7/9/06 - Traversed the ridge from Tweto. Did this short and easy hike on a very rainy summer day when more exciting plans were not reasonable.
1/13/16 - Winter ascent of North Ridge with Natalie.
Made ascent with good climbing buddy Ed. Had been stormed off a couple of times before. Previous trip was in zero/zero fog on the North Ridge.. very eerie at 13K with no visibility. The ridge drops off pretty abruptly near the top. On summit day we did most of the North Ridge, then dropped down into a trashy couloir on the West face. Big mistake. Made the summit anyhow... my advice would be to stay on ridge. Much nicer. A great Tenmile/Mosquito summit. Perfect October weather.
Fun scrambling on the traverse from Tweto. Still fairly dry on this side of these peaks, I never even needed the gaitors. This was my 100th out of the top 200, felt good to hit the halfway mark!
Beautiful day and great climbing on the ridge from Tweto. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
3 hours roundtrip.
Great name Tim! A long hike above 13,000, great views of many peaks. Scrambling along the N. Ridge was an exciting surprise, with Tim and Ben.
Arkansas by the North Ridge. Continued on to Tweto, Treasurevault, and Mosquito with Eric and Ben. Great day with a fun route. A bit too much wind above 13K tho.
The north ridge is an exciting scramble for those tired of the same old "walk-ups". I climbed this with a CMC group that was doing roped snow climbing practice with crampons, prior to some other climbing tour in a more exotic location. A couple of us not participating on that upcoming trip were allowed to climb regardless, although with ice axes.
Starting from Hwy.91 to the north, we hiked south for about 1.5 miles to a small saddle, marked 11,823' on the Climax topo. While you can head Se up the slopes from here, this group was here to climb snow, so we did a climbing traverse for .25 mi. to the southeast to intersect a shallow couloir that drains into French Gulch. this shallow couloir was snow-filled and at a steady angle of easy to moderate snow. Because this was the CMC, and safety was paramount, those not roped, including myself, scrambled up the rocks and tundra along the couloir, the leader not wanting us above or below the fall-line that they were honing their snow climbing skills in.
We made good progress and rejoined each other at the top of the NNE and NNW ridges, and proceeded to climb the narrow, solid ridge to the summit. The rock allowed for fun scrambling moves in exposed places, or easier traverses, for those not so daring. On the descnet, the whole party was "permitted" to glissade the ascent snow couloir, since the sun had now softened the surface. Mount Arkansas is a beautiful climb, and more challenging than many of it's higher neighbors.
Fun climb and excellent views! Note: please try not to do too much damage on this one; since there isn't a real trail to the summit you end up sliding through and dislodging a lot of talus and scree. Hopefully the fact that this isn't a "14er" will keep most folks off it....
We originally intended the NE ridge, but that looked like it might need a rope! I'd love to hear about whether that ridge had been ascended by anyone. The false summits are quite surprising as advertised!
One of the best mountains I have ever done. Gorgeous autumn day. Loved it.