Mount Sopris Climber's Log
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Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014
|Posted Jul 14, 2014 5:23 pm|
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014
|June 28-29 2014|
After rafting Roaring Fork, Kessler and I set off for Mount Sopris. We started early evening and hiked up to Thomas Lakes. It was a popular place! It was a rough night as well. Kessler threw up a few times (probably the results of Chinese food in Basalt) and I didn't sleep at all due to allergies. It was an unusually warm and windy night as well and the temperature never dropped below 49F (which is unusual for this altitude).
Because of the rough night, we rose rather late and were dragging a bit on our ascent. We still made steady progress to the East Summit of Mount Sopris. There were only a few snowfields to cross.
Once on the East Summit of Sopris, we ate lunch before traversing over to the West Summit. Once on the West Summit we returned to near the saddle between the two peaks and glissaded off the north face. It was a good glissade down to the basin below.
We then followed the drainage downwards and to another glissade. It was much steeper than I expected so we did the glissade in a permanent self arrest position. We could still stop by kicking in.
Once at the bottom of the next basin, we had to make our way back towards Thomas Lakes. We climbed partially on snow up to the saddle near Point 11425. The section without snow was really tedious.
We then crossed the rock glacier to the ridge above Thomas Lakes. The rock glacier was extremely slow going and we wished the route had been covered in snow. We then followed the ridge above Thomas Lakes until we could descend very steeply in the trees and down to another rock glacier, which was also a pain to cross in order to get to the lakes.
This descent route was really steep, strenuous, and tedious, even though the difficulty never exceeded class 3. It is not recommended unless covered in snow. On the plus side we got a really good view of the seldom-viewed-up-close north face of East Sopris, which is really spectacular.
After reaching the lakes, the final task was to follow the nice trail to the trailhead, but after our strenuous route, it seemed long even though it wasn't.
It was still a good climb, but next time we'll do it earlier season. The weather was perfect as well with no threat whatsoever of thunderstorms.
Incidentally, our camera died and we didn't get any photographs. This was a real shame since we could have gotten some really great photos.
I was working on a highway project near Carbondale that got shut down a day for bad weather. Despite the late start, I decided to attempt Sopris, or at least to attempt to get as close as possible.
The weather was pretty windy and cold, and with blowing snow, but it wasn't too hard to get up to Thompson Lakes. The route and conditions got tougher after this and in the fading daylight and poor visibility, I turned around at Point 12,453, 500 feet below the summit. It was dark before I descended to timberline.
|Posted Jun 30, 2014 7:12 pm|
|GrumpyJohn||Nice skiing |
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2014
|Skied the East bowl. Good times.|
|Posted Apr 21, 2014 12:17 am|
|EndlessPat||One Day |
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013
|I moved to Glenwood Springs and it's impossible to ignore this peak, I'm glad I got it done.|
|Posted Sep 17, 2013 6:07 pm|
|belexes||Thomas Lakes |
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013
|Climbed it with Marco. We camped in the parking lot among the mooing cows. I had pitched my tent nearby, but a herd of cattle came into the parking lot around sunset, so I decided to take down my tent and sleep under the stars next to the car. They were mooing as loud as they could, you could hear it echoing off the mountains. ~5AM start, and we were planning on just being satisfied with East Sopris only, but we made good time getting there, and the weather looked good, so we quickly tagged West Sopris, then took a short break back on East Sopris before heading down. It was a tough day, but it was worth it, and good prep for bigger climbs next weekend.|
|Posted Sep 9, 2013 4:37 pm|
|myrone||From Thomas Lakes TH |
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2012
|Started up at 6:44am reached Sopris East at 11:26 then over to Sopris West at 12:01pm back to the TH at 4:30. Windy but beautiful on this fine autumn day on this long admired mountain...... Sweet!|
|Posted Nov 3, 2012 8:58 am|
|ajberry||A fine mountain... |
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2007
|With Katie and Megan, both 10. Day trip via Thomas Lakes.|
|Posted Oct 27, 2012 5:32 pm|
|chicagotransplant||Thomas Lakes |
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011
|Climbed both summits via the trail from Thomas Lakes. Have admired this peak for years, it was nice to finally stand upon its summit and admire the view!|
|Posted Oct 16, 2011 5:09 pm|
|Kristin5berry||From the lakes |
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2011
|With my friends dog Cooper,who enjoyed the swimming|
|Posted Sep 19, 2011 6:18 pm|
|REM||From Thomas Lakes |
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007
|One of the few mountains I know my Mother to have climbed.|
|Posted Jun 25, 2011 8:11 pm|
|JohnnyCO||Great 4th |
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010
|Climbed Sopris on the 4th of July. What a great time. July 3rd at the lakes, where are rowdy neighbors made it a fun evening. Only summitted the eastern summit... we'll be back for the other.|
|Posted Feb 8, 2011 7:30 pm|
|i have been up Sopris many times from a couple of routes, summer and winter. Has to be one of Colorado's best 12ers|
|Posted Jan 24, 2011 10:37 am|
|Vagabond Manifesto||Thomas Lakes |
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2010
|Both summits. Bluebird day for a while.|
|Posted Aug 16, 2010 3:38 pm|
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2010
|5:10 RT. Fun solo hike.|
|Posted Jul 15, 2010 10:54 am|
|BLong||Spring Ski |
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2010
|I have been on Sopris a couple times. Got to summit and ski the peak this spring. We skinned up the main bowl off to the looker's left of the center summit. Great trip. Good skiing conditions. Unsupportive snow on the way out made for a difficult exit.|
|Posted Apr 21, 2010 12:32 am|
|Epica||Every year on June 23rd |
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 1999
|Four years in a row I climbed this mountain on the anniversary of my husband's death. He was killed by a drunk driver in 1997. I later started exploring other mountains.|
|Posted Sep 21, 2009 11:33 pm|
|colinpence||awesome views... tremendous winds |
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2005
|I went with my usual IU hiking companions. We almost turned around in the middle of the hike because it was so windy and cold. Luckily Dennis had some fantastic cookies that he shared with us, and we managed to get a little more inspiration to keep going. It's a good thing we summited, because it was perfectly clear, and this mountain had great views at the top.|
|Posted Sep 18, 2009 9:19 pm|
|edevart||kinda brutal really |
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009
|Steep walkup. Loved it.|
|Posted Aug 10, 2009 12:36 am|
|JoeyBagoDonuts||One of my Favorites |
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2009
|Standard route from TH. A formidable 12er. Both summits. Couldn't have wished for a better day. Kinda creepy that there is cell phone reception at the top. I will always love this mountain and it will forever be one of my favorites!|
|Posted Jul 27, 2009 4:00 pm|
|Panthera uncia||6000+ feet! |
Date Climbed: May 14, 2009
|Bushwhacked up from the Crystal River (~6600’) to the west bowl and then cramponed up dust covered snow to the west summit. It was an awesome experience on a wild mountain!|
|Posted Jun 5, 2009 11:58 am|