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cgallaugherEarly storms
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013


This was my attempt at a 2nd 14,000 footer and bringing a friend for her first. We had a beautiful day despite a late start: 9:00. The trails were crowded but everyone was friendly. Conditions were great and easy footing. We were just about at the turn for the summit, 13,750 feet, when a bolt of lightening struck the summit sending everyone down. Another bold hit just to the east of us and dark clouds enveloped the mountain. I had crouched down hoping for the storm to pass but there was no indication it would and hoards of people and dogs started hurrying back down. Hail started in earnest and stung any exposed skin as well as filled the trail with ice and the nice footing was complicated as the trail turned to mud mixed with ice. Everyone encouraged each other down the mountain and emphatically shared the feeling of defeat as many of us never got to summit that day. Those who did summit as the lightening struck were shaken, hair had stood on ends for some and you could hear the electricity crackly in the cairns. Am saddened to miss the peak but thankful no one was hurt that day. Definitely a nice climb and will revisit it someday...
Posted Sep 29, 2013 6:30 pm

jczogBeautiful Day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2013


Went with a friend and spent over an hour socializing on summit. Nice quick walk-up.
Posted Sep 4, 2013 9:21 pm

TJ311Fifth 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2013


My 2 friends and I made it to the top in 3 hours. I didn't figure this was too awfully bad since we had just flown in from Dallas 36 hours prior to climbing. It's my 5th 14'er. Very crowded on the trail and lots of dogs! Fun time.
Posted Aug 27, 2013 12:02 pm

xDoogiexNice day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2013


Sweet hike. I had no food(gave it to my friend) and 2 hours of sleep so I struggled. I'll have to return and hit it harder solo
Posted Aug 25, 2013 4:16 pm

Tbacon251Crowded   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


Hiked with Ryan and Mareshah. Very crowded mountain.
Posted Aug 4, 2013 11:15 pm

Peakbug4th of July   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011


We got up (and down) early to avoid the crowds. Perfect day.
Posted Jul 7, 2013 5:29 pm

astroclimberFun in the winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2011


Fun climb with my son, but nasty willows in the snow.
Posted Jul 6, 2013 9:12 pm

MissH"Winter" solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2013


With all the snow this spring hike should count as winter! Was able to go right up the snow to the summit. Caught in light snow (and fell IN the creek) on the descent.
Posted May 23, 2013 4:20 pm

jfulcherstandard rt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2011


quick hike.
Posted May 15, 2013 7:57 am

jainman09#6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2011


Took my 10 year old newphew up for his First Fourteener and success!
Posted May 9, 2013 3:48 pm

DrHilleasy hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2005


With a great group of REU friends
Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:42 pm

CambotWest Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2013


Only a few other people and dead calm at the summit!
Posted Apr 6, 2013 9:26 pm

MikeyBGotta go in winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2013


Solo up the West slopes, had the summit to myself, which is an extremely unusual feat for this peak. Gotta go in the winter if you want this peak to yourself!
Posted Feb 3, 2013 8:40 pm

skyward22Western Slopes in winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2010


Climbed solo on the same day that some kid committed suicide on Guanella Pass Road that leads up to the peak. Anyone ever read about this? Being a one way road, we waited three hours for them to clear the crime scene.
Posted Jan 15, 2013 2:58 am

Fletchgreat route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011


tour de abyss w/ nelson.
Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:35 pm

fox045This is how it started!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


With LeeAnne, first 14er!
Posted Dec 3, 2012 9:45 pm

telemarkdudeSawtooth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 1996


The exposure really is not great and none of the scrambling was difficult. More hike than scramble but definitely an enjoyable trip.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 2:03 pm

BergerGuanella Pass  Sucess!


Lots of people.
Posted Nov 4, 2012 7:31 pm

milanBierstadt Sawtooth Evans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008
Good combo.
Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:54 pm

DougBentonPerfect day for it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012


A hike up from Guanella Pass then across the Sawtooth to Mount Evans! Awesome, and I had several minutes alone on Mount Bierstadt to take it all in!!
Posted Sep 6, 2012 11:25 pm

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