Holy MOSES, is there anthing NOT to like about this mountain? As soon as we left our vehicle we were surrounded by 6-ft tall wildflowers. The meadow below the peak was exploding in color. The ridge was indeed quite loose in the San Juan tradition, but it was an exhilarating ride. We had a high pressure system over us and no threat of afternoon storms - barely a cloud in the sky. Heaven on earth.
I have done this peak multiple times, always a satisfying climb.
Summited after visiting friends in Durango. Never been to the San Juans before--simply grand! Talk about colorful Colorado. It started to hail around 10 am, but we were only a few hundred yards from the trailhead.
from coalbank pass - 2.5 hours up 1.5 down
Sometime in 1992, plus or minus a year. Nice hike, a little scary at the time as it was one of my very first peaks and I really felt the exposure.
Full winter conditions on this day. Snowed almost all day. Snowshoed in from Coalbank.
First trip into the San Juans, I climbed this with SW Adventure Guides to get introduced to the area. It was a little more burley than I was expecting, but GREAT FUN!
Climbed this one many times, in many conditions and that crux never gets old. Great area at timberline for side hikes and exploring the highlands. We usually finish this peak off by heading back to Durango for the brew named after the mountain, makes for a nice little tradition.
Incredible views of Purgatory and Hwy 160.
done it 3 times now, once normal, once during the full moon, and once in winter
Great approach hike - the flowers were awesome. The ridge was fun once I got over the shock of the crux move but the looseness on the mountain gave me the creeps. I had visions of the mountain just coming tumbling down at some point. Nice short hike if you are looking for a 1/2 day adventure.
Great Climb, mild scramble with GREAT views!
This was my first crampon and ice axe climb. I was on a winter mountaineering course with Southwest Adventures out of Durango. The course was wonderful and I learned a ton about winter camping and climbing conditions. The climb went without a hitch and the three of us arrived on top and enjoyed the views of the surrounding area.
A little postholing, but otherwise a fun outing. Borderline Class 4.
Northeast ridge. i went up the ridge and skied down the eastern face below the rock bands. The snow was dicey but the climb was good. Left my red G3 ski leashes at the top of Coalbank. Have you seen 'em?
what a great hike/climb. A fantastic 6hr detour off of hwy 550. I recommend it to anyone. It took 3.5 hrs for the four of us to summit and 2.5 hours to descend. another sweet view of the Mighty San Juans. topped off with electricity and hair standing on end at the peak. freaky.
A cold day out on the mountain, but a fun summit. Got to sing happy birthday to one of the members of our group. The narrow rock corridors on the ridge are neat (my profile pic).
Fun run for training. Also a good beginners winter mountaineering route. 2-3rd class.
Jathan Cantu and Phil Miller reached the summit in 3 hours. It was a perfect Colorado day as the Columbines were in bloom. Patchy snow and mud delayed the hike a little in the timber. Thank God someone was at the cleft to show us how to climb out onto the ridge. The elation and excitement of our first attempt effectivley numbed our sore knees on our descent!
I climbed this great peak with Tom Fralich (see his post below). We only saw one other party of two on the way down and they were only checking out the conditions for a future ascent.