Beautiful but long hike over halfmoon. I will be back to climb the HC couloir when there is a little more snow! :)
4th time up this one, took a couple of friends up the standard route who had never been.
The creek was running kind of high and the 1,000 ft climb back out on the standard route was tough but this was a very rewarding 14er...
Repeated this 14ers with trishapajean, as this was the last one she needed in the Sawatch (and it may be more difficult next year). A gorgeous day of clear skies and sunshine. Made the RT in just over 10 hours, including a cool half hour on the summit. Mostly snow-free.
Last 14er of week trip for me and brother. Nice hike. Previous day we walked 25+ miles but failed to summit snowmass mtn(went up wrong way). We were pretty tired, but still managed to leave at 4:30 am, arrive before 8am and had summit to ourselves with 3 bottles of Paulaner as our victory treat. When returning from summit, 900' gain was a killer.
My first snow climb on a fantastic Independence Day. A very nice climb, perfect for a beginner. I led the bootpack for most of the way up, and loved every second. Descended along the Halo Ridge, which made for excellent views, but left me completely gassed. Elected to come down the trail from the Notch Mountain Shelter rather than navigate the notch, which didn't seem like a good idea for an exausted climber. Skies so clear that I wished for clouds to keep the sun from beating on me. Holy Mosquitos! Bring some bug spray for this one, and try not to stop too much, because the bugs will zero in on you quick.
Spent the night in Notch Mtn's shelter which is something I've been wanting to do since learning of it's existance some years ago. Glad I finally did.
MHC is perhaps the prettiest mountain in Colorado! This was my second summit of MHC via the standard route. Went with fellow SPer and good friend shanrickv (aka Patrick) and had a fantastic, yet long day from the TH to the summit and back. Also had the honor of meeting 6-year Colorado phenom - Kessler!
At age 6 I climbed it with my dad and had a great time.
July 3 2008:
Six year old Kessler left the trailhead in the afternoon and backpacked over Halfmoon Pass and over to Cross Creek where we camped. There were several snowfields to hike across. The stream was really high which made for an interesting crossing. We had a nice camp at Cross Creek.
July 4 2008:
At 6:15 am we left for the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross. We reached the top just before 11 am, but spent over an hour on the summit on a bluebird day. We hiked down the mountain and packed up camp and at an early dinner before climbing back over Halfmoon Pass. We had a second dinner on Halfmoon Pass and didn’t arrive back at the trailhead until 7:30 PM, over a 13 hour day, though we took our time on the climb out over Halfmoon Pass and down to the trailhead. With 4300 feet (1310 meters) altitude gain and 4800 feet (1460 meters) of descent on day 2 the peak was a hard earned prize for any six year old.
Had a great 4th of July on a long climb with good friend, Robert. Did it one day from Half Moon TH.
Pretty forest trails, beautiful meadows full of flowers, and a darned good looking peak.
This was my third time climbing Holy Cross. The bugs were annoying on this hike below treeline. We also included UN 13831, which is a high 100.
This was my first time climbing Holy Cross. The climb back over Half Moon Pass was invigorating!
CLIMBED THE N RIDGE FROM HALFMOON TH...KIND OF A YO-YO ROUTE WITH PLENTY OF ELEV GAIN/LOSS!
Hiked the North Ridge from Halfmoon Trailhead. Had the summit to myself at 8:58 AM. Water bottles started to freeze.
It was a long haul up there, but well worth it.
This was wonderful, snowy experience up Holy cross couloir with a friend and I. It was also my sixth time on top of this wonderful place.
Climbed with a couple of buddies from 14ers.com. Cold, cold morning with mist, fog, and low clouds. Long, painful descent of the standard route, but well worth it.
Beautiful sunny day. Hot even. Still a lot of snow on the mountains, but we didn't come across any on our route. The view of the Cross from across the Bowl of Tears is spectacular, something you cannot see from the standard route up Holy Cross.