5/08/10 "Triple Traverse via Tanners Gulch". Superb
7/04/10 First stop on "Cottonwood Ridge Traverse" via Broad Fork
6/04/11 Via Triple Traverse
5/12/12 Via Lisa Falls Gorge
5/04/13 via Triple Traverse
Up Broads Fork, took the Robinson Variation to the summits, then followed the standard Broads Fork route back down to make a loop. Others that day did the opposite direction.
Hiked with my wife for our 11th anniversary. Camped on a snow field below the saddle after we summited. great trip.
Climbed via Tanner's Gulch with the WMC Triple Traverse climb
5/08/2010 Triple Traverse via Tanner Gulch with Garrett, Jake, Lana, and Matt
5/29/2007 Via Ferguson Canyon with Anne, Christine, Dave, Kim, Lana, and Moogie737
6/07/2003 via Broads Fork
5/26/2001 with MM and JL via Broads Fork
6/17/2000 with Sunrise via Broads Fork
9/18/1999 via Broads Fork
7/05/1999 via Broads Fork
8/01/1998 via Broads Fork
Early 1990's with lesdubois via Broads Fork.
Summitted both east and west peaks. Did the Robinson variation on the way up and standard route on the way down. Got off route a few times resulting in bushwacking and very scraped up legs since every plant up there has thorns and every rock has a sharp edge. On the way down I was hit by falling rock in the headwall section below the cottonwood ridge above the talus field. Thought it broke me hip... hurts like hell.
The scrambling on the north ridge sure beats the endless talus of the standard route.
ahh spring time in the rockies... Good times!
A great and fun climb, much better in the snow then over the loose talus. It was cold, cloudy and I was all alone, didn't see anyone else all day. It was a lot of fun.
Decided to hike the majestic twins during one of the early snow storms (first mistake) Hiked via Broads Fork till we reached pond in basin, then climbed west up steep slope to bonkers ridge. then climbed snow covered north ridge to East Summit. On the return we chose to return down a different way than we came (second mistake) and found ourselves on a ice & snow covered slab that cliffed out below us. Without crampons or ice axe we had no way to control a slide, and our efforts to navigate away from the slab didn't work. Both I and my buddy slid down the slope, but luckily neither slide resulted in injury. Walked back exhausted, still snowing.
Went up Tanners with a bunch of other SPers. Bagged Dromedary and Sunrise before traversing the ridgeline over to Broads -- summited by noon or so, then glissaded down Bonkers among the glide cracks. Great day in the mountains
One of my all time favorites! I was feeling so great on this hike. Greg had told me all about this hike and I was pumped about doing it. We only saw one other person the whole day. The hike was amazing and the glissading made for a fast and fun descent. Words will never explain my feelings for this one!
Standard Broads, Robison, Deaf Smith, Via triple traverse, Via Furgeson, Still need to to Lisa's, around 20 climbs to date.
I've climbed this mountain 5 times via a different route each time. Climb today with Lubos Pavel. We were headed up the standard Broads Fork route, but decided to break right up a small couloir about halfway up to the saddle. From there, we followed a small, rocky ridge to about 200 ft. below the East summit. Lots of sugary snow, but very nice conditions nonetheless.
May 27, 2011: Did the Triple Traverse with Joe B, and Matt V. The snow, even the avy debris, was very soft in Tanners, so the going was slow. Rather than go down Broads fork, we worked our way around the North side of Sunrise then up to the saddle between Sunrise and Dromedary and dropped into Tanners, so we did the Triple without a shuttle that way.
May 16, 2009 -- Peak Number 3 on the Triple Traverse. Did this peak as part of the Triple Traverse with a group of seven from SP. We had prime conditions.
September 6, 2008 -- Ascended up broad fork to the saddle between Sunrise and the Twins. From the saddle we hit the east twin and then the west twin.
Descended down the north ridge of the east twin (the Robinson Variation), and climbed the false twin then turned east and down to the lake.
One of my favorites, I've attempted it five times:
1: July or August 1996 - camped at bottom of Broads Fork basin, ascended via Robinson Variation, descended standard route including a fun glissade.
2: September 1997 - camped again, rained out, didn't attempt summit
3: October 9, 2002 (solo) - a bit more than a foot of recent snow, bivied at the spring, began ascent of standard route, and ended up traversing across the slabs to the top of Bonkers. Ascended the north ridge and came down the east ridge. Got off-route to the south and dangled from limber pines back to the saddle.
4: May 4, 2008 as part the WMC Triple Traverse. This was the first time I continued to the west peak.
5: June 24, 2012 with my wife and friends via Robinson variation, including west peak.
most recently with Gristle (Joe Bullough) on April 12, 2008. What a glorious day! Ask Joe about his lip.
Oh so close on this one. After a dusting of snow fell a few days before, I decided conditions might still be ample to bag this one from BCC via the standard route. It was another beautiful fall afternoon, I made good time up to the alpine cirque and started directly up the east slopes to the summit ridge. At around 400 feet below the ridge it started to get REAL sketchy with 3 inches of powder covering slick rocks. I had neither my axe nor crampons so I elected to ditch the effort about 100 feet below the ridgeline. Still an awesome time: http://photos.aleclalonde.com/main.php?g2_itemId=4584
Between following a dead-end trail and being stalked by a mountain lion, we ran out of time upon reaching the saddle. Unfortunately we turned around within view of the summit.
First attempt: Nov. 3, 2007
Snow shooed up the snowfield to the saddle. Snow was perfect for shoes. However, it was too thin at the saddle to offer good footing through the cliffband, so we didn't get onto the ridge. Next time:(
Success! Sep. 6, 2008
Beautiful day. Ascended from the east, via the saddle between the Twins and Sunrise. We descended down the north ridge, from the east twin.
Bagged both summits as part of the Cottonwood Ridge (Lisa Falls Direct).