Engineer Mountain Climber's Log

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Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Dec 1, 2003 11:30 am

Route Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: November 28, 2003  Sucess!

After two failed attempts, I finally reached the summit with Felix Danila on Nov 28. On our first attempt (Nov 23-24), Felix developed altitude sickness which forced a descent, despite good weather. We left our tent at the base of the ridge and descended to rest in Silverton, planning to return the next day. Arriving back at the tent on Nov 25, we encountered heavy wind and snowfall and were confined to the tent for the next 43 hours. When the weather finally cleared on Nov 27, we decided to descend and rest, rather than attempt the route directly, given our limited supplies and uncertain conditions on the route. After enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in Silverton, we made plans for a one-day, alpine-style ascent on Nov 28. We completed the climb in 8 hrs, car-to-car. Conditions on the ridge were quite poor, with lots of snow and some moderate avalanche danger on the slopes leading up to the ridge and on the summit pyramid. Very good winter climb.

sidhayes - Aug 22, 2003 5:23 pm

Route Climbed: Coal Bank Pass Date Climbed: August 20, 2003  Sucess!

Ascent in 52:32 on a good weather day. My GPS unit showed round trip distance of 6.0 miles? 2.2 miles to Engineer Mountain Trail junction.

flyinghighpete

flyinghighpete - Jul 28, 2003 4:11 pm

Route Climbed: Coal Bank Pass Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!

I went up in the evening after some storms had passed. I've never seen more Columbines in my life!

dsnell

dsnell - Dec 18, 2002 3:26 pm

Route Climbed: Coal Bank Pass (North Ridge) Date Climbed: July 3, 1993  Sucess!

Climbed with my brother, John Snell (of Durango at the time) and cousin, Gary McDaniel (also of Durango at the time). We found the climb to be really exciting with lots of exposure. Lots of big, loose rocks, but the views of the Twilight range and other mts in the San Juans were amazing.

kullaberg

kullaberg - Nov 28, 2002 4:43 pm

Route Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: aug 98  Sucess!

brewing thunderstorms added a sense of urgency to our predawn start. by the time my friend mark, my dog and i reached the summit at around 8:00 am, it was definitely time to leave. great day.

sidhayes - Jul 12, 2002 9:01 am

Route Climbed: Coal Bank Pass Date Climbed: August 10, 2001  Sucess!

An outstanding peak. Second ascent in 54:10 from Coal Bank Pass.

theplugger

theplugger - Apr 5, 2001 1:54 pm

Route Climbed: From Coal Bank Pass via northeast ridge Date Climbed: 07-07-00  Sucess!

This hike, listed as a Colorado Mountain Club hike, included only the leader, my husband, and I. The wildflowers in the tundra meadows were amazing. We passed a group of Colorado Outward Bound kids on the ridge where they were roping up, this being the first mountain any of them had ever climbed, and were as happy as they when they joined us on the summit.

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