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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A great snow climb! The views as you top out on the saddle are wonderfull.
Damn, I like getting up early! No one around, just the pikas and me.
Summit to myself after traversing from Drift Mountain, on route to Quandary via the West Ridge.
Skied from the summit, then continued to Quandary Peak.
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.
A nice alternative to the area. Check it out.
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.
Solo ... late afternoon light on the summit was sublime.
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.
Fresh snow on the trail in the morning, and its still only August!
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.
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.
Fun trip. Tried to summit Quandary afterwards, but storm sent us retreating down couloir to North about 300 yards or so from the Summit.
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.