourth of July.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 1:11 am

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 2004  Sucess!

sbkelley

Thunderstorms in September? It made things interesting - but as or more beautiful than anything I've seen on the Fourteeners yet.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 12:50 pm

RMdaytripsgrlRoute Climbed: Blue Lake Loop Date Climbed: June 18, 2005  Sucess!

RMdaytripsgrl

An easy ascent via East Slopes, no snowshoes necessary. When you reach the saddle between Audubon and "Notabon", take a peek over the edge to the Coney Lakes basin below. It's a spectacular sight. Watch out for the wind that comes screaming up from the basin, however. I almost got knocked back onto my butt! (I attempted to climb Audubon in May via this basin, but the snow was too deep w/the long approach I had) A glissade down Crooked Couloir, described as "very steep gully" in the route description, is highly recommended if snow conditions permit. Be sure you have an ax to control speed on this one, it is very steep, and is almost 2,000 vertical feet! We probably could have put on our snowshoes when down in the basin, as the snow was pretty soft at 11am and still very deep. Snowshoes will be unnecessary in a few weeks... A great route all-around.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 4:34 pm

umbra altaRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 20 2003  Sucess!

umbra alta

I've been on this ridge three times. Weather turned me back at the notch the first time-I quickly descended into the east face cirque to dump altitude. Second time was the charm. Snow helps make this route easier, covering the scree and talus down low, and allows a quick descent/ascent of the south facing couloir into the notch if you're so inclined. The 'Headwall' out of the notch was mostly turf on my June, 20 ascent. Third attempt exceeded my partner's comfort level at the notch. Bring a rope to rap if you're worried about this notorious downclimb, although I went without on all my attempts. Also ascended from Paiute's connecting ridge in September?, 2004. Simple third class scramble, with insane wind.
Posted Jun 21, 2005 5:12 pm

growskiRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: June 16, 2005  Sucess!

growski

Great fun in the snow and rewarded with very calm winds at the top. Perfect climbing day.
Posted Jun 20, 2005 12:25 am

Luka ZnidarcicRoute Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: 5/05  Sucess!

Luka Znidarcic

Great hike in the snow. Nice day with a little wind.
Posted Jun 2, 2005 11:58 pm

RenoBobRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: August, 1967  Sucess!
My first 13er. I was 15.
Posted May 10, 2005 5:23 pm

Brian KaletClimbed Twice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2002

Brian Kalet

8/31/2002
9/10/2011 With "Notabon"
Posted Apr 14, 2005 3:14 pm

Colorado SusanRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: October 23, 2005  Sucess!

Colorado Susan

I literally thought I was going to be blown away! All you lightweights...beware a windy day on Audubon! Overall, it was an enjoyable day.
Posted Mar 16, 2005 12:13 am

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: May 27, 1985  Sucess!

ColoradoScott

After an uneventful approach thru the trees on top of frozen snow, we hiked the snowfields and trail up the eastern slopes. On the descent we had a few nice glissades, but once back into the trees, we lost the trail, plunged to our knees constantly in the afternoon melted snow, and plugged our way back to the raod closure.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 3:51 pm

markeRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: February 6, 2005  Sucess!

marke

What a wonderfull day. We summited from a camp above Mitchel Lake at 10,875. 3+ hours to the summit, where there was a light wind, and sunny skies. Awsome views! Slog back to the winter gate closure was tiring with full packs.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 11:11 am

pksanderRoute Climbed: Brainer Lake Date Climbed: December 4, 2004  Sucess!

pksander

Climbed with Georg Betsy on a beautiful, clear day with only variable winds (contrary to forecasts). Amazing views all around, but a bad day for altitude--I recently moved from WA. Sick and lethargic towards the summit and pretty much the whole way out. Some navigational challenges orienteering our way back to the lake, made even more fun (can you hear the irony?) by deep, deep snow in the woods to plod through. Despite being sick, a great trip.
Posted Dec 5, 2004 10:10 am

ChrisRoute Climbed: Standard East Slopes Date Climbed: October 23, 2004  Sucess!

Chris

Beautiful day but extremely windy! The CU research station at Niwot Ridge (11,200') measured 50mph gusts... I'd guess winds at the summit around 70-80mph. Fun quick and easy winter hike.
Posted Oct 23, 2004 8:51 pm

MtnWomanRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 10, 2004  Sucess!

MtnWoman

Scary ridge of talus on the way up, but well worth it. Spectacular views from the summit.
Posted Oct 15, 2004 12:30 am

CharlesDRoute Climbed: South East Ridge, descent by East Slopes Date Climbed: October 10, 2004  Sucess!

CharlesD

Very direct, strenuous tallus climb with exciting exposure near the top. Not as bad as the North Ridge of Neva, but the crux notch is certainly greater than third class, especially with 8" of snow. Summit view is spectacular and well worth the effort. Great trip in fantastic fall weather.
Posted Oct 11, 2004 12:49 pm

dunking_deutschmanRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: September 8, 2004  Sucess!

dunking_deutschman

Spectacular views of Indian Peaks after the dusting of snow the previous weekend. The rugged mountains looked particularly dramatic.
Posted Sep 20, 2004 11:31 pm

kcmuleRoute Climbed: Brainard Lake Date Climbed: Wed Sept 1, 2004  Sucess!

kcmule

No summit register and no USGS marker (that I could find) but the disappointment stops there. Awesome, swathing (is that a word?) view of pretty much all of southern RMNP plus Longs' south face, the Never Summer Range, Lake Granby, and the spiky northern Indian Peaks. This is a popular place, but patience rewarded me with some quality solo-summit time. Next time I bring a buddy and we try the Paiute-Audubon Traverse, it looks airy and exciting!
Posted Sep 1, 2004 8:50 pm

jeffgunRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!

jeffgun

Outstanding views of the Longs massif and the Apache massif. Went ahead and got the high point to the north while I was there, Roach's 'Notabon'.
Posted Aug 22, 2004 7:08 pm

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: August 13  Sucess!

georgbetsy

Climbed Audubon as part of my own personal challenge to cover the whole ridge from Audubon, Paiute, Toll, Pawnee, and Little Pawnee in a day. Was a great trip (see my tripreport for more information). I covered every highpoint along the ridge and thus went up Mount "Notabon" (see Roach) as well as several smaller high-points along the way. -- Great views of Longs peak from the whole ridge!
Posted Aug 14, 2004 6:28 pm

colintRoute Climbed: Audubon trail Date Climbed: March 2004  Sucess!

colint

Fun winter climb
Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:52 pm

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