Fletcher Mountain Climber's Log

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shanahan96 - Feb 27, 2008 10:02 am Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2007

frosty fletcher  Sucess!

climbed fletcher with kiefer. postholing was a pain, but shortlived for colorado winter. we thought we were going to catch a weather up high as we obtained the high plateau of point 13,515, but that was not to be. temps of -5/-10 with a windchill in the -30s made this day lots tougher than the forecast predicted.

hard day, lots of lessons learned.



Kiefer - Dec 28, 2007 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2007

SE Slopes  Sucess!

Forcasts called for high winds, sub-zero temps and snow. Shanahan96 and myself got to experience all three and some pleasant sunshine in the afternoon. It turned painfully cold on the way out as we donned our headlamps. The summit had to have been around -10. As far as your winter summits go, I was surprised at the amount of physical commitment this peak required. But a good, taxing day none-the-less.


shknbke - Oct 1, 2007 1:07 am Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007

SE ridge from Blue Lakes  Sucess!

Hiked Fletcher in some early season light snow with some nifty winds, but manageable. Wish we had better views, but visibility opened up enough to get decent views. Traversed over to the east couloir route on Drift.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Aug 5, 2007 10:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

Southeast Ridge via Blue Lakes  Sucess!

This is probably one of my favorite mountain hikes EVER. The approach full of hanging lakes is just mind-blowing. Heavy snow fields. Just an amazing day. The weather held off for us, too; all we got was a sprinkle of rain, despite early-building clouds. Climbing Partners: Janet & Pazit


seth@LOKI - Jul 26, 2007 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2007

After three tries!  Sucess!

I've approached Fletcher 3 times and turned back from a blizzard from Blue Lakes, and thwumping avalanches from the Mayflower Gulch side. This I climbed teh rock rib left of teh main gulley from Mayflower Gulch. The rocks were slick as snot from perpetual rain the night before. Clouds rolled in and turned me away from Driftwood, but the clouds seemed stable as I descended so I went up the green south wall of Atlantic Peak nad onto Pacific, then a quick visit to the cute little green horn on the way back to Mayflowwer Gulch.


Gahugafuga - Jun 10, 2007 6:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Should've skied  Sucess!

After having to turn back due to high winds last year, came back to claim Fletcher. I climbed some random chute in the cirque along the SE ridge approach. It got ridiculously steep near the narrowest point but made for pretty good practice. I wish I had brought skis, I could've been done in 3 hours roundtrip.


volda2000 - May 21, 2007 11:39 am Date Climbed: May 19, 2007

Northwest Face via Mayflower Gulch  Sucess!

A great snow climb! The views as you top out on the saddle are wonderfull.


ElliottDavis - Jun 26, 2006 3:46 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2004

East Ridge from Quandary; 7 am is fine on top  Sucess!

Damn, I like getting up early! No one around, just the pikas and me.

Big Skies 808

Big Skies 808 - Jun 6, 2006 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2004

A solo summit  Sucess!

Summit to myself after traversing from Drift Mountain, on route to Quandary via the West Ridge.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Apr 17, 2006 3:39 pm Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2006

Southeast Ridge  Sucess!

Skied from the summit, then continued to Quandary Peak.


altitude14er - Mar 17, 2006 5:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

Southeast Ridge via McCullough Gulch Trailhead  Sucess!

I would definitely rate the rige connecting Quandary and Fletcher as Class 3. It was primarily easy but a little hairy in two spots. I only saw one other hiker on the summit journey. Fletcher Mt'ns east face is totally spectacular on the approach! I have a photo of it in my image gallery.


markhyams - Mar 5, 2006 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2003

SE Ridge  Sucess!

A nice alternative to the area. Check it out.

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - Mar 3, 2006 2:34 pm Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2006

West Face Winter  Sucess!

With Eric Holle, great practice on rope work and route finding. What we call Black and Tan Gully on west face. Lots of snow and loose rock. Nice views! 11 hours.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 3, 2006 4:58 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1996

Standard Route  Sucess!

Solo ... late afternoon light on the summit was sublime.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Feb 28, 2006 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2006

Route Climbed: Black & Tan Gully, West Face Date Climbed: Feb. 27, 2006  Sucess!

Approached from Mayflower Gulch with Timothy Pearl, up to the base of the West face. Busted up one of the gullys, back and forth over some of the aretes, and up to the summit at about 5pm. Fletcher for sure this time, not Drift Pk. like last week.


chicagotransplant - Jan 9, 2006 8:42 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!

Fresh snow on the trail in the morning, and its still only August!


mntnplay - Oct 24, 2005 1:17 am

Route Climbed: SE Ridge via Blue Lakes Date Climbed: 23 October 2005  Sucess!

A slathering of early season unconsolidated graphite paved the way to the small, rime-encrusted summit. Incredible views from the crows nest. Quite comfy at 25F with low winds.


jrf - Oct 4, 2005 4:13 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 5, 2005  Sucess!

Cool summit. It still looked like winter when we climbed on this particular day. We had some nice glissades on the way back down. The last 1000 feet was basically solid snow climbing. The last 75 feet horizontal to the summit was a little scary along the top of the ridge with the snow but it was over quickly.


crzyjt - Oct 2, 2005 1:55 pm

Route Climbed: Blue Lake TH to Quandary saddle Date Climbed: May ?, 2004  Sucess!

Fun trip. Tried to summit Quandary afterwards, but storm sent us retreating down couloir to North about 300 yards or so from the Summit.


mdavenport2 - Jun 6, 2005 6:23 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge via Blue Lakes Date Climbed: June 5, 2005  Sucess!

Perfect late spring day with a nice mixture of snow fields and tundra. Upon entering the basin on the miners trail, I went immediately up onto the ridge on the west side of the basin rather than climb the headwall of the basin. This made for a nice rolling climb and avoided any avalanche danger.

The ridge to the summit had several cornices over the dramatic northeast wall of Fletcher. I gave those plenty of clearance. Plenty of snow on the summit ridge which is quite exposed to the north. What a beautiful mountain!

Fletcher is normally a lonely place, but a group of 8 climbers followed me 100 yards behind and joined me on the summit. We were the only ones to climb it and made the summit at the same time.

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