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Big Skies 808Skywalker to the Ridge Traverse, Stellar  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2006

Big Skies 808

Soloed Skywalker in beautiful weather. Princess Leia was one of the most fun things I have ever done. A little slushy at the top made things interesting. Linked up to the ridge traverse to North for a fantastic day. My first couloir climb, and I'm addicted!
Posted Apr 26, 2006 10:29 pm

Mountain JimNorth Arapaho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 1971

Mountain Jim

Skywalker Couloir. Total ascents = 3.
Posted Apr 6, 2006 1:54 am

Mountain JimSouth Arapaho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1966

Mountain Jim

Total ascents = 2.
Posted Apr 6, 2006 1:52 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: 4th of July TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

So nice I had to do it twice...this time with two girlfriends, and with substantial amounts of early season snow! Nothing too tricky though. Too much snow/not enough time for ridge runnning again! (I'll get over to N. Arapaho someday! I've heard the ridge is very fun...but I've been wanting to do a couloir from the glacier...hmmm)
Posted Feb 27, 2006 5:09 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: 4th of July TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

Took my buddy Chad (not my husband, guess I have a thing for Chads) up his first big CO mtn. IMHO, this is the most beautiful area in the front range...We arrived too late for the traverse to North Arapaho.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 5:06 am

peakrat76peakrat76  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 1996

peakrat76

North Arapaho in 96 via the ridge from South. Fun trip across with lots of exposure. Dodged lightning bolts on the return. Sleet. South peak climbed several times previous.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 7:15 pm

crzyjtRoute Climbed: South Arapahoe Southeast Ridge (South Peak only) Date Climbed: October 16, 2005  Sucess!

crzyjt

This was a nice fall climb. Quite a bit of snow from that big storm last week. Wasn't up for the traverse. Probly do it some time in the future or climb North Arap. from another route.
Posted Oct 16, 2005 5:07 pm

Mike McRoute Climbed: Arapaho Peaks Traverse Date Climbed: September 24, 2005  Sucess!

Mike Mc

The traverse is an awesome climb. It was not as difficult as I expected; the inclined slab was quite short and not terribly too steep. These cruxes made the climb much more enjoyable.
Posted Sep 24, 2005 5:32 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Skywalker Couloir Date Climbed: Sept. 5 2005  Sucess!

chef007

Did a lot of 5th class stuff to avoid the scree, the final third was a bit of a challange.
Posted Sep 7, 2005 4:15 pm

dunking_deutschmanRoute Climbed: Arapaho Glacier trail via 4th of July Mine Date Climbed: August 26, 2005  Sucess!

dunking_deutschman

After carefully studying weather forecasts, we started up the trail shortly after noon. The clouds were trying to build, but humidity was too low and we safely summitted a few hours later. This is surely a worthwhile hike with a fun talus scramble at the end. The ridge traverse looked scary--luckily we had insufficient time to traverse to North Arapaho. lol. Due to our late start, both mountains were completely deserted! I recommend this fun and scenic walkup!
Posted Aug 31, 2005 10:56 pm

ajdonnerRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 21 August, 2005  Sucess!

ajdonner

Weird summer day in the IPW-at least from what I have experienced. The weather actually got better as the day progressed. Got to the top of S Arapaho, the weather looked nasty quite a ways to the south and southwest and I decided to go for N Arapaho. Very straightforward (painted arrows and cairns whenever route finding was ), well travelled and fun scrambling! This would be a good introduction to this sort of thing... All in all a great way to spend the morning!
Posted Aug 21, 2005 8:57 pm

AsphazellRoute Climbed: Skywalker Couloir Date Climbed: June 11, 2005  Sucess!

Asphazell

What a great climb! This is my favorite snow couloir that I've climbed as of yet. Had 5 inches of new snow to boot, was like winter up there =)
Posted Jun 30, 2005 11:20 am

mtnsavyRoute Climbed: Skywalker Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!
Classic couloir climbing.
Posted Jun 21, 2005 2:48 am

jwproulxRoute Climbed: Skywalker Couloir / Arapaho Peaks Traverse Date Climbed: June 18, 2005  Sucess!

jwproulx

This was an amazing climb on a spectacular day. Lori, Jim, Andy, Sandeep, and all -- here are my photos:



http://hep-www.colorado.edu/~proulx/mypictures/arapahopeaks/



I'll get them organized and post some here soon.



There was some rockfall and icefall in the couloir - there's a cornice at the top invisible from below. Stay away from the debris trail and wear your helmet! The ridge was spectacular. I watched several natural wet slab avalanches down the east side, including one that started a few steps away from me. Careful out there.
Posted Jun 20, 2005 4:45 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge - South Arapaho Date Climbed: June 19, 2004  Sucess!

Chris

Extremely warm (hot even) day. Saw dozens and dozens of wet slides, even triggered a couple below Arapaho Saddle with only a baseball sized rock lobbed into the snow. Great hike, great company, great views...
Posted Jun 20, 2005 9:47 am

edlinsRoute Climbed: a west-side couloir on north and traverse to south Date Climbed: June 5th, 2005  Sucess!

edlins

went for north star, took next couloir south instead. scary snow, long day, fun traverse. 13 hours car to car.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 3:44 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: Arapahoe Peaks Traverse Date Climbed: December 1990  Sucess!

Steve Larson

During the run-up to the first Gulf War, and the dissolution of my relationship with the Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder, I decided to take a day off and walk up these two peaks, which are so striking from the plains outside Boulder. It's a beautiful hike, the third class ridge is fun. Too bad the Arapahoe Glacier is off-limits. It would make a good ski run.
Posted Nov 28, 2004 10:05 pm

colintRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May 2004  Sucess!

colint

Intense winds and blinding snows made for a fun climb, but kept me off the North Arapahoe traverse.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:54 pm

Aaron ReidRoute Climbed: Arapaho Peaks Traverse Date Climbed: 8/5/2004  Sucess!
Did the traverse today, what a great route. The crux slab is overrated in my opinion... I'm 5'6 and I pulled myself up with just my hands on the shelf and a tiny bit of traction from my hiking shoes. The slab is maybe 6 1/2 feet high on its right side. The crux for me was downclimbing the slabby face to avoid the 7 ft. notch right near the end of the route.
Posted Aug 6, 2004 12:20 am

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: Southeast ridge on South Arapahoe + traverse to North Arapahoe Date Climbed: August 5, 2004  Sucess!

georgbetsy

We had a great time hiking up South Arapahoe and traversing to North Arapahoe. We started at 7:15 and just made it back to the car before the thunderstorm started. I cannot believe how many people were just starting at the trailhead with dark clouds all over the place. No wonder so many people get hit by lightning each year.
Posted Aug 5, 2004 5:28 pm

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