Mount Meeker Climber's Log
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|markhyams||Iron Gates |
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 1995
|Fun scramble along the knife ridge.|
|Posted Mar 3, 2006 5:07 pm|
|Snidely Whiplash||Route Climbed: Chasm Lake/Iron gates |
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 1974
|A very exciting traverse across the knife-edge. Climbed it twice. One time was an unsuccessful traverse attempt to go from Meeker, to Longs, and then to Pagoda. Unfortunately, got off route from Meeker to Longs. Look out for misleading cairns on the loft. You will be off-route if you follow them.|
|Posted Feb 23, 2006 4:44 pm|
|NanitaD||Route Climbed: The Loft Date Climbed: August 28, 1988|
|Mount Meeker is overshadowed by Longs Peak, but it should not be overlooked.|
|Posted Feb 10, 2006 12:16 am|
|wyomountaineer||Route Climbed: Loft 1995/Dreamweaver 2005 Date Climbed: September 1995, May 15, 2005|
|1995 Climbed Meeker via the Loft on the way up to Longs. Descended Keyhole.|
2005 Dreamweaver, descended Loft. Mediocre conditions. Very little ice, lots of snow and some short rock steps. We were very sad to read reports of good ice a week or two later. Descent was sketchy. Dislodged a basketball sized rock above the ledge that shattered the shaft of my partner's ice axe. Had he not done the wrong thing by looking up when I yelled rock allowing him to leap out of the way, it would have been his helmet in front of the rock. Also, the sun got very hot very quickly and ledge traverse on loft was very slushy slide prone snow. It didn't help that I was totally freaked about the rock.
|Posted Nov 8, 2005 4:49 pm|
|kpiljay||Route Climbed: Loft Route Date Climbed: September 1, 2005|
|Climbed this on the way to Long's. Perfect clear weather and we had the summit to ourselves.|
|Posted Oct 27, 2005 11:24 am|
|jennakate||Route Climbed: Loft Route Date Climbed: June 18, 2005|
|My first real experience with an ice axe and crampons!|
|Posted Sep 30, 2005 9:15 pm|
|millerw05||Route Climbed: Left Roue Date Climbed: July, 1985|
|Had perfect weather. Completed after doing Longs Peak.|
|Posted Sep 15, 2005 2:17 pm|
|smudge||Route Climbed: Iron Gates Date Climbed: September 13, 2005|
|Made it about 50 vertical feet from the east summit and my hiking poles started buzzing. Made a speedy descent in snowstorms...about a quarter inch fell by the time a got back to the top of the iron gates gully. Incredible route, but I want to cross that ridge!! Another day :(|
|Posted Sep 13, 2005 3:59 pm|
|Joe_Parvis||Route Climbed: Loft Date Climbed: September 5, 2005|
|Climbed Loft route with fellow SP'er richardmasoner on Labor Day 2005. Met Richard at 3:10 at Goblin's Forest, where he'd bivouaced, and summitted at 8:45am (after a frozen 5am-6am wait for dawn at Chasm patrol cabin). Route itself was straightforward, but climb was somewhat difficult because gusty winds and cooler temperatures sapped our strength quickly. Decided Layne Bracy's and rangers' interpretation of summit boulder was correct (see that trip report), and attained western high point but did not traverse to eastern boulder, because winds put us off-balance continuously once above the Loft. Original plan was to continue around to summit Longs and descend via Keyhole, but we abandoned this plan because of wind and fatigue, and descended via Loft.|
|Posted Sep 8, 2005 11:51 am|
|rleary||Route Climbed: Loft Date Climbed: August 20, 2005|
|Perfect weather, two other people on the summit. So much better than the summit of Longs!|
|Posted Aug 21, 2005 11:40 pm|
|ajonesTexas||Route Climbed: Meeker Ridge Date Climbed: July 22, 2005|
|3:00 am left Sandbeach Trailhead|
9:30 reached summit
3:00 pm finished
Great mountain, tiny summit, long day
|Posted Jul 24, 2005 1:09 am|
|richardmasoner||Route Climbed: Loft route Date Climbed: July 23, 2005|
|The weather and trail conditions were perfect.|
5:56 a.m. Started at Longs Peak TH
6:09 a.m. Passed Estes Cone junction
7:37 a.m. Chasm Lake trail junction
8:07 a.m. Left Chasm Lake trail
8:37 a.m. Walking along snowfield at base of Ships Prow
9:38 a.m. Reached the Ledge after climbing to the left of a snowfield. The Ledge is just below a near vertical cliff. Saw some climbers going up the Buttress.
10:09 a.m. Lunch break at 10,300 ft in the Loft talus field. A hummingbird flew around us checking us out.
10:28 a.m. Climbing east toward summit ridge, climbing on boundary between scree and boulders.
10:56 a.m. Reached summit register, which is a few tens of yards short of the real summit. Removed our packs to walk the ridge east toward the true summit.
11:13 a.m. The three of us boosted ourselves up to the true summit one at a time and took photos. Ships Prow looks tiny from here. Chasm Lake isn't visible from here. We can see people on Longs looking at us. Far below us to the north we see Sand Beach Lake.
11:39 a.m. Snowball fight on a snowfield at 13,700 feet.
1:14 p.m. 500 yard glissade down a snow field. Woo hoo!
1:33 p.m. Back on the Chasm trail.
2:24 p.m. Timberline.
3:30 p.m. Back to trailhead. Some light rain and lightning started 15 minutes back.
Mount Meeker trip report.
|Posted Jul 23, 2005 10:46 pm|
|mtnsavy||Route Climbed: The Loft and Dreamweaver Date Climbed: 2003 & 2004|
|Be sure to hit Dreamweaver in the right conditions. We didn't.|
|Posted Jun 21, 2005 2:47 am|
|jwclimbs||Route Climbed: Dreamweaver Date Climbed: May 28, 2005|
|Good to come back and get ths one - Very Nice!|
|Posted Jun 3, 2005 9:13 pm|
|coloradoiceclimber||Route Climbed: Up Dreamweaver & Down The Loft Date Climbed: 5/28/05|
|Weather and route conditions were perfect today! The route had (4) short sections of waterfall ice and the alpine ice was very well consolidated (a pair of ice tools each was key)! Jason & I left the TH at 3:20AM and were complete with the route at 9:20AM (the route itself took us just over 2 hours!). KEEP IN MIND THAT THE CONDITIONS ON THIS ROUTE CAN CHANGE FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT... See THIS photo of the route from 5/28/05!|
|Posted May 28, 2005 7:05 pm|
|coljayms||Route Climbed: Loft Route Date Climbed: September 3 2004|
|Made it to Chasm just in time to catch the full alpen glow on Long's Peak. Ascended the loft route on a cold and VERY windy day. I was almost blown off the rocks on my approach the summit. Glad to have made it to the top. One of the most memorable scrambles in RMNP.|
|Posted Feb 11, 2005 10:59 am|
|ColoradoScott||Route Climbed: Loft Route Date Climbed: September 6, 1999|
|I was unfortunate in finding that parking this holiday weekend was well below the Longs Peak TH, despite my starting time...hmmm. Regardless, I made excellent time reaching the Chasm Lake shelter and taking a break. I could now look up the couloir and ledges that I would soon ascend and be thankful that there was no early fall snow on the route. Being in RMNP, this route is clearly marked and obvious, unlike most 13ers. The tricky traverse to the east along the north face is an exciting place, but I was thrilled it was dry. |
Once on the flats of the Loft, the summit block of Longs is impressive! An easy stroll to the western true summit was made in solitude, as was the entire route up from Chasm Lake. There was a small party on the lower eastern summit, hopefully having reached the true summit, and I didn't encounter another climber on the route until back down in the north facing couloir. Although a long approach, this is a beautiful mountain and route, and worthy of all willing to bypass the crowds on Longs.
|Posted Feb 7, 2005 4:46 pm|
|Brad Snider||Route Climbed: Iron Gates Date Climbed: January 21, 2005|
|Quite a day! Some snow, plenty of exposure, and staggering winds made this an exciting (and scary) trip! I agree that summit ridge is a place to respect! On top of that, the day took a little longer than expected and I got off-trail (some would say lost) after dark in deep snow. I think I'll sleep now for two days. I'll post a trip report when I wake up.|
|Posted Jan 22, 2005 1:50 am|
|georgbetsy||Route Climbed: Meeker Ridge Date Climbed: October 2, 2004|
|Shane and I had a great day on Mount Meeker today. We climbed the whole Meeker Ridge, after bushwhacking our way from the Sandbeach Lake trail to the Saddle between Meeker Ridge and Lookout Mountain. The weather was great during the first 5 hours, and we made good progress at first. However, the "neverending" ridge took its toll on our legs and we slowed down significantly once we got above 12000 feet. We finally reached the summit and I went along Meeker Ridge to the main summit, which was an experience that I will post in a trip report. |
Overall, a great day. Exhausting but fun.
|Posted Oct 3, 2004 1:48 am|
|RyanS||Route Climbed: Iron Gates Date Climbed: August 7, 2004|
|We climbed the Iron Gates route, which leads to Meeker's northeast ridge. The knife-edge ridge from the summit of Meeker Ridge to Mount Meeker's summit was exhilerating! We continued on to successfully summit Longs and Pagoda. A trip report is available here.|
|Posted Aug 9, 2004 12:40 am|