Route Climbed: Mt. Spaulding / Summit Ridge Date Climbed: 7/17/2001
This was my girlfriend's first fourteener, so I thought it would be a short (3.5 miles), easy one to start her out with. Not! We climbed over Mt. Spaulding from Summit Lake and joined up with the trail coming from over the Sawtooth. This took us around Evan's West side. Pretty interesting route for a first timer! We slid and stomped directly down the Northeast face back to the road. She was a real trooper through it all.
Route Climbed: Mt. Evans Road from Summit Lake Date Climbed: 8/17/2000
This was my second time up Evans, albeit it felt like a bit of a cop-out walking up the road! My partner and I were still green and didn't feel like doing a talus climb up the summit face from the lake, so we took the LONG stroll up the road. People driving up looked at us like we were from another planet. The summit was encased in clouds and we managed to get a ride back down to the lake from some folks before the rain started hard.
Route Climbed: Northwest face from Summit Lake Date Climbed: 5/30/2000
This was my first experience with a 14er. I don't really consider it my first bagged peak, as the route was so short and fairly easy, albeit there was still a good deal of snow around. Met a lady from Bosnia at the lake and we spontaneously decided to make the climb, with the NW face being the obvious way up from our viewpoint at that time. Found out later that the NE face is the preferred way up from the lake! We got a lift back down to the lake from the summit.