It was a nice day, still a lot of snow on the route so I used crampons to hurry my way up so I could get moving on the traverse.
Training hike in beautiful environment. Went in afternoon and saw only 2 others coming down through willows. Otherwise quiet and calm alone. Quickly up and down. Tried to run all the way up, but still not ready for that.
My first fourteener of the year. 2 hours up and 2 down. Beautiful weather.
quick up and down from Guanella Pass, first to summit before the hords, light snow and windy on top
Another climb with the Boy Scout Troop. Very windy up on top near the boulders. Sunny day, great weather!
A little more than two hours to the top from Guanella Pass, then across the Sawtooth Ridge and up to Evans. The Sawtooth was really great. Going up over the middle tooth was lots of fun. Heading up to Evans from there was kind of boring though.
Climbed with Haliku - a quick ascent to gain the Sawtooth to Evans. It was a beautiful day with excellent weather.
7/4/11 - Climbed with my wife via the Western Slopes. We reached the summit on a gorgeous day (one of the best I can recall) in less than 2 hrs. Ran into Governor Hickenlooper and, we think, Senator Bennet on our way down.
Climbed with rkymtn as part of our goal to do the Sawtooth ridge. The bivy at the TH sure beat driving up from Denver at 3 am. An easy climb and a beautiful sunrise. My 3rd and hopefully last time on this 14er.
Climbed it with Old Guide as our annual 14er climb. Varied weather.
The weather alternated between cloudy and being in the clouds. Winds were moderate and just enough to fill in the tracks making the way down more interesting. Very crowded as the parking lot was full and vehicles were parked along the road.
gorgeous area, tons of company. did the evan's traverse.
Started on Evans road at the Epaulet saddle and descended the gully to the Lake Fork valley. Ascended Bierstadt from just above Abyss Lake. Took the Sawtooth over to Evans and back down the road to the car.
Climbed this one last year. I hurt my ankle, so it was a long way down the mountain and back to the car. Ugh. ;)
This is not the first time I climbed Mt. Bierstadt but it's the first time I did it with the intention to take Mt. Evans via the Sawtooth Ridge with my team. We were successful! :D
When we got to Mt. Evans, had offers from tourists to take us back to our parking as a storm approached but we didn't care to. Instead, we went back the same way and got hit by rain and hail. I slipped 40 feet down a path but managed to find an unused trail. My friends knew I was "ok" when they heard my coded whistle (always carry a whistle with you). We made it back to the car with bit of hypothermia and discovered that I had a flat in the rear passenger tire. Hahaha!! What a SUPER Great Day!
The next weekend we found ourselves exploring the Maroon Bells.
My first successful spring snow climb - but along with it came a learning experience. Chose not to take the snowshoes, had a great ascent but by the afternoon the snow became soft and post holed (I think I used that term right) for about 1 1/2 hours with the car in sight. Drove home in my underwear with the heat blasting because my pants were soaked.
No shortage of people on the way up when I descended. It was a clear day with great vis. No wind.
I grew up in Evergreen and have climbed Bierstadt 15+ times including in the winter, solo, night time, across the "Sawtooth", from the west, as an altitude "speed" training for Nepal, etc. My favorite was with my younger brother on the 26th of December (2001 or 2002?) when we summitted at 2300 hrs (11PM). Wanted to add this to my summit logs. Although it's a "trainer", go prepared- I've been on the "Tooth" when lightning was hitting Bierstadt and am lucky not to be a ghost. Having been trained by an Alpine Rescue Team trainer, I can vouch that it's still a deadly peak. Watch the weather, and enjoy those west slopes in the summer- the wildflowers and alpine views are awesome!
Climbed West Slopes. Continued on across the Sawtooth to Evans. Weather was great - super stable. On the descent got an education in the willows...
Peak number 2. Didn't go across the Sawtooth, too spent once I hit summit. 52 more to go.
seems like this mountain goes straight up with little redeeming qualities other than you've climbed a 14er. I summitted in the winter, maybe it would be better in summer.
Have climbed this a few times. Summer of 02 and then twice in winter type conditions for prep to Deanli. Just having the cold, wind, altitude, and heavy pack. Always a good trip.
Great day! Climbed with my mom on my birthday...her first 14er and she loved it!!