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ClearSkiesAheadTour De Massive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005

ClearSkiesAhead

Hit every peak on the mountain. Fantastic climb!
Posted Apr 27, 2006 9:21 pm

apierceRoute: don't remember  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2002

apierce

My first fourteener. Having no reference point for this altitude, I thought I might die. Then I fell in love at the summit.
Posted Apr 7, 2006 5:10 am

vanhorneFrom massive trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2002

vanhorne

Barly anyone on the trail that day
Posted Mar 22, 2006 2:17 am

Matt ToensingMatt Toensing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2005

Matt Toensing

Kick ass
Posted Mar 5, 2006 5:03 pm

markhyamsE Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 1996

markhyams

Great fun, and a dusting of snow to boot.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 8:02 pm

calvin379Utterly Exhausted  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2004

calvin379

Made it to the campground across from N Mt. Elbert Trailhead early the day before and spend a relaxing day reading and exploring my surroundings. I car-camped that night, and right after sundown, I began to hear little noises all around me. I had no idea what made them, and I imagined my car being ransacked by a rogue bear. I then saw a small, furry object dart across my windshield. I heard the mice everywhere, on the hood of my car, in the engine, and possibly in my trunk. This continued for the remainder of the night, and by around 4 AM, I had earned only about an hour of solid sleep. Frustrated, I drove to the trailhead, where I slept for about 30 minutes before my car was again besieged by rodentia. At the first disturbance, I decided to begin my hike.
The sun was just beginning to rise as I climbed above treeline. I got a feel for how absoluty HUGE Mt. Massive is. The summit ridge seemed to stretch forever. The mountain was nearly as deserted as the campsite had been; I saw only one group of two hikers the entire time. I meandered through a few hundred yards of talus and large boulders to summit under very windy conditions. I ate lunch one the summit.
It had been my plan to bag as many of Massive's summits as I could that day, but due to a nearly nonexistant night's sleep, I was too exhausted to get more than the main summit.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 1:59 am

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: Colorado Main Range Trail (I think, it didn't exist then) Date Climbed: August 1968  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

Came back a few years ago and hiked up one of the routes on the west slopes.
Posted Feb 9, 2006 11:42 pm

KieferRoute Climbed: Colorado trail Date Climbed: July 2005 +++  Sucess!

Kiefer

Actually summited this mountain three times. Recently, this past July with a friend who sadly, didn't mke it.

Not, in my opinion a very interesting mountain. But it's close, easy and fairly quick.

I took the east slope down, ran is more like it. That was fun. Good practice on the rocks.
Posted Jan 21, 2006 11:40 am

barrattRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: 8/7/05  Sucess!

barratt

Camped at Willow Creek crossing, then summited next day. Easy hike from camp. 14er #16
Posted Jan 19, 2006 9:02 pm

chicagotransplantRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: July 23, 2005  Sucess!

chicagotransplant

Tagged "South Massive" too
Posted Jan 9, 2006 8:00 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: Colorado Trail Date Climbed: August 8, 2001  Sucess!

1mvertical

Very good trail, and straightforward route. Took about 7 hours round trip, and GPS measured about 13 miles. Make sure your boots fit well.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 4:53 pm

colintRoute Climbed: Colorado Trail Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

colint

REU Nerdcamp 2002!

I saw this mountain from Elbert last summer. I would really like to have a picnic on its upper slopes someday. Just three years ago climbing it made me breathless, and I jogged up Elbert last summer. Mountains make you strong.
Posted Dec 31, 2005 12:08 am

Alex HikerRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 15, 2005  Sucess!
It was long but rewarding hike through South Massive to Massive. Beautiful views of the Mt. Elbert, Twin Lakes, and Tenmile-Mosquito Range!
Posted Dec 21, 2005 5:49 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: Tour De Massive (Partial) Date Climbed: June 11, 2005  Sucess!

jrf

We went up from North Halfmoon to the summit of North Massive. We had to kick steps to reach the ridge below North Massive. We then travesed back towards Massive Green and then Massive before heading back to the trailhead. The whole adventure took about 7 hours. A very nice way to see that this mountain really is 'massive'.



A really tough hike but very rewarding.
Posted Dec 15, 2005 12:30 am

vayporzRoute Climbed: Colorado Main Range Trail Date Climbed: June 22, 2005  Sucess!

vayporz

Started Early and just beat the weather up. Had to glissade to beat the weather down.... :(
Posted Nov 18, 2005 12:28 am

chef007Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Nov 1 2005  Sucess!

chef007

Great day!! There was almost no wind and there was hardly a cloud in sight. The only down side was that there was no trail breaking off of the Colorado trail. Very detemined I still proceded on and made my own trail. The snow was deep in places and made progress slow, however I still made the summit at 2:00. Overall I think it was a nice B-day hike.
Posted Nov 15, 2005 12:58 am

mconnellRoute Climbed: SW Slopes Date Climbed: 2 Nov 2005  Sucess!
Great climb w/ jclements. A tad bit "breezy"!
Posted Nov 5, 2005 2:09 am

whatisisRoute Climbed: SW Slope Date Climbed: July 17, 2005  Sucess!

whatisis

We missed the turnoff and went clear to Half Moon Creek, then backtracked and went up. The trail up is awesome. I proposed to my now-wife at the top.
Posted Nov 4, 2005 5:35 pm

jclementsRoute Climbed: SW Slopes from N. Halfmoon Trail Date Climbed: 02NOV2005  Sucess!

jclements

Climbed with Mark Connell. Snow on the trail in places led us to bushwack. We found the climber's trail but lost it again while still in bushwack mode. Climbed more directly up the western (left hand) buttress of the gully, traversing crusty snow and a few Class 3 moves. Reached the first false summit, then Massive Green, and then finally the peak. Deeper, drier snow up high and wind, hard spindrift. Had to don goggles on the return traverse. Postholed across the ridge, but had to traverse some Class 3 bumps. Signed register. Beautiful mostly sunny day. Great views of the Divide. Got my eye on Oklahoma and Deer now. Tried some glissading down the gully but the snow was thinly crusted and soft. Found the climber's trail on the way back and stayed with it. The upper meadows in the basin were free of snow, and it was a warm day down there. In at 0615 and out at 1515.

Saw a snowshoe hare, grayjays, mountain goats on the slopes below South Massive. Ton of Elk, bulls even in the pastures and roads down near Leadville.

An interesting note: We saw something floating down into the gully while we were just ascending above treeline, it looked like a small parachute. It may have been a bird but it didn't flap or wave around or deviate from the apparent drift of wind. It looked to be white and red. It didn't flutter around like garbage, but made a straight diagonal descent, heading South East, as if it came from North massive, landing in the slopes under South Massive. Didn't see anything on descent.

Mark took pictures, will try to add here or to my profile later.
Posted Nov 3, 2005 12:30 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: north ridge Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2005  Sucess!

shknbke

Did the tour de Massive as we started at N. Halfmoon TH and did the traverse from N. Massive to "Massive Green" to Massive to S. Massive. This is an enjoyable route as the saddle drops are no more than about 500' or so. Interesting scrambling between N. Massive and Massive Green amidst huge boulders.
Posted Oct 9, 2005 4:44 pm

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