2018 Trip Log

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Created On: Jan 2, 2018
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INTRODUCTION

This is just a simple log to keep track of our 2017 trips.

See the 2017 Trip Log for 2017.

See the 2016 Trip Log for 2016.

See the 2015 Trip Log for 2015.

See the 2014 Trip Log for 2014.

See the 2013 Trip Log for 2013.

See the 2012 Trip Log for 2012.

See the 2011 Trip Log for 2011.

See the 2010 Trip Log for 2010.

See the 2009 Trip Log for 2009.

See also the 2008 Trip Log for 2008.

JULY


July 9: (Iceland)
July 7:  Romsdalseggen (Norway)
July 6;  Isterdalen (Norway)
July 5:  Romsdalshorn (Norway)
July 4:  Troll Wall (Norway)
July 3:  Trollstein Loop (Norway)
July 2:  Lomseggen (Norway)
July 1:  Galdhopiggen (Norway)




JUNE


June 30:  Lom Loop (Norway)


June 26:  Sundance Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I made a quick climb up Sundance Mountain.

June 23:   Mount Welba (Colorado)

Justin and I headed for Mount Welba in the Elkheads.  It was a nice hike and a deer and elk watched me on the summit while Justin was taking pictures.

Near the summit of Mount Welba

June 22:   Toll Memorial (Colorado)

After work and on the way home I stopped for a quick hike up to the Toll Memorial on Trail Ridge.

June 21:  Performance Park/Big Thompson Canyon (Colorado)

After work I met Derick and we headed for Estes Park and Performance Park.  I led Hakuna Matata as a warm up, but then there was a concert starting so we had to leave.  We went to go check out some climbs in Big Thompson Canyon.    We attempted the route west of Frictionite.  I was able to get 20 feet of the ground, but both of us chickened out on leading higher than that.


Me leading Hakuna Matata

June 20:  Devils Backbone (Colorado)

After work and around sunset, I hiked the wild lopp on Devils Backbone..   I saw one rattlesnake along the way.


June 19:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work, I hiked alll the trails at Mariana Butte including the one to the summit.

June 18:  Peak 12,355/Trail Ridge (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Peak 12,355 on the Trail Ridge.

June 17:  Lookout Peak (Utah)

Kimberly and I climbed Lookout Peak in the Wasatch.    We got a later start than we wanted so it was hot, but it was still a nice climb.  The views were nice too.   After the limb we drove back home to Colorado.

On the way to Lookout Peak

June 15:  Sundance Mountain (Colorado)

On my way home from work, I stopped to climb Sundance Mountain.    There were a lot of elk around.

View from Sundance Mountain

June 11:   Toll Memorial (Colorado)

After work I hiked to the Toll Memorial in Rocky Mountain National Park.

June 10:  Black Mountain (Colorado)

Kimberly and I climbed Black Mountain from the Southeast Ridge.  There was much less snow on the trail and on top than there usually is in June.    Unfortunately, two motorcycles were also illegally on the trail and really ripping it up.  

Summit of Black Mountain

June 9:  Quartzite Peak/Baby Lake Trail (Wyoming)

Kimberly and I climbed Quartzite Peak in the Sierra Madre of Wyoming.  The views were great and although the climb is short, few people climb this one.  We still had time left so we also hiked part of the Baby Lake Trail on the way home.


Summit
Summit of Quartzite Peak


 June 8:  Fall River Pass Mountain (Colorado)

On my way home I stopped and climbed Fall River Pass Mountain, which is a very short hike.

June 7:  Trail Ridge/Peak 12,355

After work, I made a quick climb of Trail Ridge/Peak 12,355 in good weather.

View
View From Peak 12,355

June 6:  Sundance Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Sundance Mountain with good weather.

June 5:  Sheep Mountain (Colorado)

After work I hiked up the Round Mountain Trail towards Sheep Mountain.   I made it half way, but didn't have time to go to the summit.

June 4:  Mariana Butte (Colorado)

At night, I hiked the trails around and up Mariana Butte.

June 3:  Cedar Mountain (Colorado)

In the morning, Kim and I hiked the long loop on Cedar Mountain.  We saw several antelope from afar.

June 2:   East Fork Williams Fork River (Colorado)

Kim and I hiked the East Fork Williams Fork Trail in the Flat Tops.   We hiked to just beyond the junction with the Transfer Trail.    We were going to take the Transfer Trail back, but the stream was too high to cross, so we returned the same way.  There were a lot of bear tracks on the trail, but we didn't see any bears.

Bridge
Bridge on the East Fork Williams Fork Trail

June 1:  Tombstone Ridge (Colorado)

On the way home from Estes Park, I stopped along the Trail Ridge Road to hike Tombstone Ridge.   I climbed the highest point on Tombstone Ridge, seeing many marmots and an elk along the way.

View

MAY

May 31:   Devils Backbone (Colorado)

After work, I hiked the Wild Loop on Devils Backbone on a nice evening.

May 30:   Duncan's Ridge (Colorado)

After work, I met Derick at Duncan's Ridge and we did several climbs, including two un-named(?) climbs, Apples, and a new climb towards the north end of the cliff.

May 28:  Ruple Point (Utah)

Ali, Chad, and I made the beautiful hike to Ruple Point in Dinosaur National Monument.  It was a nice day and the weather was great.    The views were really impressive, as always.

South Split Mountain
South Split Mountain as viewed from Ruple Point.



May 27:  Millers Creek (Colorado)

Ali, Chad, and I explored Millers Creek in the Skull Creek Basin.   Just as we were above ready to give up on the canyon, it dove into a nice narrows.    Several other narrows were in the canyon and it turned out to be a really good one with several deep pools, potholes, and narrows.  We also rescued a snake in a pothole.  There were bear tracks in the upper canyon.   It was a real gem of a canyon and probably a first descent.  The exit wasn't that bad either.


Millers Creek Slot Canyon

May 26:  Snake Pit/Harpers Corner (Utah)

Ali, Chad, and I met at the Dinosaur Visitor Center to explore a new slot canyon.   The approach was pretty long, but not that bad.    The canyon was nice, but it was not a classic.    The end was really impressive though and had a nice chamber.    There was also a neat petroglyph of a snake at the mouth of the slot.   The hike back seemed long and it was hot too.

After dinner, we drove to the Harpers Corner Trailhead and hiked to Harpers Corner.

View from Harpers Corner

May 25:  Fish Creek Falls (Colorado)

Kim and I hiked to Fish Creek Falls and then beyond.     Since we had to get home, we didn't make it to the Upper Falls, but it was a nice hike.  


May 23:  Big Thompson Canyon/Frictionite (Colorado)

Derick and I met at Big Thompson Canyon to do some climbs.    We tried a newly established route, and it was a good route, but it was a little tough between the second and third bolts, so we didn't make it.   We both tried leading it.

After failing on the new climb, we headed for Frictionite.  We both tried a few leads before Derick climbed it.  We both climbed it a few times before heading home.

May 21:  Mariana Butte (Colorado)

In the dark and after work, I hiked the trails around Mariana Butte including the trail to the summit.  

May 19:   Twin Sisters (Colorado) 

Chad and I had planned to go climbing in Eldo today, but it was raining in the morning.   When it cleared a little, I headed for Estes Park and attempted Twin Sisters.    I turned back in heavy rain, hail, and snow.

May 18:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Mariana Butte and hiked the trails around the butte.

May 17:   Prospect Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Prospect Mountain from the south.

Longs Peak and Mount Meeker
Longs Peak and Mount Meeker

May 16:   Duncans Ridge (Colorado)

Along with Derrick, I climbed Conglomerate Face, Corner Crack, and an un-named climb.

Duncan's Ridge Climbing
Duncan's Ridge Climbing

May 15:  Coyote Ridge (Colorado)

After work I hiked up to the top of Coyote Ridge.   I stopped to watch the prairie dogs for a little bit.   It was dark before I got back.     

May 14:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work and at night, I hiked all the trails around Mariana Butte, including the one to the summit.

May 10:   Emerald Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Emerald Mountain near Estes Park.   I climbed it from East Portal.   It was a nice climb, but I got two ticks on me.

Longs Peak
Longs Peak

May 9:  Lily Mountain (Colorado)

After work  I climbed Lily Mountain.  SAR was on the mountain doing a rescue.  I made it to the summit and enjoyed the views before heading back down.


View from Lily Mountain
View from Lily Mountain

May 8:  Lily Lake (Colorado)

I  got a late start so only hiked the trail around Lily Lake at sunset.

Lily Lake
Lily Lake

May 7:  Gem Lake  (Colorado)

After work I hiked to Gem Lake near Estes Park.    It was a beautiful hike with lots of interesting rock formations.  I got back just after dark.

May 6:   Jurassic Park (Colorado)

Chad and I met at Lily Lake to go climbing at Jurassic Park near Estes Park.    Chad led Your Possible Past on Long Wall (with a detour to the true summit) and Strategery on Dinosaur's Foot.   I led Coloradoditty on Big Ass Slab and Byron's Ladder on Left Hand Rock.   The rock was fantastic and the climbing good on all routes.    The weather was nice as well.    Our original plan was to climb the Fin, but we decided not to walk through the snow which was present at the bottom of our planned route. 

May 4:  Prospect Mountain (Colorado)

After work I climbed Prospect Mountain alone and with good weather.

May 3:  Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work I climbed Mariana Butte and hiked all the trails around the butte.    It rained all day and finally cleared around sunset, so that's when I climbed.

May 2:   Ascent Studio (Colorado)

It was raining, so after work Derrick and I climbed at the Ascent Studio.

APRIL

April 30:   Prospect Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Prospect Mountain from the south.

April 28:   Hanging Lake (Colorado)

Justin, Kimberly, and I hiked to Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock.   It was a beautiful hike.

Hanging Lake


April 26:   Bobcat Ridge (Colorado)

I did the Valley Loop Trail at Bobcat Ridge on a beautiful evening. 

Valley Loop Trail.



April 25:   Horsetooth Mountain/Aggie Peak (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Horsetooth Mountain, my favorite hike in this area.    The weather was nice and so were the views.    After climbing Horsetooth Mountain, I headed for Aggie Peak near Horsetooth reservoir and climbed that too.   It was after dark, but the climb was not long.

Summit
Summit of Horsetooth Mountain



April 24:   Meadowbrook Natural Area (Colorado)

At night, I hiked the trails at the Meadowbrook Natural Area in Loveland.   

April 23:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

At night and after work I climbed Mariana Butte.   It was very windy and with light rain, so I just did the short hike to the top.

April 22:   First Flatiron (Colorado)

Chad and I met in Boulder to climb the First Flatiron.   We planned on climbing Fandango, but we didn’t have a good route description printed.    We ended up on Kamikaze Overhangs and the Zig Zag route (or at least a variation of those routes) instead.   Chad did most of the leading, but I led a pitch on Zig Zag, but got off route (we didn’t have a route description for this route).    I ended up on a long runout section (X rated) that ended on some scary ledges.  It was really intimidating.  I descended back down to a minor ledge that I could place a little protection on and belayed Chad up.   He climbed to the dead-end, pulled a sketchy camp placement I places and then headed right over some easier ledges.

The climb was fun, except for the scary runout moments.  One and a half pitches from the top, we hit the much easier North Arete route and followed that to the summit.   After that, we rappelled off the backside and hiked down. 

Zig Zag
Chad high on the Zig Zag route of First Flatiron

April 21:   Ascent Studio (Colorado)

It was a very wet snowy day, so after work I went climbing at the Ascent Studio. 

April 19:   Prospect Mountain (Colorado)

After work I climbed Prospect Mountain near Estes Park.   I climbed it from the trail on the south side.    It was a nice day and the views were great.

Longs Peak
Longs Peak from Prospect Mountain.

April 18:  Devils Backbone (Colorado)

I hiked the loop Devils Backbone.    It was a much nicer day than yesterday and there was only a light breeze

April 17:   Devils Backbone/Morrison Trail (Colorado)

After work I hiked the Morrison Trail and part of the Devils Backbone Trail.   I didn’t complete the loop since it was extremely windy and the wind was blowing dirt in my face.

April 16:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work and after dark, I hiked all the trails at Mariana Butte, including the trail to the summit.

April 14:  Horse Mountain/Little Horse Mountain (Wyoming)


Justin and I went to Wyoming to climb Horse Mountain and Little Horse Mountain near Savery Wyoming.  We climbed to the saddle of the two peaks before climbing Horse Mountain first and then Little Horse Mountain second.  There was more deer and elk on the two mountains than we had ever seen.

It was a cloudy and rather gloomy day, but the views were still nice.  I got another two ticks on me by the end of the hike.

Columbus Mountain
Columbus Mountain from Little Horse Mountain.



April 12:  Eagle Cliff Mountain (Colorado)

After work I climbed Eagle Cliff Mountain just before an approaching storm.  The route was steep, but not difficult.   I got back right when the storm hit.   At the hotel, I noticed two ticks on me.

Longs Peak
Longs Peak from Eagle Cliff Mountain.

April 11:  Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work, I hiked to the top of Mariana Butte.

April 10:   Estes Cone (Colorado)

After work, I headed for Estes Cone.   The route was almost all on snow, but since the snow was firm, I left the snowshoes behind.   I noticed that the headlamp wasn't in my pack, but I thought I could retrace my steps in the dark.  I got to the summit just after sunset and I headed back down the mountain.

I lost my tracks and Moore Park and was unable to find them.   I kept running into waist deep snow as well.     I knew that I was not headed the right direction, but rather than try to fight the waist deep snow, I headed east along some drier slopes (still snowy, but not as deep) until I hit the highway.  I walked the highway and the Longs Peak access road back to the vehicle.   It was about mid-night when I reached the vehicle.

April 9: Mariana Butte (Colorado) 

The weather was bad today, so after work I just hiked the trails around Mariana Butte, including the one to the top.

MARCH

March 27:   Duncan's Ridge (Colorado)

Some 14ers.com members and I met at Duncan's Ridge for some after work climbing.   Various people did various routes.   I climbed Oranges, Corner Route, and Face Route.

March 24:  Cedar Mountain (Colorado)

I completed the long loop on Cedar Mountain.

March 21:  Levada Nova (Madeira/Portugal)

Today Kimberly and I hiked the Levada Nova with a group since it was cheaper and easier to do that than to find transport.  It was a nice hike and gave us a good look at rural life in Madeira.

After completing the Levada Nova hike, we had the mini-bus drop us (only Kim and I) off at Cabo Girão so we could walk to the cliff and take in the views.    The views from this, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world were spectacular.  After enjoying the views and walking around, we headed back to Funchal.


Lilies
Lilies along the Levada Nova

March 20:  25 Fontes (Madeira/Portugal)

Kimberly and I did the hike to 25 Fontes today.  It was easier and even cheaper to go with a group, so we just did that.  The largest waterfall was very spectacular; one of the best waterfalls that I have seen.  We saw several other smaller falls as well.  We took the alternate route back through the long and wet tunnel.  The tunnel was 800 meters long.  It was a great hike.

Down Valley
Looking down valley from near the 25 Fontes.

March 19:  Levada do Ferado (Madeira/Portugal)

Today Kimberly and I did the popular hike along the Levada do Ferado between  Ribeiro Frio and Portela.  We went with a group since it was easier than the bus schedule.  It was a nice hike and very easy.  There were several waterfalls along the way and we saw several birds as well.

View
View from the Levada Ferado

 March 18:  Monte Botanical Gardens (Madeira/Portugal)

It was an easy day today.  Kimberly and I went dolphin watching in the morning (we hoped to see whales but didn’t see any this time).  In the afternoon we rode the two cable cars to the Botanical Gardens and then walked the trails there.  The trail from Monte to the Botanical Gardens was closed, so we only did the trails in the gardens. 

March 17:  Ribeiro Frio Canyon (Madeira/Portugal)

Today Kimberly and I did the Ribeiro Frio slot canyon in Madeira. We went guided (Discovery Island) since we didn't want to haul all of our gear overseas just for one day of canyoneering. The water was very cold in the canyon, but it was a really good one complete with some real slot sections.

The canyon was a lot of fun and there were several rappels and jumps along the way. 

Ribeiro Frio Canyon
Canyoning Ribeiro Frio Canyon.

March 16:  Pico Ruivo  (Madeira/Portugal)

After a long day of travel the day before, Kimberly and I got up early and took a taxi to Pico Ariero for our hike over to Pico Ruivo.  Once we reached Pico Ariero, it was snowing with freezing rain and very cold and windy.  We put on our coats and raingear and headed for Pico Ruivo.  We were in the clouds for much of the way, but when the clouds broke at times, the views and scenery was amazing. 

The mountains in the area are very steep and rugged, but there was a good trail to Pico Ruivo which included several cables, staircases, and tunnels.  It was a spectacular hike.   It never did rain hard, but we had light rain and high winds for much of the hike. 

Once we reached the mountain hut below Pico Ruivo, we took a rest and ate some snacks before heading for the summit of Ruivo.  The trees and everything else around the summit of Ruivo were coated in ice, with some snow as well, but we didn’t get any views from the summit.  The route was still a spectacular one though.

After enjoying the summit, we decided to head down the trail to Teixeira.  We were originally going to hike the trail all the way west to Encumeada, but there wouldn’t have been any views anyway, so we decided not to.

Once at Teixeira (the route down was easier, but less spectacular than the route from Pico Ariero), we caught a ride down to Santana.  After checking out Santana, we took a bus back to Funchal.   It was a great day. 

Pico Ruivo
On route to Pico Ruivo

March 12:  Duncan Ridge (Colorado)

Derick and 12ers rule from 14ers.com and I met at the Duncan Ridge Trailhead.   It was nice to take advantage of the extra daylight.  We climbed on un-named route, Conglomerate Face, and Corner Route.   It was some great climbing.   My favorite route was the Corner Route.

Conglomerate Face
Me climbing Conglomerate Face.


March 10:  Cedar Mountain (Colorado)

Shaylee, Kimberly, and I climbed Cedar Mountain.  It was a nice hike, but there was snow and mud to walk through.  

March 8:  Lily Mountain (Colorado)

After work I climbed Lily Mountain near Estes Park.   It was a nice peak with nice views, but the last part of the route was icy. 

Longs Peak from the summit of Lily Mountain.
Longs Peak from the summit of Lily Mountain.


March 7:  Duncan Ridge (Colorado)

After work, I met Derick at the Duncan Ridge Trailhead.   We hiked to the top of the Duncan Ridge highpoint and then down to the rock climbing areas.   We did some nice climbs including some un-named ones and Apples and Oranges.   I chickened out near the top of Oranges though. 

March 6:   Peak 7778 (Colorado)

After work I climbed Peak 7778 in the Big Thompson Canyon area.   I wasn’t sure if Sullivan Gulchhad public access (I should have read Lists of John logs before I went), so I climbed a more difficult route from the Crosier Mountain trailhead.    After reaching the plateau, I headed crosscountry to the saddle above Sullivan Park and then to the summit.   The summit was a nice surprise and wasactually quite interesting, especially the class 3 scramble.   I got back right at dark. 

Summit
From the summit of Peak 7778


March 2: Sneak Canyon (Utah)

After leaving Craig late morning and driving to Utah, Justin, Kessler, and I canyoneered through Sneak Canyon south of Green River. While on the rim of the canyon, Kessler’s helmet blew away and flew all the way to the bottom of the canyon.

The canyon had some avoidable potholes and was nice as always
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We used a new exit that uses a technical climbing route out of the canyon. We arrived at the vehicle right at dark.

Sneak Canyon
Justin and Kessler in Sneak Canyon.


March 3: North Fork Robbers Roost Canyon (Utah)

Justin, Shaylee, and I canyoneered through the North Fork of Robbers Roost Canyon. Years ago, I had seen the lower half of the canyon, but not the upper, so it was nice to do something new. The first two rappels were awkward, but overall the canyon was quite easy. It was nice and unusual that most of the slot sections had a flat and sandy bottom. There were enough technical sections that made the route interesting.

We went all the way through the canyon and climbed out the crack exit, which requires a bit of technical climbing. The exit crack had sand on many of the technical moves, making the route more difficult. After climbing the strenuous crack, we headed back to the trailhead.

North Fork Robbers Roost Canyon
Kessler in North Fork Robbers Roost Canyon

FEBRUARY


February 28:  Lion Gulch (Colorado)

After work, I took a hike up Lion Gulch to the homesteads.  The trail was quite icy in places.    Around sunset, I actually did see a mountain lion near the homesteads, so I guess I know why it's called Lion Gulch!  It was chilly and snowed a bit, but it was a nice hike.

February 27:  Deer Mountain (Colorado)

After work I climbed Deer Mountain.   It was a nice late afternoon/evening hike and the views were great.   It was a little windy, but still pleasant.

Mount Ypsilon
Mount Ypsilon as viewed from Deer Mountain.


February 26:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

After work and at night I hiked all the trails around Mariana Butte, including the trail to the summit.   It was long after sunset, but the moon was bright and I didn’t need a headlamp.    Hiking at night also had the advantage of having all the mud frozen! 

February 25:  Old Town Hot Springs (Colorado) 

 Shaylee, Kim, and I climbed or attempted the climbing wall at the Old Town Hot Springs.


February 22:  Ascent Studio (Colorado)

Two friends and I met at the Ascent Studio in Fort Collins to do some climbing.   It was a fun night.

February 19:  Kegger Slot (Utah)

Shaylee, Justin, and I explored a new slot in the Keg Springs area south of Green River.  Two of my brothers and I found it on December 26 1996, but I hadn't been back since (mostly because we knew it was short).  


We found and explored the slot.   There were two  really good slots in the drainage.   After reaching a big falls, we followed the rim to an old and historic sheep trail that my brothers and I found in 1996.  We hiked up to the area around the falls, but there was a lot of bushwhacking.

It snowed a little and the wind was quite nasty at times.

Kegger Slot

  
February 18:  Bell/Little Wildhorse Canyon/Wildhorse Window (Utah)
 

Shaylee, Justin, and I hiked up Bell Canyon and down Little Wildhorse Canyon.   We took the more scenic, but more rugged shortcut through a notch and down a side canyon of Little Wildhorse.  It was a nice hike, but the narrows weren't quite as impressive as the slanted slot in West Fork White Roost.   We had to stem across several pools.   I was able to stay dry other than dipping the bottom of my shoe in one pool, but the others got wet.


After hiking Bell and Little Wildhorse, we headed for the Wildhorse Window, which is a big potty arch.    It was really windy and the blowing sand was unpleasant at times. 

Little Wildhorse Canyon

February 17:  West Fork White Roost Canyon (Utah)

After driving down from Craig in the morning, Shaylee, Justin, and I went through the West Fork of White Roost Canyon.   I wanted to do this one since I hadn't done it yet.   The upper end is interesting and has some interesting downclimbs and rappels, but the best part is the slanted slot below that.   It is very deep, dark, and impressive.  It was a lot of fun too.

After getting through the slanted slot, we headed down canyon and then hiked up the East Fork of White Roost to where another group was coming down that canyon.   After chatting with them a bit, we hiked down canyon to the horse trail and then out.

West Fork White Roost Canyon
West Fork White Roost Canyon

February 15:  Triangle Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Triangle Mountain.   The false summit before the true summit was sketchy because there were ice covered rocks and I was still wearing my steel toed work shoes.     The rest of the climb was fine.

Summit
Summit


February 14:   Reservoir Trails/Rock Climbing Areas (Colorado)

I was going to climb Peak 5773 near Horsetooth Reservoir, but the trail was closed due to mud.  Since the gate was a little down the trail, I didn’t notice this until I had already paid my $7.


Instead, I hiked the trail down to the reservoir and checked out the rock climbing areas.   I also stopped at the trailhead to the south to check out the rock climbing area around Piano Boulder.

February 13:   Waterfall/Timber Trail/Well Gulch/Valley Trail (Colorado)

After work, I had to go to Fort Collins to pick up a part for my work truck.   Since I was in Fort Collins anyway, I drove to the Reservoir Ridge Trails since the website said that they were open.    They weren’t so I headed to Lory State Park.   


I hiked the Waterfall Trail before making a loop of the Timber Trail, Well Gulch Trail, and Valley Trail.   It was a nice hike, but there was lots of mud in places.   Half of the trail had better conditions.   I saw several deer as well.

Waterfall
Waterfall


February 12:  Ascent Studio (Colorado)

I had to be in Fort Collins anyway and the weather was bad, so I did some indoor climbing.

February 7:  Knapps Knob/Crosier Mountain (Coloroado)

Today after work I hiked up Knapps Knob and Crosier Mountain.   There wasn’t that much snow around, but there was some snow and mud.   The views were nice and it was a very quiet hike.

February 6:  Mariana Butte (Colorado)

Today after work, I planned to hike the Devils Backbone Trail, but it was closed due to mud and I went over to Mariana Butte and hiked all the trails there, including the trail to the top.   It was a nice hike. 

February 3:  Cedar Mountain (Colorado)

Kimberly and I climbed Cedar Mountain today.  It was muddy and snowy in places, but snowshoes were not needed.  This is the least amount of snow I have ever seen on the mountain this time of year.

JANUARY

January 31:   Mariana Butte (Colorado)

At sunset and after work, I hiked all the trails around Mariana Butte and then hiked the trail to the summit.   I saw several deer along the trail and then several elk on the golf course.   It was cold and windy due to an approaching storm.

Mariana Butte
Mariana Butte


January 30:   Spring Creek Trail/Coyote Ridge (Colorado)

I had to get my truck fixed in Fort Collins, so I hoped to hike some of the trails in the Pineridge Natural Area, but they were closed due to mud.  Instead I hiked the paved Spring Creek Trail and then the Coyote Ridge Trail to the ridge.   I stopped to watch the entertaining prairie dogs for a while.

January 29:  Devils Backbone (Colorado)

After work, I hiked the loop on Devils Backbone.   There wasn't much snow on the trail and it was a nice day.

Devils Backbone
Devils Backbone


January 28:   Chamber of the Basilisk/Goblins Lair (Utah)

After getting a flat tire fixed in Hanksville, Shaylee, Keith, and I did the canyoneering route through the Chamber of the Basilisk/Goblins Lair.  As usual, it was great.

Chamber of the Basilisk


January 27:   Angel Slot (Utah)

After leaving very early in the morning and driving to Utah, Shaylee and I met Keith at the trailhead and we all did Angel Slot near Hanksville.   It was a really spectacular slot canyon; better than expected.  It was easy except for the last downclimb.  I douwclimbed it about 2/3 of the way, but it was hard after than and I slipped on the last part, getting scraped up in the process.   After exiting the slot, we made our way down to Beaver Canyon and then hiked along the Dirty Devil River to Angel Cove Spring.   We relaxed a bit before heading back out.  

Angel Slot




January 26:  Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area (Colorado) 

After work, I did a hike along the trail at the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area.  It was paved, so there was no snow to walk through.  I saw one coyote eyeing a colony of prairie dogs.

January 25:  Horsetooth Falls Loop (Colorado)

I still hadn't done the Horsetooth Falls loop, so I hiked it today after work.   It was a nice hike and most the trail was snow and ice covered.  

January 23: Knapps Knob (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Knapps Knob in the snow. The views were great, but I still don't have a camera. Because of the snow and lack of snow equipment, I didn't continue on to Crosier Mountain.

January 22: Coyote Ridge (Colorado)

After work, I did a hike up Coyote Ridge. I turned around at the high point of the trail. It was a nice day, but the trail was snow and ice covered. The prairie dog colonies were interesting and I saw same small rabbits as well.

January 20: Cedar Mountain (Colorado)

It was a snowy day, but Kimberly and I completed the short loop on Cedar Mountain. There was a thin layer of snow over a layer of ice, so it was slippery in places.

January 16: Devils Backbone (Colorado)

After work, I hiked the Wild Loop on the Devils Backbone. There was snow and ice on the trail, but it wasn't bad. It was a bit chilly after the sun went down.

January 14: Greyrock Mountain/Peak 7180 (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Greyrock Mountain. Unfortunately, my camera was dead so I didn’t get any photos of the beautiful peak. I went up the Greyrock Mountain Trail and climbed The Crest along the way. After enjoying the summit (It was windy, but sunny), I headed back down. I took the Greyrock Meadows Trail down, completing a loop and climbing Peak 7180 along the way. I also helped two girls who kept losing the trail.

It was a beautiful hike and there was only a little snow and ice. There were lots of other people climbing the mountain as well.

January 13: Crosier Mountain (Colorado)

I got off work a little earlier, so I planned to climb Crosier Mountain and East Crosier since I hadn't done that one yet. About half way up Crosier, I noticed that I left the water bottle! I decided to go up anyway, but I ate a few handfuls of snow. The camera was also dead, so that was a disappointment as I wanted to get some photos from the summit with some light left (the summit was reached in the dark the previous two nights).

I reached the summit after sunset, but before dark and the sunset colors were still there. I decided not to do East Crosier since it looked far away and since I didn't have any water. The route looked like it would be pretty rugged in the dark too.

I walked down the trail to a saddle and then climbed Point 8430. It was probably good that I didn't climb East Crosier since I was tired by the time I reached the vehicle and it was well after dark.

January 12: Crosier Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I again climbed Crosier Mountain. I had a later start, so much of the climb was done in the dark. There was a skiff of fresh snow, but it wasn't a problem.

January 11: Knapps Knob/Crosier Mountain (Colorado)

After work, I climbed Knapps Knob and then Crosier Mountain. I was able to reach the summit of Knapps Knob before sunset, but it was well after dark before I reached the summit of Crosier.

It was a nice hike, but a long one to do after work. I saw a fox in the dark on the way down, but it took me a few seconds to figure out what it was.

Knapp s Knob View

January 10: Devils Backbone (Colorado)

I am working day shift now and went for a hike of Devils Backbone after work. I was worried about getting locked in the gate since it supposedly closes at sunset, so I hurried and finished the loop as fast as I could!

January 8: Cedar Mountain (Colorado)

Today I climbed Cedar Mountain, completing the shorter loop. There was snow and some slippery ice, but snowshoes were not needed, which is very unusual for January. I saw several deer and some elk tracks.

January 6: Indian Lookout Mountain (Colorado)

Today between shifts, I climbed Indian Lookout Mountain near Lyons. I started at the Antelope Trailhead and hiked up to the junction before heading cross country to the peak. The route was OK, but there was some bushwhacking. I eventually reached the base of the summit block and found a 5.2 route up on the southeast side. Once above the cliff band, I made my way to the summit.

From the summit, I noticed a cairned route heading north. I followed this route for a little while, but I was not sure if it headed back to the trailhead I was parked at so I bushwhacked east and found an easier way through the cliff band. There was more bushwhacking though. I made my way back to the junction and then back to the trailhead. I saw several deer along the way.

Indian Lookout Mountain

January 5: Coyote Ridge (Colorado)

Today and between shifts, I hiked up to the highpoint of Coyote Ridge. There was a nice trail to the ridge, but after that the route to the highest point took longer than expected since there was some mud (and snow, but it wasn't much of a hindrance) and minor bushwhacking. The peak isn't quite ranked, but had nice views.

Along the trail, I saw several of the big prairie dogs and a rabbit.

Coyote Ridge

January 4: Horsetooth Mountain (Colorado)

Today I climbed Horsetooth Mountain between shifts, making a loop hike. Conditions were icy in places, but not too bad. It was a beautiful sunny winter day.

Horsetooth Rock

January 3: Green Ridge/Bobcat Ridge (Colorado)

Between shifts (I am working nights), I hiked the Green and Bobcat Ridges near Loveland. I went up the Ginny Trail and down the Powerline Trail, while taking the side trip to the high point of the ridge. There was some snow around, but not that much.

While it was a nice hike, it was too long (10+ miles) to do between shifts and I should have slept more instead. I saw several elk along the way.

Bobcat Ridge

January 1: Angels Landing (Utah)

Today Kimberly, Kessler, Shaylee, and I climbed Angels Landing in Zion National Park. It was a perfect day and the temperature was perfect. As always, the climb was very scenic. It was a great way to start off the New Year!

Summit of Angels Landing

Accumulated Totals and Goals

Accumulated Totals for 2018:

Days that I went hiking or climbing: 121

Summits Climbed: 77

Summits Attempted: 79

Rock Towers/Technical Buttes Climbed: 3

Rock Towers/Technical Buttes Attempted: 3

Technical Rock or Ice Routes Climbed:  27

Technical Rock or Ice Routes Attempted: 30

Technical Canyons Completed: 9

Technical Canyons Attempted: 9

Overseas Climbs: 5

Goals for 2018:

Days to spend hiking or climbing: 150

Summits: 100

Summits with the kids: As many as possible!

Rock Towers: 5

Technical Rock or Ice Routes: 25

Technical Canyons: 20

Elevations

Highest Elevation Reached

12,466 feet (3800 meters) on Sundance Mountain (Colorado); June 6.

Highest Elevation Reached in USA

12,466 feet (3800 meters) on Sundance Mountain (Colorado); June 6.

Highest Sleeping Altitude

n/a

Highest Sleeping Altitude in USA

n/a

Personal Records Set

July 1

Highest ascent in Norway; 8100 feet (2469 meters) on Pico Galdhopiggen. 

June 9

Highest June ascent in Wyoming; 9863 feet (3006 meters) on Quartzite Peak.

April 14

It wasn't much of a record, but the climb up Horse Mountain 8025 feet (2446 meters) in Wyoming was the highest summit that I have climbed to in April in Wyoming.

March 16

Highest ascent in Portugal; 6106 feet (1861 meters) on Pico Ruivo.







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