I literally thought I was going to be blown away! All you lightweights...beware a windy day on Audubon! Overall, it was an enjoyable day.
After an uneventful approach thru the trees on top of frozen snow, we hiked the snowfields and trail up the eastern slopes. On the descent we had a few nice glissades, but once back into the trees, we lost the trail, plunged to our knees constantly in the afternoon melted snow, and plugged our way back to the raod closure.
Climbed with Georg Betsy on a beautiful, clear day with only variable winds (contrary to forecasts). Amazing views all around, but a bad day for altitude--I recently moved from WA. Sick and lethargic towards the summit and pretty much the whole way out. Some navigational challenges orienteering our way back to the lake, made even more fun (can you hear the irony?) by deep, deep snow in the woods to plod through. Despite being sick, a great trip.
Beautiful day but extremely windy! The CU research station at Niwot Ridge (11,200') measured 50mph gusts... I'd guess winds at the summit around 70-80mph. Fun quick and easy winter hike.
Scary ridge of talus on the way up, but well worth it. Spectacular views from the summit.
Very direct, strenuous tallus climb with exciting exposure near the top. Not as bad as the North Ridge of Neva, but the crux notch is certainly greater than third class, especially with 8" of snow. Summit view is spectacular and well worth the effort. Great trip in fantastic fall weather.
Spectacular views of Indian Peaks after the dusting of snow the previous weekend. The rugged mountains looked particularly dramatic.
No summit register and no USGS marker (that I could find) but the disappointment stops there. Awesome, swathing (is that a word?) view of pretty much all of southern RMNP plus Longs' south face, the Never Summer Range, Lake Granby, and the spiky northern Indian Peaks. This is a popular place, but patience rewarded me with some quality solo-summit time. Next time I bring a buddy and we try the Paiute-Audubon Traverse, it looks airy and exciting!
Outstanding views of the Longs massif and the Apache massif. Went ahead and got the high point to the north while I was there, Roach's 'Notabon'.
Climbed Audubon as part of my own personal challenge to cover the whole ridge from Audubon, Paiute, Toll, Pawnee, and Little Pawnee in a day. Was a great trip (see my tripreport for more information). I covered every highpoint along the ridge and thus went up Mount "Notabon" (see Roach) as well as several smaller high-points along the way. -- Great views of Longs peak from the whole ridge!
Fun winter climb
Started up at 7:50AM reached summit at 9:30, 4 people on top, Perfect weather, Spectacular views in all directions, beautiful wildflowers. Stayed 20 mins, back down to trailhead by 11:30, lots of people coming up. Great morning! My first alpine summit, sweet!!
Very fun class 3 ridge climb. Beautiful area!
What a great hike. Camped on the mountainside in a snow bank. Great Views.
My first alpine summit! It hurt, but we had been hiking in the Flatirons in previous weeks, so we were somewhat prepared.... I look back at pictures and wince at the clothes I was wearing! Ouch!
Climbed this mountain with the Boulder Mountain Club. They paced too slow for my taste. Bunch of slackers! At least there is class 2 stuff towards the summit. I liked the prayer flags at the top, giving it a nice Himalayan feel.
Very cold two night solo camping trip.
There are quite a few photos available here:
I had a few days free, and for some reason chose to spend them freezing my butt off alone in the snow... I took three days and two nights to summit Mt. Audubon(13,224 ft) alone. The trip was great, except I forgot to bring sunscreen and my sleeping pad. I had to use branches from nearby trees for insulation!
The climb itself went well. I started out early, hoping for the good weather to hold. Although it was extremely windy, I managed to make the summit by noon. At the summit, I was sure I was about to be blown off the mountain. Seven hours later, I returned to camp for a much needed nap.
Nice hike, pretty mountain.