Engineer Mountain - April 2009

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Trip Report
Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Apr 26, 2009
Activities:
Mountaineering
Season:
Spring
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Engineer Mountain - April 2009
Created On: May 29, 2009
Last Edited On: May 29, 2009
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.

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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.

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It was nice being in mountains like this after just being in Phoenix the day before sitting in my pool in 80 degree weater.

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The ridgeline was exposed both sides. A few icy rocky scrambles too. My thoughts were on not falling.

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The clouds broke and there were nice views with the sun shining on me and the frozen rocks at the summit.

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Descent down the ridgeline.

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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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Fun morning.



















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