Awesome snow climb. The top out and the view back down into the Bowl of Tears are phenomenal. Much less dificult than I expected.
En route to Holy Cross Ridge, Points 13, 373, 13,248 & 13,224, Notch Mountain & Point 12,743. Trip Report
With Eric Holle. Great day, good snow, descended Angelica couloir with a slushy glissade. There was a single guy ahead of us who must have taken a good tumble: we found 1 work stinx tele ski, 2 ski poles, and a shovel. Pair behind us brought the ski up and placed it in the summit rocks. Dude must have been a bit wigged-out to not get the gear or wait for us to grab it for him... $700-day ouch!
Great day in the couloir, glissade descent of the Angelica Couloir.
A late start left us on the trail without lights when it got dark. Fortunately we only had to wait a short while for a full moon. Don't forget to ALWAYS carry a light!
A long day and my cached water I had left on the way in was not there on the way out. Part of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip.
Long hike in the clouds. Unfortunately no view that day, and I have yet to return to that area. I would like to, to see what it looks like.
Due to some absent-mindedness on my part (going back to the car a mile into the hike to make sure the headlights were turned off & going backwards a shorter distance later on to retrieve my camera which I left on a rock after a photo op) I made an already long hike (5,500 ft. elevation gain) into an even longer one (6,500 ft. elevation gain). The views of the peak from Halfmoon Pass were absolutely spectacular though, and the waterfalls in the area make this one of the prettiest mountain locations I've ever been to. The bouldering from the north ridge to the summit was easy, but we got a little off-course on the way back down. Since it was clear, we could see and recognize over a dozen other 14ers to the west, south, and east from the summit. After almost no sleep the night before, a 3-hour drive there, a long hike, and a 3-hour drive back to Boulder, I was pooped.
Up the rock to the left of the Cross Couloir for about 500 feet, then up the snow in the couloir to the horizontal cross bar, the up the rock to the right of the cross. Nice alpine climb.
I'll never forget this, since it was days after 9/11. We were scheduled to go to Chad's cousin's wedding in Michigan, in which he was supposed to be the best man, but air travel was still pretty much out of the question. We camped at Halfmoon campground with a lot of loud drunk people, so we were tired at 4am wake-up, which may be why CHad had a rough day. This was a SPECTACULAR hike even though we had waves of storms coming in all day - rain, sleet, hail, snow. (Good thing we had our gore-tex.) It was cool to watch them travel over in sheets across from the Elk range. Had a bit of a scare near the summit with surprise thunder/lightning-snow storm...The hump up and down Halfmoon pass is a bit of a discouragement, but well worth the effort!
My last Sawatch 14'er; best in the range. Long and beautiful. Perfect weather.
Tried to summit also in November but ran out of time.
Did this mountain on NO SLEEP! I worked the night before. Got to the top, only one up there and headed back down and met my friend who 'pooped' out at treeline back at the car. I collapsed and had her drive back home. I fell asleep almost immediately. A good day though, nice weather.
Sophia & Larry Creighton
We began our fifteen mile, three day journey, in August of 2004.We were traveling through a land, most only see in postcards.Every step was a mix of pleasure and pain. It is hard to describe how it feels to summit. God truly does reserve some things for those willing to endure the hardship of the journey. Larry approached the summit log and signed for the both of us, as I was fighting the nausea that comes with altitude sickness. He had secretly written in the comments section that a proposal was about to take place. Digging around in his backpack, he pulled out a film canister that must have had an entire roll of duct tape on it. Knowing that his insurance coverage was probably lost in the mail and that he would surely drop the ring down some never ending crack, he moved slowly back to where I was perched. In between my hacking, he dropped to one knee. The ring was placed on my finger as I said “yes.”The romantic scene was not playing out as he had imagined it in the weeks prior. However, I thought it was just perfect!
A peaceful climb on a tragic anniversary
Beautiful day on Holy Cross, only saw a few people for a weekend.
My first fourteener!! I was so pumped to get to the top and the view stole my heart. It began my 14er quest that I still embark on and my addiction to being as high as I can be. We came up cross creek from lower down on Tigiwon, bushwacking up to East Cross. It was very cool.
LOOOONNG Day. Spent Friday night along the Halo ridge trail. After summiting decided it was too rough to descend. Took the long way back to the trailhead and bushwhacked the last two miles back to our tent. Finished close to 9:00pm. Next time I will sleep in the Notch Mountain Shelter (don't forget water) and summit the next day. Great, LONG route.
Pretty simple couloir climb. No problems with the cornice at the top.
A little late in the day the snow was a bit soft.
Long hike, return over half moon pass not as bad as many say as long as you are in shape.