It would have been easier to poke fun at our own idiocy of paying $100 ea to climb an easy 14er, if not for the mandated 7 am late start that put us in the path of a lightneing storm along the ridge retreat. Scariest 14er experience to date.
Nice day in the mountains. Not a cloud in the sky.
Hundred dollars mountain! Long drive from Denver, overall nice hike, Carols at ranch was very nice. Drove to Four Way and hike from there, bit a windy day but sunny and blue sky!
Climbed with E. Ashby, and my son Jonathan and daughter Kimberley.
Forked over the $100 to climb my final 14er! It was worth it! Hung out on the summit for a looong time under clear skies and celebrated with a nice group of people from around the country. Tagged Red Mtn too.
Nice day in the mountains.
Fun hike with blue sky on the way up, but experienced poor visibility and hail/rain on the way down. I traversed over from Red Mt. to skip the climb back up Culebra, but not sure if that saved me any time.
The weather was simply horrendous, with the clouds rolling in at 10:00 AM. Made it to Culebra & Red, though. Enjoyed the critters everywhere, but did not find the "untracked wilderness" promised by Fourteeners Initiative. Still an interesting experience.
With Tim and Jim, what a strange start to climbing a 14er, but absolutely worthe the process and price. Paid the extra for Red Mtn as well!
This is a really strange ritual to go through to climb a 14er. Glad to have the opportunity though. With Jim and Eric, very pristine area.
with Red Mtn. Climbed with Howie, Kim, Peter, Shawn & Kathy.
and awesomely long. Worth every penny of the $200 winter price tag
Climbed this one with Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and others. It's on my current highest-priority list -- the 100 most prominent peaks in the lower 48.
otherwise I wouldn't be doing these...
Did this one with my pops. Long drive from Parker to San Luis, though uneventful. Stayed at the San Luis Inn the night before. Difficult to crawl out of bed in time to get to the gate by 6.00.
Carlos met us @ gate @ 5.51, & herded us all to the ranch 'headquarters,' where we all drained our bank accounts- this was easily the most difficult part of the climb.
Following this demoralizing experience, drove to 'Four-way.' Leaving here @ 6.58, I descended some 520' (to 10,700', according to my altimeter; was 7.24 when I turned around) to ensure I'd have the necessary 3k' elevation gain. Dad waited slightly above while I did this. Was back at Four-way at 6.58.
From here we hiked to the standard 4WD parking lot. We hiked around the curve skirting the adjacent hill here, before turning to go up the slopes leading to the ridgeline. Popped up onto ridge slightly prior to the enormous cairne. Ridge straightforward from here to summit, entailing primarily enjoyable class 2 scrambling. Ascent displayed ample evidence of perhaps the largest rodent infestation of any peak I've ever been on.
Encountered others descending, who with the exception of 1 guy all parked at the highest parking lot, had started much earlier than we did.
Summited at 11.37. Popped & enjoyed some Avery 14er ESBs, took in the great SoCo views, & tried to savor this most expensive of summits. Views of the Sierra Blanca in particular were great.
Left summit at 12.23. Descent somewhat time-consuming but fairly mellow overall. Had the mountain to ourselves at this point. Back at Fourway at 15.52.
Great day in the Rockies with my favorite Dad!
Was joined by my friend Rich. We camped at the ranch gate where we are met by Carlos at 6 in the morning. After getting checked in with the 20 or so other people we drove up the good, but steep, dirt road to the upper parking area. Rich and I headed up to the ridge on the left and then circled past the huge cairn before hitting the final ridge ascent. While not a big fan of paying to hike, I'd say the $100 was well spent for the weather was great, the scenery glorious, and Carlos was very friendly and helpful to a late arriver.
Climbed with a group from 14ers.com, Red Mountain also. Beautiful area!
6/25/06 - Dreary day. Hiked with large 14ers.com group. The weather looked threatening all morning and I finished the hike just before it let loose. Crappy weather sucks worse than normal when money is on the line.
3/6/10 - I appreciated the opportunity for a winter ascent of this peak despite the $200 price tag. There was a lot of snow down low so we had to start from the ranch gate making it about 18 miles and 5750 feet RT. 2/3 of the group (not I) used mechanical assistance to some degree (Carlos was offering sled rides and five others brought their own rides to Fourway). It would have been 20 miles, 6900 feet RT if someone were to sneak over to Red Mountain too, but who would do such a thing?
Group climb of Culebra. Nice weather, a bit chilly but nice. Shared the summit with a marmot.