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marcminishRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: March 14, 2003  Sucess!


A basic slog. This was only my 2nd 14er, but a nice way to spend a day on an easy alpine trek. Summitted with my buddy Paul Ivaska.
Posted Mar 18, 2003 4:43 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: October 13, 2002  Sucess!


Flew out to Colorado for the weekend of my 22nd birthday. I attempted Castle and Holy Cross the 2 days before, however, 750 ft to 14,000+ ft is quite a shock to the system in the span of 1 day. ;-) On the last day of my trip (Sunday) I simply continued slogging despite the obviously thin air (for a flatlander anyway) and made the summit! Great views and a wonderful snow climb.
Posted Mar 10, 2003 12:32 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: West Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2001


My 1st CO 14er. Seems like so long ago. The date should be accurate to within a week or so.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 3:49 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2003  Sucess!


My second winter climb of this one and my fourth overall. I was quite happy to find that the new trail and catwalks make postholing across the willows a thing of the past.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 2:41 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2003  Sucess!


Climbed Bierstadt for the 2nd time this winter. Next I hope to do Quandry or Evans (from Guanella Pass, before the tourists come back :-).
Posted Feb 19, 2003 6:27 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Guenalla Pass Date Climbed: Febuary 2 2003, Feb 212004  Sucess!


It started as a nice day but the weater turned bad when I reached the summit. I managed to get down alright but the trip home back to denver took three hours! The hike up the mountain was breath taking and I finaly got to sign a summit log.

This was my 2nd time going up Bierstadt, the weather was a lot nicer than last time so I got a lot of good pictures. I hiked with Bill and my girlfriend so the pace was more relaxed than last time. I think my girl friend was starting to get altitude sickness at around 13800 so I walked her down while Bill did the summit. Other than that it was a really nice day.
Posted Feb 3, 2003 1:14 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Guenalla Pass Date Climbed: June 6, 2001  Sucess!


The start of the hike goes downhill and crosses numerous marshy areas. The trail was maintained very well with numerous wood bridges over the wetlands. After about a mile the trail starts its climb. It was a steady slope all the way to the top with boulders at the last 200 vertical feet or so. At the summit it was somewhat windy and was also quite cold. After about 15 minutes on the summit I was on my way back down. It started to get hot lower down on the trail and the clouds were starting to look pretty threatening by the time I got back to the car.

Well I did it. Not really fast or efficient but that was ok. The views from the top of Bierstadt were well worth the hike. I would recommend this hike for anyone who wants to do a fourteener for the first time. Its short and the vertical wasn’t that drastic.

Posted Jan 16, 2003 11:14 am

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


This was my second ascent of Bierstadt. It was my second 14er many years ago. This second trip my ultimate destination was actually Evans over the Sawtooth ridge. I summitted Bierstadt around 11 am after getting a late start from the Guanella Pass trailhead. I knew I was cutting time very close if I was to make it across the ridge and up Evans. The ridge was a lot of fun - class 3 scrambling and climbing. A few sections might even be considered class 4. I nearly reached the summit of Evans but was forced to turn back due to weather. The return trip was a nightmare due to confronation with the willows. Some poor family from Minnesota was following me and we all got up to our mid-thighs in mud. I was just happy to have worn my pants that zip off into shorts so when I finally returned to the car, I could get rid of the mud!

On my first trip up Bierstadt back in early 1990s, it was before the walkways were built. My friends dog got stuck in the mud and we had quite a time getting her out (she had short legs).! Quite funny to watch 3 people trying to extricate this poor little dog who didn't know what had happened except her legs wouldn't move anymore!
Posted Dec 27, 2002 8:14 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: West Slopes (standard route) Date Climbed: December 14, 2002  Sucess!


A beautiful day for this nice, short climb. Trail was well worn so I didn't need my snowshoes. Great views of Evans, Grays, Torreys, and even Longs and Pikes from the top. Spent about an hour at the summit, and since I had extra time I walked along the south ridge to see what I could see.

The most painful part of the trip was the traffic on I-70... ;-)
Posted Dec 15, 2002 8:23 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: West Ridge from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: November 29, 2002  Sucess!

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Perfect Winter Day! The snow looked sparse, so I left my snowshoes in my car. I had to break a lot of trail, which left me pretty tired.

It was one of those perfect Colorado blue-sky days! Just a light breeze at the peak.
Posted Nov 30, 2002 7:56 am

zzrilRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: July 1991  Sucess!


Did Evans and LONG loop down into the valley and back up to Evans.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 12:27 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Guanella pass Date Climbed: June 6, 2002  Sucess!
My first Fourteener. We shared the summit with one other person. The first time I did this it took me almost five hours. Two and a half months later, plus two other fourteeners, it took me two and a half hours. A nice hike.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 10:52 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 15, 2002  Sucess!


I loved this climb. Did Gray/Torreys in the AM, and hit this one in the PM. The trail is clearly upgraded and beautifully done.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 8:25 am

DukeJHRoute Climbed: Guanella PAss Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


First 14er.

Generally a good day with no weather, hot, and not overly crowded. I climbed with my dad (60) and my son (10). We had little time to acclimatize and did 2 day hikes out of Loveland Pass to adjust. We left the trailhead at 0730 and summitted around 1130. My son decided he couldn't carry his pack up the last pitch to the ridgeline so I clipped his pack to mine. By the time we reached the summit I was blasted and was sick from the altitude: headache, nausea, and couldn't eat at all. It was very warm on the summit so we took some pictures and headed down. The descent was pleasant until we reached the willows and I ran out of water (from being a fish on the way up carrying 2 packs). Luckily my dad and son had water to share. We reached the car around 1330 and headed out for a well deserved rest.
Posted Nov 1, 2002 11:25 am

HayesredRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Summer 1982  Sucess!
This was my 1st 14er. An overnight boy scout trip when I was 12 years old. A passion ignited.
Posted Oct 30, 2002 12:52 pm

climberkjpRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass/West Slope Date Climbed: January 29, 2000  Sucess!


It is a very different climb in the winter - the willows don't come into effect. Basically just a long snowshoe to the top. Can't beat the solitude, though!
Posted Oct 22, 2002 10:48 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Guenalla Pass Date Climbed: August 2 2001  Sucess!


You'll have to read the trip report once it is posted. Quite an adventure via the Sawtooth to Mt. Evans.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 2:25 pm

Peter BridgesRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: September 10, 2002  Sucess!
My wife Mary Jane, six friends, and I climbed Bierstadt from Guanella Pass. Fortunately it had stopped raining by the time we started. However, there was light fog and fresh snow above 13,000 feet; because of the snow we lost the trail in places, but several cairns helped show us the way. Saw two mountain goats. My fourth Fourteener, at age 70; my wife's third, but she has done several difficult Thirteeners this summer that I did not attempt.
Posted Sep 10, 2002 7:07 pm

AndyRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass, home via Sawtooth Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!


Great hike, good weather, suprisingly few people on the summit at 9:30 on a Saturday. To make it more interesting we descended via The Sawtooth and the gully north of The Sawtooth. Check out my trip report for more details. Check out my website for a complete set of the photos I took during the trip: www.leachfam.com.
Posted Sep 9, 2002 10:50 am

kcmuleRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 12, 2002  Sucess!


Fun trip, my first 14er, hiked with my friend Andy. The boardwalks through the willows and swamplands (very wet even during this year's drought!) were a most welcome alternative to the horror stories we've heard about the trudging through the mud before they were built. Past the willows the trail gets fairly steep; nothing at all difficult but it was strenuous. Once we got to the top of the ridge, we were rewarded with a fun boulder climb to the peak. We signed the registry and talked with some folks at the top; met a 72 year old man whom I found most inspirational. His being at the top means I could have more than 40 more years of hiking/climbing ahead of me! Yep, I'm hooked. We spent 2 hours at the top and even got some time on the peak all to ourselves. Ventured out towards the sawtooth just to check it out. Looks challenging and fun; might have to try it sometime. Hike down was uneventful, but very fast. Can't wait to do Quandary next week!
Posted Aug 13, 2002 2:28 pm

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