As usual when I'm in the IPW it was windy...VERY windy! Almost couldn't keep your feet on the top. But well worth it.
Great day, the bare ridges of vast tundra exposed me to the wind, and at about 11,000 feet we noticed a thunderhead forming above us. There are about 4 false summits advancing 1,500 feet over the end of the tundra, don't be fooled!
My brother Mike's first real alpine summit (driving up Mt. Evans didn't count, and Death Valley's Telescope Peak is not a true alpine peak)-- tough on him but rewarding, and windy. Bring a windbreaker for this even if it's warm and still at the trailhead.
Beautiful views, but it was really windy that day adding quite a chill and a lot of resistance on the hike up. Overall it was worth it!
Incredible view from Mt. Audubon - well worth the climb
Beautiful day hiking, awesome views from the top! It was CRAZY windy though!! I was very glad to hunker in one of the rock shelters for a rest. :-)
Super fun day in the IPW.
Fun route taking the Southeast Ridge up. Not a single other person, bright blue sky and absolutely no wind. Taking the East Slope Trail down was another story. 50+ people, strong winds and monotonous trail. Should of traversed to Paiute to avoid the crowds. At least I will know next time. Overall, a perfect day to spend the Fourth of July.
Thunderstorms in September? It made things interesting - but as or more beautiful than anything I've seen on the Fourteeners yet.
An easy ascent via East Slopes, no snowshoes necessary. When you reach the saddle between Audubon and "Notabon", take a peek over the edge to the Coney Lakes basin below. It's a spectacular sight. Watch out for the wind that comes screaming up from the basin, however. I almost got knocked back onto my butt! (I attempted to climb Audubon in May via this basin, but the snow was too deep w/the long approach I had) A glissade down Crooked Couloir, described as "very steep gully" in the route description, is highly recommended if snow conditions permit. Be sure you have an ax to control speed on this one, it is very steep, and is almost 2,000 vertical feet! We probably could have put on our snowshoes when down in the basin, as the snow was pretty soft at 11am and still very deep. Snowshoes will be unnecessary in a few weeks... A great route all-around.
I've been on this ridge three times. Weather turned me back at the notch the first time-I quickly descended into the east face cirque to dump altitude. Second time was the charm. Snow helps make this route easier, covering the scree and talus down low, and allows a quick descent/ascent of the south facing couloir into the notch if you're so inclined. The 'Headwall' out of the notch was mostly turf on my June, 20 ascent. Third attempt exceeded my partner's comfort level at the notch. Bring a rope to rap if you're worried about this notorious downclimb, although I went without on all my attempts. Also ascended from Paiute's connecting ridge in September?, 2004. Simple third class scramble, with insane wind.
Great fun in the snow and rewarded with very calm winds at the top. Perfect climbing day.
My first 13er. I was 15.
9/10/2011 With "Notabon"
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.