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ogonzooRoute Climbed: Twin Moons Creek - kinda? Date Climbed: September 07, 2002  Sucess!


well, we lost the trail up to the summit. we ended up on the west side of massive in the northern most bowl. we could see the ridge and did not want to backtrack, so we scrambled up tons of loose rock and boulders for about 2 miles. it hurt, but felt great.
Posted Sep 18, 2002 9:41 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Mount Massive Trailhead - East Slopes Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

A long hike to the top. The final ridge to the summit over a few false summits was fun. Got chased off the summit by some black clouds rolling in.

Get an early start on this one.
Posted Sep 14, 2002 11:24 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail/East Slopes Date Climbed: 9/6/02  Sucess!

Bryan W

A nice long hike to the top. A massive undertaking. My second 14er! Followed the trail to the saddle between Massvie and South Massive. After that, the trail is sometimes hard to find as you scramble and bolder hop to the summit. There are a few small false summits after the saddle. Keep going and you will get there quicker than you think. No summit register however!!! We decided to just go right down the southeast face instead of going back to the saddle. Not too difficult of a descent. It was obvious that many people do this.
Posted Sep 10, 2002 1:53 pm

hasueRoute Climbed: west couloir Date Climbed: 8/5/02  Sucess!


Wonderful trail into the heart of the wilderness, camped in a glacial ampitheatre at 13,000 ft. Next morning was a steep scramble up a couloir that took us right to the very top! Tons of fun and a confidence builder!
Posted Aug 8, 2002 3:31 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: East Slopes from Mt Massive TH Date Climbed: july 15, 2002  Sucess!


A fun climb. First half was pretty tame and flat ... then some uphill and a bit of route finding over the rocks at the end. Overall a very fun climb.
Posted Jul 22, 2002 7:21 pm

WildtrailRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!
I did Elbert (2nd time), Massive (2nd time), Holy Cross in four days. What a trip!
Posted Jun 28, 2002 3:10 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Colorado Main Range Trail (Halfmoon Trailhead) Date Climbed: August 13, 1994  Sucess!


My son Patrick and I climbed today along with his dog Casey. We didn't take enough water and regretted it. It's an easy climb but it's sure long. Patrick got a ticket at the summit for not having Casey on a leash. The Game Warden was waiting at the summit writing tickets left and right. $50 fine. We were tired when we reached the PU. Casey was so tired we had to lift her into the PU. She weighed about 75 pounds.
Posted Jun 24, 2002 11:10 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive trial Date Climbed: November 2, 2001  Sucess!
Had an itch for one more 14er since my excursion to Long's Peak in September was cancelled to snow. Went on a Friday with a friend. Slept in our cars and it was freezing when we got up. We had sunshine and blue sky all day. Real beautiful trail but a long one. Snow on the ground and sometimes knee deep but never enough to pull out the snowhoes. Someone had gone up the day before and left some nice steps in the snow at the top. I would like to thank him/her. Only saw 2 other hikers as we were coming down
Posted Jun 5, 2002 12:34 pm

coloradoclimberRoute Climbed: 9.4 EC West Slopes Date Climbed: 7-10-98  Sucess!


awesome backpacking in the upper halfmoon lake area!
Posted May 28, 2002 4:46 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Northeast slopes Date Climbed: Aug 16 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

First summit of Nolan's 14, less than 3 hours from Fish Hatchery but already most of the other runners are ahead of me. Down the west scree slopes an on to Elbert.
Posted May 17, 2002 4:31 pm

jeffnRoute Climbed: Main Range TH Date Climbed: August 98  Sucess!
Much longer going down than up.
Posted Apr 3, 2002 7:32 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!


Hiked up Massive the day after Elbert. After all the crowds on Elbert, it was weird to have the whole mountain to myself. Never saw anyone the whole day. A massive T-storm kept me from lingering on the summit. I raced it back down, and it struck while I was at about 12,500 feet, so I guess I beat it. This mountain is called Massive for a reason, if I'm ever in CO in the winter, I know what ski-traverse I plan on trying.
Posted Apr 3, 2002 7:28 am

steve simmonsRoute Climbed: from the east Date Climbed: august 16th, '01  Sucess!

steve simmons

morning summit, 9:00, good conditions, chilly and windy
Posted Jan 3, 2002 4:19 pm

naderRoute Climbed: Colorado/Main Range Trailhead Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!


Long Hike, Bad Knee, Great Time
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:17 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Halfmoon Date Climbed: Aug. 2000  Sucess!


Climbed this one w/my two buddies who bickered all day about who was the best at EVERYTHING.... Best part was they got into a shouting match at the bottom, made for a fun ride home! HA! Talk about your long days..
Posted Nov 28, 2001 11:55 am

xskier77Route Climbed: Halfmoon Trailhead Date Climbed: November 11, 2001  Sucess!


Left Aurora at around 5:30am and began hiking at 7:45am. Should've gotten an earlier start for this time of the year. A little more than half way up I ran into some untracked snow that was pretty deep in places and this slowed me down quite a bit. Took me about 6 hours to make it to the summit and another 4 to get back to the car. Definately going to buy some gaiters for my next snowy hike. This was the most difficult 14er I've climbed so far mostly due to the amount of snow I encountered. Not a very technical climb just long. This was the first 14er for my dog Chelsea. She and I were the only ones on the summit except one other guy this particular day.
Posted Nov 13, 2001 12:29 am

Marmot MurmerRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail Date Climbed: August 18, 2001  Sucess!
Delayed because of the Leadville Trail 100 (running), we didn't hit the trailhead until 10 a.m. We were concerned about the late start, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky. We summited at 3 p.m. very much exhuasted. The view made me forget about how tired I was..absolutely amazing!!! If you hike this mountain, don't get discouraged at treeline when you see how far you have to go...it goes quickly!

The clouds started to form around 4 p.m. out of nowhere and, luckily, we were only sprinkled on the last hour of the hike back to the trailhead. You don't realize what a long hike it is until the way down! This hike is highly recommended!
Posted Sep 24, 2001 2:31 pm

mconnellRoute Climbed: East side Date Climbed: January 1981
This was the second time I had been on a mountain on cross country skis. First time was 2 nights before. Coming down was hell since I had no idea how to turn: Go fast, fall, repeat. It was a REALLY long day.

Posted Sep 14, 2001 12:42 pm

SwenGollyRoute Climbed: Mt. Massive Trail Date Climbed: 8-31-01  Sucess!
A day after climbing Bierstadt, this flatlander Hoosier and Colorado College student son were thrilled by the solitude of Massive. We took two leisurely days, camping just below treeline. An early start the next day yielded one of the most beautiful sunrises you'll ever see, but it was snowing pretty good by the time we reached the top, resulting in summit photos awash in white. This was 14er No. 3. If my son goes on the 50-year plan to get through college, I might get 'em all.
Posted Sep 3, 2001 8:24 pm

mwalker2Route Climbed: Mt Massive Trail Date Climbed: 9/1/01  Sucess!


Another solo hike - mixed weather and a nasty hailstorm to top it off. I was alone at the top - a brief pause in the crowd of hikers that day.
Posted Sep 3, 2001 6:01 pm

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