Coming up from Phoenix for a weeklong solar class in Paonia took me through the beautiful San Juans. Deciding it would be a shame not to climb something I decided on Engineer because it was relatively close to the plowed roads and it was just such a nice looking mountain.
The approach was straightforward. Park at Coal Banks pass and ascend to the west up through the trees.
When I got my first good look at the mountain it was shrouded in clouds. The weather changes so rapidly, on the drive up it was clear about 1 hour earlier.
It was nice being in mountains like this after just being in Phoenix the day before sitting in my pool in 80 degree weater.
The ridgeline was exposed both sides. A few icy rocky scrambles too. My thoughts were on not falling.
The clouds broke and there were nice views with the sun shining on me and the frozen rocks at the summit.
Descent down the ridgeline.
When I got down the clouds were broke up revealing Engineer. Route in red. 2 1/2 hours up and 1 1/2 down.
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