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Steven CrossShrine with Wingle Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2015

Steven Cross

Hiked this before work. The summit of Wingle Ridge had better views than Shrine. Fantastic area.
Posted Jul 19, 2015 12:49 am

rkymtnShrine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2013


A really nice morning hike with Peakbug. The flowers were great, as were the views. We even saw a moose on I-70 while driving in. We headed to Wingle afterwards.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:26 pm

Peakbug#41 Shrine Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2013


Wanted to check out the wildflowers with rkymtn, so we headed out before the crowds and enjoyed an easy hike and solitude at the summit. Lots of marmots at the top...and the flowers were awesome.
Posted Aug 11, 2013 7:53 pm

jimeganShrine Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2011


hiked 9/8/11
Posted May 17, 2013 9:00 am

chicagotransplantEarly Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008


Climbed Shrine and Wingle after an early season snow the night before dusted the ridge in an inch or two of summer snow!
Posted May 9, 2013 12:41 pm

ShayleeShrine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2012


November 22 2014

December 1 2012
Posted May 2, 2013 12:43 pm

KesslerShrine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2012


April 11 2015

December 1 2012

April 27 2014
Posted May 2, 2013 12:38 pm

KieferVia Vail Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2010


Been up Shrine a few times. Good short trail running destination with stellar views of the Gores & Copper Mountain, well, Jacque Peak anyway.

Some decent 4x4 roads in the area too.
Posted May 2, 2013 9:34 am

ScottShrine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2009


March 10-11 2017

March 11

Beginning at 7:45 PM, the kids, Kim, and I showshoed under a full moon for three miles to the Jay's Hut above Vail Pass. The conditions were gorgeous and the moon was so bright that headlamps weren't needed.

March 12

Three of us slept in the hut, but Kessler slept outside. It began to snow in the morning, so I went outside of the hut to wake Kessler up to come inside! In the morning, I was the only one who wanted to climb something, so I headed up the Wingle Ridge and Shrine Mountain. It was a beautiful day and views were great!

April 10-11 2015

April 10

Last minute, we bought someone's spot in Chuck's Cabin near Shrine Mountain. Kessler and I hiked up to Chucks Cabin in the dark before retiring. It was a pleasant walk by headlamp.

April 11

Kessler and I decided to climb the Wingle Ridge and Shrine Mountain since the steep slopes and cornices on the east side of the peaks are a good place to practice snow climbing.

We left fairly early in the morning and the snow was rock hard. We climbed Shrine Mountain with no difficulty and glissaded off the east face, which wasn't that easy with hard snow.

Unfortunately, I ripped my new down sweater on the hard snow. We decided to head back and forgo climbing on the Wingle Ridge.

November 21-22 2014

November 21

Shaylee and I snowshoed up to Jays Cabin Friday evening. We started at 4:45 PM and walked in the fading daylight before having to pull out the headlamps at Shrine Pass, but it was only a short snowshoe in the dark.

November 22

In the morning, Shaylee and I set off to climb Shrine Mountain. It was 7F (-14C), but even on the mountain there was only a slight breeze. We had to break trail for the last 1/3 of the climb, but it was a good day and the views were beautiful.

After enjoying the nice views from the summit, we headed back down.

April 26-27 2014

April 26

Kessler and I were thinking of climbing a 14er, but the weather forecast wasn't looking good. Kessler still wanted to practice with the ice axe somewhere, so we made a last minute reservation for Walters Cabin. We didn't leave the Vail Pass trailhead until 9 PM! Because it was late, we snowshoed quickly and reached the cabin at 10 PM.

April 27

In order to practice with the ice axe, we climbed the east face of Shrine Mountain directly. It was a good route for practicing with the ice axe. We were going to head directly for the Wingle Ridge, but sicne hte snow conditions were good, instead we glissaded down the steep east face before contouring around and climbing to the pass between Shrine Mountain and Wingle Ridge.

November 30-December 1 2012

November 30

On November 30, Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I hiked up in the dark to 11,209' and spent the night in Chuck's Cabin.

December 1

On December 1, after spending the night in Chuck's Cabin, Kessler, Shaylee, and I decided to climb Shrine Mountain and the Wingle Ridge. Kim stayed behind in the cabin and read while the kids and I climbed the mountain. There wasn't near as much snow as there is normally this time of year and it didn't feel like December. It was 28F on top with only a light breeze and by December standards at nearly 12,000 feet, it was a really warm day. We had some nice views of Mount of the Holy Cross too.

It was also Shaylee's 200th mountain and was a beautiful day!

February 20-21 2009

February 20

Four year old Shaylee, six year old Kessler, Kim and I decided it was time for another winter getaway and since Walters Cabin near Shrine Pass (one of the 10th Mountain Division Hut) was free Friday night and since the kids were out of school Friday, we made a reservation. With the kids we decided to cheat again and use a hut instead of camp.

We left Vail Pass at 12:30 PM and headed towards Shrine Pass in snowshoes. Unfortunately it was cloudy and very windy with a windchill of 0F to -5F. It was much colder than our hut trip in January. The kids were bundled up well, but neither really liked the strong winds and we bribed them with candy and suckers into not stopping for many breaks since it was cold. We more or less went straight to the cabin with only a few short breaks, making the three miles on snowshoes in 2 hours 30 minutes. The cabin (11,223 feet elevation) was a welcome site after being outside in the cold.

February 21

It snowed four inches the night of the 20-21st, but quickly became calm and clear throughout the night. This allowed the temperature to drop and we woke up to a sunny but chilly -11F. The original plan was for Kessler and I to climb Shrine Mountain and Peak 11,977, but he was having a good time playing with his sister in the cabin and they decided to stay behind and play.

I set off for the Shrine Mountain Ridge alone. Breaking trail was harder and slower than I thought it would be since there wasn’t a trail broken after the little snowstorm and I couldn’t see the old tracks. It took over an hour and a half just to reach the saddle between Shrine Mountain and Point 11,931. Since the sun was shining brightly and with little wind, it warmed up very fast and I worked up a good sweat climbing to the saddle (I actually initially reached the ridge north of and above the saddle). After climbing Shrine Mountain, it looked like a fairly long way to Peak 11,977, so I didn’t take much time to dilly-dally. I climbed over the top of Point 11,931 and then followed the windblown ridgeline to Peak 11,977. The sky was perfectly blue and with great views with the Sawatch Range, including Elbert, Massive and especially Holy Cross; the Gore Range; the Tenmile Range and a number of other nice peaks as well. I shot dozens of photos before heading back down to Walters Cabin reaching it just in time for lunch.

After lunch we tidied up the cabin and headed back down to Shrine Pass and then back down the mountain to Vail Pass. It was a nice and sunny day and not nearly as cold as the day before (with only occasional breezes) so Kessler and Shaylee enjoyed talking to anyone they met along the way. We got several fantastic photos and a good time reaching Vail Pass after two hours from the cabin. It was a good trip.
Posted May 1, 2013 8:14 pm

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