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Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: From Guanella Pass Date Climbed: April 26, 2001  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Beautiful spring day, decent spring snow. The long day became even longer as my crap snowshoe decided to pop off with everyother plunge step. 7:30 to 5:30 trip = tired Ryan
Posted Apr 19, 2004 12:36 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: From Guanella Pass, Over Bierstadt, & Va the Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: July, 28, 2001  Sucess!


The Sawtooth Ridge is a must climb!! With the right route finding and some effort you can stay on the ridge and enjoy the awesome views on both sides!!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 4:59 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: September 28, 2001  Sucess!


We wanted to try out some more third-class after a favorable experience on Longs during the summer. The Sawtooth Ridge is a great introduction to alpine scrambling. The exposure is considerable in places, especially to the uninitiated, but we were already getting comfortable with exposure to some extent. Once across the ridge, we thought we were home free, but Evans' west ridge goes on interminably. We encountered flurries on Evans' summit before we started heading back to Guanella. We used the gully that descends west from the saddle between Spalding and Evans (I've seen this gully given a name before, but I can't recall it right now) to reach the Scott Gomer Creek headwaters. We had a miserable time in the willows (no boardwalks here!), but we made it back to the car without incident.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 2:06 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge from Bierdstadt and ridge from Mount Spaulding Date Climbed: July 3, 2000  Sucess!


A big mountain with a road to the top. Although the Mount Evans highway mars the wilderness characteristics of the mountain it does allow some neat little adventures.

Posted Mar 29, 2004 8:32 pm

pphluxRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: Summer 1996  Sucess!


Okay, I'm really lame.

I drove the road with my family some time ago.

I plan to ascend by either sawtooth, guanella pass, or perhaps

the Snave or similar north face routes sometime soon...
Posted Mar 19, 2004 11:30 pm

flybigskyRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: summer 1976  Sucess!


This was the second 14'er and I was 5. Climbed with my dad and brother, and made it to the top without help. It was the begining of a lifetime love of the mountians.
Posted Mar 5, 2004 8:06 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Echo Lake Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
Nice long hike, lots of people on top.
Posted Feb 12, 2004 4:03 am

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: August, 23 2002  Sucess!


Makes a great combination when done with Bierstadt.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:29 pm

Erik BeelerRoute Climbed: Summit Late Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

Erik Beeler

Getting ready for Long's Peak hike. Nice hike not long.

Drove up to the top of Evans the day before for a few hours of hiking and acclimitizing. It snowed and the drive down was hell.
Posted Nov 30, 2003 1:51 pm

Erik BeelerRoute Climbed: Echo Lake Date Climbed: July 1989  Sucess!

Erik Beeler

I was too young to notice the altitude, now it kills me. Got sunburned.
Posted Nov 30, 2003 1:49 pm

Aaron ReidRoute Climbed: Chicago Lakes Route Date Climbed: August 17, 2003  Sucess!
Mt. Evans is not a place for solitude due to the road up to the top, and the presence of all the car tourists is certainly a different experience then other 14ers. That said, I had a fun day starting out from Echo Lake and following the Chicago Lakes route to Summit Lake, then taking the Northeast face to the top. On the way down to the parking lot on top I passed a car tourist in shorts jogging brisky up the trail. I turned around a few seconds later and he was doubled over and dry heaving. After a few heaves he got his composure back and began to walk gingerly towards the summit. Never a dull moment on Mt. Evans...
Posted Oct 22, 2003 6:54 pm

iamn8hahsRoute Climbed: Northeast Face Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!
My first fourteener.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 8:11 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: via Sawtooth Date Climbed: August 13 2000  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

A long boring stroll to the most disappointing and crowded summit in Colorado...though I'm sure skiing its couliors in early spring would be better.
Posted Oct 2, 2003 10:24 am

MrWasatchRoute Climbed: Summit Lake Date Climbed: August 7, 1998  Sucess!


Easy climb from Summit Lake, enjoyable. Steep tundra slope, great views. Mountain goats everywhere!
Posted Sep 26, 2003 12:11 pm

dpRoute Climbed: summit lake Date Climbed: August 22, 2000  Sucess!


First CO 14'er, one week after moving to Colorado. Accompanied by my son, who has yet to do another 14'er with me. Next time, I'll go over the sawtooth from Bierstadt.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 12:25 am

kcmuleRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass via Sawtooth Date Climbed: Sun August 24, 2003  Sucess!


OK, so we got picked up in a car at the top of Mount Evans by a friend so we didn't get to descend, but summitting Bierstadt and then traversing the Sawtooth was still a pretty good challenge. Summitpost is right on about the route looking harder than it is. There were a couple challenging points just before you cross over to the other side of the ridge - but even these can be avoided if you don't mind downclimbing a bit more (you just have to make up that elevation in a trough-like couloir just before the rolling traverse to the other side). The ledges did get a little thin (2 feet in places) but I never felt uncomfortable or in any real danger. The hike to Evans from here was uneventful, but did offer some cool views of the Sawtooth from the 'other side'. Then a cloud descended upon us and robbed us of our summit view on Evans. Oh well, at least we made it! Fun trip, I'd highly recommend it for those looking for a nice taste of Class 3.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 1:36 pm

climber46Route Climbed: Road & 50-foot scramble Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!


My friend Super Kent and I drove to the summit parking lot. There was an electrical storm nearby. A ranger advised us to stay in our truck. But we scrambled the fifty feet or so to the true summit anyway(It was not mandatory, only advised to stay in vehicle). Once I neared the summit, I touched my hair and heard a "zzzzz" sound! I quickly ducked down lower. I had come too far not to touch the summit rock so I reached up and touched the top of the summit rock, and once again, I felt and heard an minor "zzzzz" sound! My friend and I quickly scrambled back down the slope amidst a couple of lightning flashes in the distance. Even though this summit was a drive-up, it was one of my most dangerous summits because of this experience.

Thunder Dan
Posted Aug 4, 2003 9:16 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Summit Lake to W-NW ledges to NW Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 1997


Hiked & scrambled up to Mt. Evans' summit with my dad, from Summit Lake. Missed the start of the trail early on, so we had to improvise, & scrambled up some class 3 ledges before gaining the mellow slope leading to the summit. Along the way a mountain goat posed majestically for us (he was probably just waiting for us to piss to get his salt intake for the day). Also encountered some German engineers testing the then pre-production Audi TT in high altitude conditions, which was sort of cool (one of the few uses of that road). Of course also encountered the expected lazy flat-lander tourists on the summit who'd driven up. Another great day in the Rockies with my Pops.

Did the Snave route, starting at Echo Lake TH. Left at 7.02, summited at 11.48. While the car crowds at Summit Lake, & of course the summit, were staggering on this pre-Labor Day Sunday, I encountered very few on the way up from Echo Lake, & no-one from Summit Lake until I ran into the summit ridge. Beautiful area- the glacial cirques & nice granite are stunning! Fun route- fun scrambling leading up to the final couloir, & ~50' or so of enjoyable, albeit mungy, 4th.

9.3.'14: from Guanella Pass
Left car ~9.20. Hiked down to Guanella Pass campground (10,800'; turned back from campground sign at 9.53) to get a full 3,000' for day, then hiked up to Evans. Trail avoiding (well, at least parts, if you can keep to it) swamp goes L directly at (before) stream crossing on standard trail to Bierstadt. Summited at 14.07, hung out for a bit, enjoying views. Left summit at 14.35. Felt like dog shit pretty much the whole way down- not enough sleep the night before, blasted from the sun, & not enough hydration during the day. Still nice to be in beautiful surroundings, & on a 14er, no less. Back at truck at 17.41, then off to hang with the Larks (& meet Grace!).

Posted Jul 30, 2003 12:30 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: West Ridge from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 25, 2003  Sucess!


I HATE WILLOWS! I had a bad (translation- educational) experience with the neighborhood willows on a spring/snow climb on Bierstadt 2 years before from the same trailhead. But I must admit I would rather slog through the mud and the marsh than the snow and the postholing anyday. Lest I sound bitter- my thanks to those who built the bridges from the beginning of the trailhead. You were building them on a day when I first attempted an "easy" Bierstadt- only to be blown from my feet several times before I decided to try Bierstadt "another day"

Did Evans on a nice day and decided to bag Spalding also since I was "in the neighborhood." Evans was a fun climb. Had to get the tourists out of the way for the summit photo. Having fun now!
Posted Jul 29, 2003 7:53 pm

dsnellRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: July 24, 2003  Sucess!


Parked the car on a switchback a few miles from the summit and slogged up the north slopes as an acclimatization hike for Longs. I saw a herd of mountain goats on the way. Choked on fumes as I crossed the parking lot for the last 30' to the summit, but otherwise a beautiful climb.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 7:10 am

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