It was sunny, there were some people out and about, another typical warm fall day in the Colorado mountains
Great day out with Richard Kennedy. Had no thought or intent to run down quick…it just kind of happened.
I hardly slept last night & felt pretty rough most of the day…really struggled on the climbs. Was so happy & relieved to finally get on top of our final peak for the day. Started off Missouri pretty relaxed, and started to feel good finally. Hit the first mile down faster than expected, so just went with the flow and started clicking off miles without straining. VMO had felt on the verge of cramping since the climb up, so I just tried to keep things smooth and hopefully not cramp. Feet were still tender after last weeks disaster, so had to be careful there as well. Made a couple of navigational errors and got off course a couple times as well.
I think you have more close views of other 14ers than from any other vantage point. Pretty nice!
Fun seeing some Wasatch Mountain Wranglers up top too…Scott Wessemann and Sam Jewkes.
Lastly, UD Jason Schlarb shorts are amazing!
ridge between iowa and missouri
Sawatch finisher on Mom's birthday! Started too fast (1050 ft in first 30 mins). Got nauseous and dry heaved 5-6 times. Slowed down and made the summit without incident. Very windy on ridge!
good views all around, though so windy we quickly descended from summit...
Beautiful day. Climbed the triple Belford, Missouri, & Oxford. Climbed with Brent Wessel. High energy day. Beautiful weather.
After being defeated by Missouri when climbing Belford and Oxford in June it was high time to conquer it. We started from the TH at 5:00 am and summitted shortly after 8:00 am. Clouds were in the west but nothing materialized. Great views of the Elkhead Basin and most of the 14ers in the Sawatch. The NW ridge was entirely free of any snow which made the crux fairly straightforward.
Standard route through lovely Missouri Gulch, then descended south and back to Elkhead Pass as snowstorm arrived
Everything was going smooth until I got to the climbing section between the summit and Elkhead Pass. A little airy at times but overall fun climbing. And it sent! Be wary of going this way though.
Great day on this fantastic trail into the Elk Head Pass Basin. Did the standard route and even had some decent exposure crossing the upper snowfields on the west side of the ridge. Great, fast snow climb up to the ridge.
We hiked in from the Pine Creek trail and summited in some questionable conditions. We descended toward emerald and didn't walk on a trail for hours. It was great.
Hiked in the late 90s or early 2000s.
What a beautiful day for mid-September. The West Ridge route is steep and the loose rock and soil make for an adventure coming back down. The crux was no big deal and actually was a fun change of pace. However, the route just after the crux is to be taken seriously! All total, I saw at least 15 people coming on and off the summit. I'm glad to finally check this one off the list.
#1 5-28-16 Long snow climb after the first junction. Wonderful morning snow, soft afternoon mush. One dicey section just before the summit. With Lana. Couloirs good with little sign of slide activity. 14er number 27. #2 -7-05-22 W/Lana. No snow, normal route, caught in mild thunderstorm on the descent. Crossed the braided stream in the wrong place on the way up but repented of our mistake on the return. Beautiful carpet of columbines in the lower Missouri Gulch.
Day of rain and mist but was a gentle hike thru basin. Lots of choss to traverse to Elkhart pass.
With Michelle. One of the easier ones we've done. 4 hours at a leisurely pace, snowed lightly on summit and on descent. Goats galore. Ate at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Salida. Plates the size of manhole covers. Fajitas and Carne Asada does a body good. And Dos Equis Amber (no IPA on tap). Ask any Mexican.
Nice tour of Northwest Ridge route. Perfect warm fall weather and beautiful changing aspens. What a great jaunt! A nice moderate effort hike
Beautiful day. We began our climb at the trailhead at 5:00am and summited at 10:00 am. We made it back to the car at 2:00pm. On our descent we spotted a female Elk grazing in the basin.
Standard Route. What a great day! My second time into that beautiful basin.