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Seven on Massive

 
Seven on Massive

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Seven on Massive

Date Climbed/Hiked: Dec 5, 2009

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall, Winter

 

Page By: metal4lyf

Created/Edited: Dec 6, 2009 / Dec 6, 2009

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Rendezvous

Jeff and I decided late in the week to join a gathering of 14ers.com members to hike Mount Massive via the Southwest Slopes route. Driving from Denver, we missed the rendezvous in Leadville but met instead at the trailhead. There were seven of us: Jeff, Mike, Britt, Eric, Wes, Steve, and myself. And Cooper the Mountaineering Dog.

Good weather

Temperature at the trailhead was around 10F, 15 degrees warmer than expected. We started at dawn. Below timberline, the trail meanders through the forest. Here there was a thin layer of sugary powder; while some folks left their snowshoes in their vehicles, I brought mine but hardly needed them. As we emerged from treeline, the morning sun offered incredible views of the surrounding peaks.

 
Moonset
unknown rock at moonset
 
Alpine Morning
another view
 
Mountainside
looking towards the southwest slopes route
 
On the Trail
emerging from timberline

Beautiful day

At this point the trail steepens considerably (although we opted to climb more steeply where there was snow cover)--our route gained 3,200' in 1.5 miles. Most of our ascent we bathed in sunshine and gorged on the stunning alpine vistas. Wind was minimal. The snow higher up was reasonably well-consolidated and this we navigated easily.

 
Alpine Morning No. 2
incredible views
 
Alpine Morning No. 3
 
 
Mountainside No. 2
 
 
The Gang
taking a rest
 
Mountainside No. 3
nice day for a hike!
 
Mount Elbert
Mount Elbert
 
Alpine Panorama
alpine panorama
 
Scree
tackling some loose rock
 
Alpine Morning No. 4
more views
 
Winter Peaks
 
 
South Massive
South Massive

The summit

I had not researched this route beforehand, so around 11:30 I was pleasantly surprised to reach a nice class-2/3 ridge leading to the summit. An hour later the whole group, including Cooper the Mountaineering Dog, stood jubilantly on the peak. Here the winds picked up and the skies began to gray. We took some photos and started back down.

 
Summit Ridge No. 1
the summit ridge
 
Summit Ridge No. 2
the summit is the far left hump in this photo
 
Buttress
obstacle
 
Valley
a view east from the ridge
 
Looking Back on the Summit Ridge
looking back on the ridge
 
Almost-there Celebration
Jeff celebrating.. or threatening?
 
Final Push
the party nears the summit
 
Summit Party
(L-R) Britt, Mike, Jeff, Wes, Eric (standing), Steve

Rapid descent

There were many steep, well-packed snowfields which offered excellent glissading opportunities, and this was the primary means of descent for most of the group. A few hours later all of us had arrived back at the trailhead.

 
Glissading
glissading
 
Glissading: Detail
a closer look
 
Glissading Track
my route
 
Elbert Afternoon
view of Elbert on the descent
 
Alpine Descent
 
 
Icefall
neat ice formations near treeline

Details

Round-trip for the group was about 8 hours at 5 up and 3 down.

Jeff
Mike
Britt
Eric
Wes
Steve

Had a great time. Thanks guys!

 
GPS Track
 
 
Elevation Profile
 

Images


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