Glad to have this one done, but loved the day!
Climbed up Refrigerator Couloir, climbed down Northeast Ridge. Tons of snow in the basin below summit. Refrigerator was less challenging than expected, ice in the lower chimney made down climbing the NE Ridge a bit iffy. Isolated peak, less than 2 dozen people signed the summit registry in 2016, mine was only the third entry in 2017
Definitely a step up from the usual Sawatch anthills. Thanks to a late-season storm, the couloir was a wretched slog through heavy foot-deep powder, and the traverse on to North Apostle was appropriately spicy. Fortunately, a cool night had hardened up the approach enough that there was no slush-wallowing in either direction. Trip report.
Great views from the top, probably one of the best in Sawatch Range. Interesting climb, easier than expected, last class 3 section before summit is the only real challenge, rest is easy.
Nice hike with Liba.
nice view, great looking mountain, more scree than I expected.
Refrigerator Couloir with Jamie and Mark. Ended up descending most if it too as the normal route was sketchy with lingering snow.
Third time was the charm for Ice. Ascended West Apostle from its west ridge and went directly up the west ridge of Ice. Once on the false summit, I had to descend a couple hundred feet to cross the gully below the snow. Fun, solid scramble! Returned via the SW face crap - not so fun.
Climbed Ice Cubed with my dad. Ice Mountain was without a doubt the most interesting Sawatch mountain I've climbed. Trip Report
Shorter climb than I was expecting from the saddle. Short exposed crux. Great views.
Enjoyed the little bit of class 4 near the top.
Standard NE. ridge. Great scramble! We did a fourth class variation of the crux, about fifty feet left, on somewhat solid rock. Long day, remote, very few people. This is in my top ten best peaks in Colorado!!!
Climbed the Apostle couloir and traversed across the SW face of Ice...fantastic climb on a fantastic day! Included West Apostle
Climbed with Challenge/Discovery trip out of Crested Butte, Co. Lots of loose rock and exposure--a challenge indeed!
Climbed Ice Mountain via NE Ridge from N. Apostle. Nice solid scrambling on the ridge crest. The upper steep chimney (left of the standard gully) was fun. Beautiful weather, gorgeous views!
Long day but more than worth the effort. Would like to do it again via the Refrigerator.
Took the refrigerator couloir to the summit. High winds and bad weather forced a downclimb of the couloir instead of a ridge traverse. Will come back in summer for the apostles.
Took the ridge from Huron all the way to West Apostle, tagging Ice along the way for the second time this year. A 19 hour day. I have a love-hate relationship with this peak and it's fellow Apostles. With Heather and Craig.
Did Ice via the NE ridge. No snow in the gully or on the ridge. Definitely need to test the handholds on the steeper sections of the Class 3-4 climbing as the rock is very loose, and rotten rock mixed in there too.
Summit North: 9:00
Summit Ice: 10:00
Back to TH 3:00
Lots and lots of talus hopping, and some wet rock made for a very slow descent. Long day, but definitely a great time on these peaks, that dont feel like they are in the Sawatch.
In two separate attempts to climb this mountain I was unsuccessful due to deep snow and seriously high winds that pinned us in our tent for 12 hours. Still want to go back someday. A hidden gem.
I'd been eying this traverse since 2005 and finally made it up there. The climb to North Apostle & Ice Mtn was really fun with big talus high up just below the saddle. The traverse to West and the descent were slogs!