from Guanella Pass again. Next time it'll be a harder route.
Hindsight is 20/20, and I was in idiot. I had moved to CO from TX a few weeks earlier and I was overly excited about the mountains. I set out this day with little more than a light jacket and water. I was wearing a pair of 3-4 year old New Balance running shoes with zero traction. When I reached the summit, it was whiteout and the snow began to blanket the ground as I descended. I made it in one piece.
Took my girlfriend at the time up for her first 14er. Paid dearly for it.
Winter ascent from below Guanella Pass, wasn't plowed so that added another 3-4 km to the thing. Fun day, did it in 8 hours total coming from Iowa the day before (yay not acclimating). The summit had insane winds on it so we only spent about 1 minute on top, would love to do the sawtooth someday.
I liked the traverse to Evan's a lot, it was empty and cold, filled snow and it provided awesome views!
Thrashed through the willows on my first climb of this peak. So much easier now with the boardwalks - easier on the tundra too.
This was my 36th climb of Bierstadt. The first was 7-19-86
This was my first of many climbs of Bierstadt. Some of the climbs have been combined with a traverse of The Sawtooth over to Mt Evans. I've had nice days on Bierstadt, even in the winter, and I've experienced brutal weather. I've been chased off Bierstadt by lightning and one one occasion turned back close to the summit because of cold wind. On that occasion I got frostbite on the bridge of my nose - the only exposed flesh.
July 02, 2006: Wife and I and new dog via standard.
September 16, 2007: Solo via the standard route with a traverse of the Sawtooth over to Evans and down through the wonderful willows.
July 17, 2009: Wife, dog and I via the East Ridge (real fun route), with traverse over Sawtooth to Evans.
Linked Bierstadt to Evans from guanella Pass. Nice exposure. strong/cold winds in November.
Bierstadt was a quick winter summit from Guanella pass. The snow was wind-swept, which made it easy for travel.
Up and over the Sawtooth to Evans
We planned on the Tour d'Abyss, but weather moved in and the Sawtooth was not looking very friendly in bad weather, so we had to settle for Bierstadt. A very fun route that I need to go back and finish.
Long Day from Gomer. Perfect weather. Would not recommend descent via East Face.
Very overcast with tons of snow clouds. Got to the summit with just a second of a view and it was cold. Got a third of the way down and headed into 50mph winds with snow/hail. Nice weather. It was great. I wish the weather would always be like that.
Started at Guanella Pass, waded though the famous Scott Gomer willows before the boardwalk was put in, summited Bierstadt and then did the Sawtooth to get to Evans. Headed back to the trailhead without going back over the Sawtooth. Got to the car just as the skies let loose with buckets of rain.
Left Evans, went across the sawtooth and up the rocks on the South side. I had a fun time going up the rocks and it made it much more enjoyable than going up a well worn route. Came back the same way: down the rocks, across the sawtooth, and up spalding to get back down to the parking lot.
No clouds all day and couldn't have been more fun.
Climbed from Guanella Pass. Clear blue skies but windy at the summit.
Mount Bierstadt 4,286 m (14,060 ft).
My wife and I climbed this the summer of 1999. It was my second 14er and her first. They were just starting to put in the walkways among the willow swamp. Needless to say, we got our feet wet because the planks weren't up yet.