I loved this climb and must say that it now resides on the top of my favorites list! We started at 12:00am and summited at 5am, putting us in front row seats of the prettiest sunrise I have ever seen. This was also my first view of the vast mountains of the wild and rugged Colorado wilderness from a 14,000ft summit. I enjoyed the company of wild men John Sandlian, Trevor Simmons, and brother Dylan. I am hooked and may never go back to a normal life.
This is a stunning area, and the cross is a great climb. I wish my camera hadn't broken during that stunning sunset over the Gores the night before the climb...
After a crazy night of little sleep (forgetting my thermarest at home, trying to find the climbers trail to lake Patricia around midnight, getting caught in a nasty thunderstorm, losing a member of our party who had the tent, and sleeping under a big rock) I was planning on foregoing our plans to climb the cross couloir. In the late morning, I climbed up towards the Bowl of Tears in search of our missing friend. When I saw his tracks leading up the Cross Couloir and the morning clouds burned off, I got sucked in. I didn't start up the couloir til about 10:30am and the snow was very soft. There were huge steps kicked in the snow from people ahead of me and the climb seemed pretty easy because of this (still tiring of course). Had I ever started to slide, I'm sure my ice ax would have done little good given the softness of snow (its pretty steep at the top). Summited around noon and descended via the North Ridge and dropped down into the Patricia basin to get my gear from our bivy spot. Turned out to be an awesome day weather wise ... just a few sprinkles around 4pm. Very fun snow climb.
Spent the night on Notch Mt, summited via Halo Ridge the next day. Halo Ridge is long but the views are incredible. Well worth the effort.
This is a long day hike. Start early or stay in the camping areas at the bottom. Remember the return trip goes over another saddle near 11000. Watch the afternoon storms. One of the greatest peaks in this part of Colorado.
Closed the bar in Minturn with Alpine Master. Made it back to camp at like 2:00am and started hiking at 7:00am. Still drunk and Alpine Master puked the whole way, but this trip proved what we can really do when we decide to "just do it". Summited, no pictures, hiked out, drank straight creek water and made it back. Check out his trip report. He was puking from a hangover all day and even up to 300 feet below the summit. I'm not that proud of how stupid we are, but we reallized how much farther we can push ourselves when we want too.
Long climb for one day. We made it to the top the my dad thought that descending Teardrop would be a short cut that ended up adding even more hours. Started 7 am ended 8 pm thanks to the shortcut
This was a long brutal hike. Check out my trip report. Quite entertaining.
I climbed this with asphazell after a night of drinking the 5,625ft. elevation gain was brutal !!
Beautiful mountain, however disappointing to lose so much elevation on Halfmoon pass. The views up here were incredible. Would like to come back for one of the couloirs.
After only getting 3 hours sleep and being hungover (girls can be a distraction, huh?) I met the CMC, I and rode to the trailhead hardly raring to go. One of the cars in the group actually ripped a gash into it's gas tank on the road to the trailhead, delaying our start (and ruining his day!). Our group was to backpack into to a camp near east cross creek, but we took a side diversion en routefrom Half Moon Pass up the north ridge of Notch Mountain. After setting up camp and eating dinner, I was in my sleeping bag by 7:30 p.m. The next morning was clear and we hiked the standard north ridge route to the summit, descended and packed our camp and then took the agonizing climb back over Half Moon Pass. Getting to the pass before a thunderstorm hit, we finished the descent in a steady rain.
2 day, camped at the lake, cold...
A very long day with alog of elevation gain/loss. Round trip was approximately 8.5 hours, and I really felt it. This was my only mountain so far that I felt a degree of AMS on. The last portion back over the pass was killer.
My 9th Fourteener. My friend Arthur came along to conquer his first mountain ever, and he handled the elevation probably better than I did! Beautiful day; never had to worry about the weather.
This was the year the Colorado Rockies had so much snow, and we were in deep snow much of the way on this climb. Ice ax saved my life on steep ridge at one point. Aaron and I climbed together this time. Attempted it a week earlier with party of four but were turned back by the conditions. I recommend this route for the spectacular views, not that the other routes aren't beautiful too. We returned by the more standard, north ridge route, which was definitely easier. A long day!
I loved the elegant rounded lines of this mountain; perfect. The Halo ridge seemed long and was tiring as I was carrying too much gear. I finally made the summit mid-afternoon. I stopped down at East Cross Creek to filter water and eat. This area in the dying light was almost magical. I climbed to Halfmoon Pass and spent the night before returning to the trailhead the next morning.
Wow, what a beautiful mountain. Had originally intended to climb the Angelica Couloir, but it looked kinda like a well used bowling alley, so we decided that was a bit too much objective hazard, without helmets. The North Ridge is still a great hike though. Very beautiful surroundings, wildflowers were awesome this time of year. A camp at East Cross Creek makes this a very enjoyable summit day.
Did this mountain in one day with an early start from the Halfmoon TH. It was a very rewarding climb, and as Roach says, I did maximize the impact on my body. Caught some rain and lightning (count of 1 from flash to thunder) from Halfmoon Pass to the trailhead on return route. A tough but rewarding day.
It's interesting: this is one of the nicest fourteeners; I love the mountain, love the area, have done the mountain twice, and both times had bad climbs! It was as though my legs were made of lead--I was in good shape, too--go figure; it makes no sense to me! First time was with Aaron; the second (1997) was with Elizabeth. On both occasions the weather was perfect--definitely the nicest fourteener of the Sawach!