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BeginnerClimberFam's First 14er attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006


AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! Took the whole fam to Bierstadt, picking what I thought was the easiest 14er over the easiest path (Guenella Pass). The wife and 13yo and 6yo daughters all gave it the college try, but they turned around at 12,600ft while the 10yo son and I trudged ahead. Made the summit quickly, then hiked down quickly the find the family sleeping in the truck.

Guess I thought they could make it (this is my 9th 14er) but we'll try again next spring. All in all, no complaints about the cool weather and cloudless sky. Wish all hikes were like that! See my Mt Sherman writeup from the week prior to see how things change in a week.
Posted Sep 4, 2006 3:08 am

pbogenGuanella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006


Very crowded... but very easy hike with pretty good views at the top
Posted Aug 22, 2006 5:49 pm

smason505East ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006


Awesome hike/scramble. A much better route than the crowded west slopes.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 3:54 pm

smason505Guanella Pass route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2005


Parked at noon, on top by 145pm, back at the car by 3pm. Lots of people. Weather looked threatening, but held.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 6:43 pm

jpvtmy first 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


great views from the summit, we got hailed on during the hike down
Posted Aug 6, 2006 11:43 pm

Brandon FullerSawtooth Is Great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Brandon Fuller

Went up from Guenella and conquered the Sawtooth!
Posted Jul 29, 2006 12:10 am

RMdaytripsgrlFINALLY  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


Finally got up this one...Top of Bier from Guanella pass in just over 2 hours...descent to Sawtooth about 1 hour...Sawtooth traverse - PRICELESS! That thing is FUN! A good beginner class 3 with a little (but not too much) exposure for newbies...Lets not talk about the willows on the way out...:)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 2:27 pm

pittbrowniefrom Guanella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


Little harder hike than I expected, but a good time. TONS of people, might have been over 50 on the peak.
Posted Jul 24, 2006 2:00 pm

seth@LOKISawtooth to Evans from Guenella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 1996


Fun Ridge. Longer day than I expected.
Posted Jul 21, 2006 1:14 am

Mike McSawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006

Mike Mc

Guanella Pass to Sawtooth Ridge to Evans. Crazy Willows!
Posted Jul 19, 2006 3:09 am

HarleyWulfFrom Guanella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2006
Climbed during the week to avoid the crowds. Windy day, but very beautiful.
Posted Jul 17, 2006 2:41 pm

rpaceLost!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006


I was looking for the trail to do Mt Evans from the Guanella Pass trailhead, but I must have walked right past it. No matter, ended doing Bierstadt instead. My dog's first fourteener!

Posted Jul 10, 2006 7:10 pm

FentonForche2Third Fourteener  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006


Nice trail and an enjoyable hike. Ran into the ubiquitous backcountry know-it-all who tried to advise us on every aspect of our hike, but you can't let those folks ruin your day. Of the four I've done so far (Grays, Torreys, Bierstadt, Quandary), this might have been the best overall.
Posted Jul 7, 2006 9:27 pm

Roam Around14'er!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006
First one of the summer. Took Diane along for her first one ever. Great climb/hike, started at 6 am and 36 degrees, finished a couple hours and much warmer later. Crowds and crowds headed up while we were coming back down.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 8:00 pm

ElliottDavisChillin' for the sake of Turkey  Sucess!


Went up on Thanksgiving; got a little frostnip and a great appetite. I like working off dinner first. =)
Posted Jun 26, 2006 3:55 am

baezGuanella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2006


First attempted and first sucessful 14er since moving to Colorado a month previous. Great weather, a waltz up to the top. Compacted snow with almost no postholing, an easy and enjoyable winter ascent.
Posted Jun 25, 2006 10:28 pm

Scott WesemannBierstadt solo
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2006

Scott Wesemann

Started at 6:20 (solo) and there were 4 or 5 groups ahead of me. Also starting at the same time was Jan from Denver (solo) Both of us made good time and quickly passed the other groups. Was on the summit in just under two hours, arriving at the same time as another group that had started earlier and just after Jan. The views were fantastic! Third 14er in three days. Sooooo many people on the trail that I passed on the way down. I was happy I started early.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 7:46 pm

Gahugafuga4th of July 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2002


Was the first to summit on 7/4/02. I must've left too early since I beat the flag to the top (they attempted to post a US flag at the summit of every 14er on July 4th that year). That's okay though because thunderheads were already building by 9:00AM on my descent. Yikes!
Posted Jun 20, 2006 3:01 pm

rleclairGreat Colorado Day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2006


This day affirms why I live in Colorado. The weather was picture perfect when I started the ascent at 7 AM with nary a cloud in the sky and temps hovering around 45-50 degrees. The parking lot was 30-40% full already but I hardly saw anyone on the trail as I was going up. One guy had a large 40-45 lb pack heading up to the summit. Turns out he's leaving for Denali in 1.5 weeks and this was a final training hike. I passed about 4-5 people on the way up and was happy to see only 4 people on the summit. It was rather breazy so the windchill was brisk at 9 AM. I hung out for about 30 minutes and decided to head down to avoid the impending crowds. As expected, the people train was working it's way up as I was 1/2 way down. The wildflowers were all out and make for some great pics! I was back at the trailhead at noon after taking a USFS Ranger Volunteers survey about trail use, etc. Total time: 5 hours
Posted Jun 19, 2006 4:29 pm

c_rockwoodSummit from Guanella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006
A nasty bit of windburn at the top, but otherwise smooth sailing.
Posted Jun 11, 2006 4:08 pm

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