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.
We hiked all through the night which made for a faster summit. Got to the summit around 5am, and had an hour to rest and enjoy the awesome view plus the sunrise around 6 am was...outstanding. It was my first 14'r. Thanks Trev.
A long day (4:10 up, 3:30 down), but a spectacular climb with a stunning summit. I must not be nearly as fit as gurlyclimber ;) - I found that 1000vert ft ascent at the end exhausting. I'm definitely planning on one (or both) of the couloirs next year.
Left the TH just before sunrise, 5:50 MDT. 4 hrs, 1 min. to the summit, travelling very light. Mild, sunny weather and great views, especially of the Elk Range 14ers. Failing to trim my toenails sufficiently the night before made the trip down take just as long as the trip up--live and learn! But I had the summit all to myself for 15 minutes. A beautiful hike and a challenging climb.
Most beautiful climb in the Sawatch by far. I was really impressed not only by the scenery, but by how steep this one was. Cool clouds and fog added to the fun.
Great climb!! Started at 12:00 AM and summitted just before 5:00 AM. We waited around on the summit until about 6:00 so we could se the sunrise. I climbed with Dylan Wann, Alex Wann, and John Sandlain.
What a beautiful place. The hike was fantastic. We started from the main lot and finished the same day. In spite of what poeple say, the uphill on the hike out is not that bad. The summit was quiet. We arrived at the top at 8:00 am. There was no wind whatsoever and nothing but sun. Out of the 23 14ers that I have done, this summit was the most peaceful. As we were descending, the hordes were heading up. 2 hikers were missing while I was up there. I hope they were found. Beautiful peak and HOLY COW!! I've never seen so many hot men on a peak in my life. Between the beautiful scenery, both men and natural, my sense of sight was completely overloaded.
Very long day. This is one of the most beautiful 14er's I've hiked. Recommend the Halo Ridge, as you're very high for a long time with a beautiful emerald lake a couple thousand vertical below you. Similar to Longs in that respect. It's less technically challenging, but also gruelling because of the distance and the additional 1000 ft. ascent toward the end of the day if you return via the N. Ridge route.
Unfortunately I didn't make it to the summit this time but I will be back. After the grueling approach I got to the mouth of the Couloir before being hit be a loose rock falling and hitting me in my shoulder. The injury wasn't severe but it was my ice axe arm and I didn't want to climb with a bad self-arrest shoulder, so I turned around.
Hiked solo from the Halfmoon trailhead. Very Nice hike and great weather till I got back down to the treeline - rained for a bit but cleared back up for the hike back up and over halfmoon pass. 6:45 car to car
What a sweet climb! I climbed it with my bro, Alex Wann, and Trevor Simmons. We started climbing at midnight and summited just in time for the most beautiful sunrise I've ever seen--it was well worth the climb in the dark. It was an awesome bonus to a total wild-man adventure!
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.