My first 14er. Great day! Very windy but great weather otherwise. Climbed with friend of mine. Very good, easy route for winter. Well-marked route all the way around. They aren't kidding about the willows, they can be a pain if you lose the trail for a second in deep snow.
I couldn't have asked for an easier day for my first winter 14er. Thanks to all the SP'ers for putting this together
This might have been the only day without wind since November. A perfect day for the 3rd annual SP Rockies Winter Gathering.
Springlike conditions during SP Winter Gathering. First winter ascent, much easier than expected. Great people, good times.
Sorry I didn't get a chance to spend much time with everyone; however, it was great meeting everyone and putting the names with the faces. It is people like you that make these gatherings successful. Thanks for showing up and making this the best gathering yet! See you next year!
Another wonderful SP Winter Gathering. After attempting to summit on two previous Gatherings, I finally made it. Although I was last to summit, with that many fellow SPrs breaking trail for me, the snow wasn't slowing me down...just the usual flatlander lungs. Great day, beautiful weather, gorgeous mountain views, and great company...it just doesn't get any better.
Climbed with many fellow SP'ers on the winter sp outing. Great company. Weather clear and relatively warm. Will this day set the record for most recorded SP-ascents on a single peak? Usually crowding on route is a pain, but today it was fun to laugh and joke with so many people, finally meeting them face-to-face.
My favorite training peak!
Continued on to the Sawtooth and Mt Evans too
Reached summit alone on beautiful Spring day. Alone on summit for 30 minutes.
Nice day, wind at my back on the ascent, and no wind on the descent. My first winter summit!
After sleeping in the tent, that was setup on the side of the road, I drove the 1/8 mile to the trailhead and parked the car and in the middle of the night proceeded towards the summit. Somehow I was not 1st but 2nd after a bunch of young kids already made themselves comfortable on the summit. Great views, and crisp air that morning....
Se the trip report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/mount_evans
cold blustery day. got my first case of AMS down at the parking lot!
I was just planning on snowshoeing in the area but was suprised at how little snow there was on the mountain and I had the time so I decided to go for the summit! I saw a few people down low but had the summit all to myself. There was a bit of snow down low, not enough to cover the willows but enought that you would want snow shoes or skiis. About half way up the snow was rather sparse. I saw a couple of tele skiiers who turned around here because of lack of snow.
Labor Day Weekend. Snow the night before. Fairly crowded but not too bad.
This was my second in as many days. I should have rested between summits but it was great. I did the Saw Tooth and bonked on the other side.
Great hike...not too difficult. It was a perfect day for a 14er!
I had put off Bierstadt many times, in fear of the infamous willows. Finally did it, in a very dry year, with my daughter, and found that boardwalks had been installed over the soggy places! We went on over the Sawtooth to include Evans, descending by the more northerly route through--of course!--the willows. It was a long day, but very satisfying--and more challenging than the ratings of the peaks alone indicate.