Wow, little bit of summer in March. Just insane! It was downright hot at times. We ran into a bit of snow (up to Laraine's knees, my mid-shin, Mike's ankles...) on northern aspects, but it was mostly a very summer-like experience. A lot of "critter parts" laying around in the hills now that the snow has melted. My dog fancied, among other things, an intact elk leg with hoof, fur and all. I carried out a ... we'll call it skull of a "5-pt buck" (pts too small to be 6-pt, too big for 4-pt). Good day!
Climbed with Sarah and Laraine, combo climb with Antero BM from the winter closure gate at road 308. Incredibly dry for this time of year, and a very warm day (65 at the TH when we got back). As if it didn't feel enough like May already, I actually saw a butterfly. In March in Colorado? Has to be the earliest I have ever seen one by a good 5 or 6 weeks.
With Round Hill, Black Mountain, Antero Benchmark, 10350, Limestone Ridge, 8380, H-44 Benchmark & 7740.
Nice walk, not much snow.
Earlier in the day I climbed the nearby Castle Rock then drove on FR 308 and found my way up to the summit of Kaufman Ridge North. The bushwhacking was actually fun.