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utclimberNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Awesome route with great exposure.
Posted Jan 13, 2008 11:57 pm

Joe_ParvisNorthwest Slopes Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2007


Hiked this while on a multi-day backpack in RMNP. Very happy to have tried this. I was nervous after reading the descriptions of the final few feet, and also from having seen the Spearhead from below. The final stretch is exposed, but not as bad as I expected. On the left the drop off is not quite so shear, and so I had the (false) comfort of stone ledges below. I didn't do this in style (crawled the catwalk and lay down to peer over the edge of the summit blocks), but I did it. Someday I hope to work up to the technical routes. Thank you, Spearhead, fun day.
Posted Sep 21, 2007 12:55 pm

Mike McNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Mike Mc

Spectacular route! This one could probably be called my first true alpine climb. We got off route, and I would put it at 5.8 or so. Certainly worth repeating!
Posted Aug 20, 2007 11:05 pm

Tom FralichNorth Ridge (III 5.6)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2007

Tom Fralich

Climbed with Mary as our first alpine route together on our summer road trip in 2007. We left the trail head at Bear Lake on July 9 at around 3:30PM. We had great weather for the hike in and got lots of great photos by Mills Lake, Ribbon Falls, etc. We reached the base of The Spearhead at around 7:40PM and found a perfect bivy cave. We started climbing at around 5:45AM in swirling clouds and mist, making for very eerie conditions. The clouds cleared just as we reached the summit at around 10AM. The decent was loose and a bit annoying, but otherwise a great route and a great two days.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 10:22 pm

mow10WOW  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1997


My first real roped alpine climb. Gerry Roach's guide says this " is a climb that takes place on rock so solid you feel like you are touching the soul of the earth; touch it! climb it!" Thanks Gerry. I'm glad I did.
Posted Mar 17, 2007 7:36 am

brandonNorth Ridge


With Tom, bailed on trying the Barb, and did this is a little less than 2 hours, fun stuff.
Posted Jan 20, 2007 1:00 am

f360driverNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2006


Great route. The hand traverse was pretty airy. All in all good day.
Posted Sep 6, 2006 4:21 am

AndyNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006


Followed Roach's description to the letter for a fun day out. It was about 15 hours car-to-car for us.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 5:25 pm

dunsumNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


A nice day on a fun route.
Posted Jul 26, 2006 9:53 am

boisedocIncredible summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 1989


Took the nontechnical route over steep snow. Sharp, very exposed summit.
Posted Jul 19, 2006 4:48 am

markhyamsnorth ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2000


Finally ticked this one. Great fun, although only the top part of the route has the super-amazing rock that Roach goes on about.
Posted Feb 24, 2006 11:08 pm

rkymtnRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: October 2, 2005  Sucess!


This is a fun climb with some exposure along the summit ridge. There was a fair amount of wind, so Haliku and I moved across the summit ridge with the lulls. There were great views of the valley from practically any direction.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 11:06 pm

Eric RakRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 2004  Sucess!
Excellent route and a nice introduction to RMNP alpine climbing. The last technical pitch was memorable due to the classic hailstorm that hit just as I arrived at the belay. My partner, cursing me and the gods themselves, struggled to get a cam out just below the belay while getting belted by monster hail and rain. The descent is slicker than shit when wet.
Posted Dec 21, 2005 6:42 pm

HalikuRoute Climbed: Northwest Slopes Date Climbed: 2 Oct 2005


We, rkymtn and I, got an early start on what was a beautiful fall Colorado day. The aspens were just past their peak color but still quite a show. The route to the upper valley where Spearhead is located was straight forward. The entire beta you need is in the route and mountain pages. The scramble up the talus slope wasn't too difficult but did have some exposure. With 30-40 mph wind gusts we had to carefully time our moves at the summit. Excellent views of the Glacier Gorge valley.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 10:33 am

jennakateRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 16, 2005  Sucess!


My first big alpine climb...with hail:)
Posted Sep 30, 2005 9:40 pm

edlinsRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 28th, 2005


Climbed the entire route and got snowed on while unroping 100 ft from the summit. Long approach, very nice bivy shelter, spectacular climb, and horrendous descent. In other words, stellar alpine climb!
Posted Aug 29, 2005 10:30 pm

benRoute Climbed: Sykes Sickle Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!


A great rock climb in RMNP - I was glad that my partner got the chimney/stemming lead on the next-to-last pitch, but then I realized I got the traverse on the final pitch, so it all evened out. We were racing weather, and I remember the descent being unplesant, but what a great climb!
Posted Aug 12, 2005 4:44 am

federicoRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 2005  Sucess!


I had a great time on this climb -- I agree, the exposure on the last pitches is amazing!
Posted Aug 10, 2005 5:48 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!


Great climb and awesome views! Jason and I had a great day.
Posted Jun 25, 2005 11:21 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: June 30, 2002  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

My 1st alpine trad climb!!!! What a hoot. A long day but a great day. The views from the Spearhead are unparalleld. You are literally surrounded by giants. Check out my pic on my profile page. That's me on top. The summit is tiny, overhangs into space and sends shivers down the spine in more ways than one. A must see in CO
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:07 pm

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