Climbed with Eric. Started winter trailhead at 4:23am. Boot pack to base of mountain. Crampons to summit, firm snow. Wintery condition on summit ~20°, 20mph. Glissade descent. Snow softening, and snowshoes needed by noon near Long Lake to near Brainard Lake Campground. 10hrs, 16miles.
It was another beautiful day of climbing in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Did a hair-raising glissade down a massive snowfield on the descent. Descended 1,000 vertical feet in less than 2 minutes.
Climbed Apache Couloir andbtraversed to Apache Peak. Descended via Airplane Gully
We reached the summit of Apache after completing the Kasparov Traverse from Shoshoni Peak
Completed the Kasperov from Shoshoni. Went on to Navajo, Dicker's Peck, and Niwot afterwards.
Ascended Queens Way with Scot, Colin, Kevin, Sarah, Shawn, Bob and Kate. Then traversed over to Navajo, up its west chimney and then down the airplane gully. Airplane gully was pretty loose in spots and we had a close call, be careful!
Solo with Navajo.
Up Queens Way, over to Dickers Peck (ran into some people I know who loaned me a harness and belayed me up. Then, up the North Face of Navajo, over to Niwot Ridge, and down Airplane Gully.
CMC training hike for Mount Elbrus. Considering how hot and dry it has been, there was still plenty of snow higher up. The weather was just about perfect: sunny skies and almost no wind (we could have used a gentle breeze, actually. It was pretty warm). There were a few other climbers and skiers on the glacier. Two of our group decided to wait at the top of the Queens Way while the rest of us went to the summit. It was a tough but good day.
A fun easy snow climb with great views from the summit. Still lots of snow up there for August!
Passed over the saddle to Navajo in a storm after climbing Fair Glacier on the west side of the divide. We were out of time and didn't tag the summit. Descended via the SE slopes route. SUPER LOOSE!
Later in the season, climbed Niwot Ridge and Navajo with intentions on finally summitting Apache. We could not locate the descent chimney to Dicker's Peck. Descended Airplane Gully instead.
Nice september day in Indian Peaks.
2nd time via Qeens Way, June 29, 2014
Climbed up airplane gully. Topped out by interesting chimney (4th class?) in stead of standard route. Descended west chimney. Good route but I think harder climbing down than up. Up Apache and down the East Ledges. Was going to attempt Dickers but was waaaaaay too cold/windy. Fun day!
some damn fine climbing can be found from shoshoni to apache...
then on the navajo- niwot ridge.. badass!
Long day of sustained rock climbing, but we did it. From Shoshoni, Kasparov traverse to Apache, then over to Navajo, then across Niwot Ridge. Ran out of water too. With Ripper333. Awesome.
Had a couple fails for various stupid reasons on two prior attempts. This day we had a great bluebird day up Queen's Way and lots of glissading on the way down. :D
Excellent snow conditions. We were above the clouds in the sun while Denver metro and Boulder were socked in. Gorgeous day.
We did a full carry over of our gear. Camped at Mirror Lake the previous night and started a 5:40 a.m. returned to the Brainard Lake trail head at 7:00p p.m.
We descended via the Isabel glacier's south branch, down climbing the first 100 vertical feet on plastic ice then glissaded to a point just above the turn off from the route.
This route will give you the "full on mountaineering experience"
Enjoyable class-2, with sodapants and mirna.
Beautiful day on the Queen's Way. Hard snow was tough on the feet but stable. Because of the snow conditions, the glissade down the Queen's Way was not the best thing that's ever happened - maybe East Ledges descent would have been better?