Nabbed it while backpacking. Probably one of the least satisfying peaks I've seen, but hey, it's a mountain. The view is nice, but you can get the same view anywhere in that general area.
We climbed it on our way to Hallet Peak. It was extremely cold on Flattop and my uncle had to wait here with a marmot.
Hiked up the trail and over the seriously flat top of this mountain. Where is the actual summit?? Then on to Hallett Peak.
Nice, early start meant I saw no one on the trail on the way up or summit. Then to Ptarmigan Pt, Sprague Mtn (by mistake!) and finally Knobtop Mtn. Long day, perfect weather!
From Tyndall Glacier
Amazing. This was my first couloir. I liked how it kept getting more steep towards the end, until your at almost 60 degrees at the top. When i popped up off that, all the tourists were taking my picture and pointing, it was hilarious. Beautiful day for a snow climb. not the best approach though.
From Lake Helene with Halletts
This was my first hiking trip to the Rockies, and my first summit. We wanted to go up to Hallet, but weather was coming in so we headed down.
Not too much to say. Windy.
Via the trail. Windy winter day.
Ran from the summit all the way to the trailhead dodging lighting bolts the whole way.
Flattop was my first "big" mountain climb. I was so elated to make it to the top.
I returned 4/23/2007 to go up the Dragon's Tail Couloir.
I could barely stand up!
This was my second visit to Flattop. This time I decided to take a "backdoor" up the Scottish / No name Couloir on the south side. This was my first couloir climb, so I confess to being totally exhausted by the time I reached the top. I skipped the last 25 vertical feet or so to the summit. Why? Dunno. I was pooped, it was cold, and I had already put my feet on the summit years ago. (Man, I get lazy as I age.) Glissaded down "Banana Shutes" and shuffled on back to the truck.
Hourglass couloir, east couloir, west couloir, and dragon's tail couloir. not all in the same day.
A fairly uncomplicated hike, except that we had our two children of 4½ and 2½ years with us (their first climb). The oldest, our son, did very well both up and down. Our daughter kept complaining about "all the stones", and to get her to the top I had to carry her the last 15 minutes, and promise to carry her all the way down. Since she weighed 30 pounds, I got quite tired in the arms! We lowed the view from the top, very nice scenery.
Ascended the main trail. easy trail obviously but fierce winds.
Traversed over from Notchtop for the "scenic" route back to the car.
Summited after ascent of east face of Notchtop. This was the easiest way down in 60mph wind after sunset. Not a bad walk except the friggin' ice on the trail all the way down. Indian summer makes for great ice climbing, but horrible trails. With Jim C (mountainlord)