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Nyle WaltonRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: October 14, 2001

Nyle Walton

Pikes Peak is an ideal mountain for a geezer 68 years old. I left my wife in bed with a bad cold at the motel in Colorado Springs and in a Lincoln Continental drove passed the unmanned toll gate early in the morning and loitered for more than an hour inside the restaurant half way up until a road crew gave me permission to continue toward the top. Twenty minutes later I pulled into the summit parking lot and teetered around dizzily gasping for breath for over an hour as more motorists made it to the summit. I triumphantly posed for a picture in front of the restaurant next to the sign announcing Pikes Peak and its altitude above sea level before undertaking the arduous descent that numbed my forearms holding fast to the steering wheel. Upon my return to the motel, the only comment my wife had about my triumph was "what kept you?"

I can't imagine why one would want to hike or run to the top of Pikes Peak when one can get up there in the sedentary comfort of a luxury car. It's not that I am lazy. In my youth I scaled a number of famous peaks. However I always chose the easiest way up. For example at age 21 with the help of a guide I climbed the Matterhorn via the Hornli Ridge. Earlier I had climbed the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier, both with guides. On the Mexican volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Orizaba I did not need a guide. In 1959 I roped up Mont Blanc from the Refuge de Gouter between two German luftwaffe officers. In the Andes I climbed Huayna Potosi, Vallunaraju, and Huascaran with experienced climbers. However in old age with heart problems I must get my mountaineering buzz behind the wheel of a luxury car or leasurely browse the photographs in Summitpost.
Posted Nov 24, 2004 11:57 am

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Barr Trail from Manitou Springs Date Climbed: September 26, 2004  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

Hiked up the Barr Trail from Manitou Springs on a partly cloudy day. Having moved to Colorado Springs earlier in the year this was the third time I'd summited the great peak that is visible from my master bedroom. What a view every morning!
Posted Oct 31, 2004 9:43 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Pikes Peak Ascent from downtown Manitou Springs Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

Did the Pikes Peak Ascent for the first time. Crazy! It was like a cattle drive to the summit. Definitely one of the tougher things I've ever done. I only managed to run the first 2 miles and the middle 3.



13.32 miles, 7,815 vertical feet. It hurts just to see those numbers....
Posted Oct 24, 2004 12:32 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: Crags Date Climbed: December 29, 2002  Sucess!

Natasha

What a great hike! Packed trail and little snow negated the need for snowshoes or crampons. Overcast for the lower elevations, but at ~12,000 ft we popped out over the clouds and had sunshine the remainder of the hike. VERY, VERY, cold though with high winds. Was very thankful for my balaclava and goggles. Kind of eerie at the top with the gift shop shutdown and not a soul to be found...I'm so used to 100's of tourists milling about with donuts and cigarettes in hand. :)
Posted Oct 14, 2004 2:52 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: June 3, 2000  Sucess!

mr_g

My first time climbing this mountain from Crags Campground took 4.5 hours to the summit. We met family at the summit and got a ride down, but estimated about 2 hours to get back to the trailhead.

The route was a bit murky at first after crossing the stream, but once we got onto the old mining road, the route was apparent. My last time on this route there were better signs pointing the way, and there were alot more people on this route versus the standard Barr Trail route.

Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:03 am

mr_gRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: July 14, 2001  Sucess!

mr_g

Started from Crags Campground, and ascended to the summit in about 6 hours. Lots of kids on this route - some who did not know where the summit was. Clouds moved in later in the day even though there were still climbers enroute.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 8:51 am

neodayRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: June or July 1998 or 1999  Sucess!

neoday

Good hike- really long. We had a van waiting for us at the summit. So it was just a one way trip. A guy in the group brought a 5000 ci pack and ended up having the female leader carry it (along with two other packs) to the summit.

started off with beautiful weather and ended up with a few hikers near hipothermic. Wind, sleet and snow the last 750 vert. feet.
Posted Sep 30, 2004 2:53 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: September 26, 2004  Sucess!

xskier77

Hiked to the Barr camp on Saturday September 25, 2004 and spent the night at the camp. The hike was very easy and the trail was as good as any I've hiked. Sunday September 26, 2004 my Dad and I were on the trail at 5:45am and made the summit in 4.5 hours with a long break along the way. After spending an hour on the summit and eating a doughnut in the cafeteria we started on our way down. 2.5 hours to the Barr camp and then another 2 hours to the car. This was my 53rd 14er summit which now just leaves Culebra.
Posted Sep 27, 2004 11:20 pm

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: Drive up Date Climbed: 8-13-04  Sucess!

pusdkq6ee

It was cold and windy, but the sky was so clear: no rain, no thunderstorm; blue sky. I stayed there for couple hours. Saw people getting out from the tram, took some nice pictures.
Posted Aug 20, 2004 3:35 pm

ashumackRoute Climbed: Crags Date Climbed: August 8, 2004  Sucess!

ashumack

We started at 4 AM, and we got to watch the sunrise from Devil's Playground. Absolutely stunning views! This was my first 14er, and I'm looking forward to many more.
Posted Aug 9, 2004 12:50 pm

Tbacon251Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!

Tbacon251

I started out at 6:00 am towards the Barr Camp. After recahing the Barr Camp, we camped in bivy's to get use to the altitude. In the moring we hiked to the shelter (base camp) and ditched our heavy items. After hiding out stuff, we hiked the rest of the way to the top. After an hour break at the top, we hiked back down and stayed the night at the shelter. In the moring we hiked out. WOW!!!! This is a great climb!!!!
Posted Jul 26, 2004 1:59 am

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Toll Road Date Climbed: About 1967  Sucess!

RobertCharlesAltman

We drove up that road there in about 1967. A tour service brought us up and I'll never forget getting up there in that ol' black 60s car. Plus, I recall seeing the white Pikes Peak from the distance. I was only about 3 years old.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 12:15 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: West Fork Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

mmoerk

Beautiful day along a great route. This was my 3rd summit of Pikes via my 3rd route. Had to hurry to avoid sudden thunderstorms on the way down.
Posted Jun 8, 2004 4:08 am

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes (Crags) Date Climbed: May 23, 2004  Sucess!

shanrickv

Great day to go to the top, despite late start. Route finding was a little difficult with all the snow that is still up there. Had a bacon cheeseburger and fries at the summit restaurant that were not half bad! Great company on the way down with Jim and Tim.
Posted May 23, 2004 9:36 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: crags (W) Date Climbed: aug 02  Sucess!

DaveC

my final 14er for the grand slam, actually 55th at the time. uneventful, but satisfying.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:17 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

sbkelley

The Barr Trail, albeit busy, was a wonderful hike. We backpacked up to Barr Camp the first day and day hiked up the next. Great hike...the top is a little anti-climatic as you have to find the summit in the middle of a parking lot, but that's the way it goes.
Posted May 12, 2004 3:02 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: 8 May 2004  Sucess!

bc44caesar

Climbed solo, one-day from Barr Trailhead. Reached Barr Camp after 2hrs 20min...summit after 7hrs 15min. I was fifth to summit that day and followed everyone else's route straight up the East Face which was soft and fairly deep. Strangely, nobody else was using snowshoes.
Posted May 9, 2004 11:31 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

Larry V

My second time to summit (on foot), first time to descend on foot. I recommend this route over the Barr Trail, by far. Driving up the road is enjoyable too, if you're not into hiking.
Posted Apr 18, 2004 4:16 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: December 14, 2002  Sucess!

RyanS

We hiked on bare ground for much of this hike, which was a surprise to me at the time. I didn't know Pikes gets so little snow. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 12:32 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

The trip was worth the look on the faces of the geriatrics crew piling off of the train with ice hanging from the beard and an axe in hand!!! The Care takers at the camp were all over the dognuts that we took back from the summit!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 3:38 pm

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