This was a huge day. Steve Gladbach finished climbing Colorado's Fourteeners per winter today!!!!! He's the 4th person to do so.
Was privledged to accompany him up Evans through some brutal winds alongside his brother, Bill, Mark, Greg, Darin Baker, Kevin Baker and Sarah Thompson.
A sunny but ~18 mile RT day with excellent people!
Evans via Bierstadt and Sawtooth. Remind me to never climb another mountain that has a paved road all the way to the top. Battled several van loads of tourists trying to find the "high point" after spending over 5 hours getting there. Would recommend just stopping at the West Summit to enjoy the views. Its only a few feet lower in altitude, and will probably be empty.
from echo lake, another looong day
9/20/03 - Sawtooth Traverse from Mount Bierstadt (started at Guanella Pass).
1/2/11 - Windy winter ascent from Echo Lake.
2/28/11 - Another windy ascent from Echo Lake, this time with Steve Gladbach as he made history by becoming the 4th person to complete Colorado's 14ers in winter! Slipped on some ice on the road during the descent and my sunglasses cut up my face when I faceplanted... requiring 11 stitches.
3/7/15 - From the Guanella Pass north side closure with a fun group of 10 friends. Bluebird winter day, shockingly dry up high despite recent major storms.
Hiked up to Summit Lake from the trailhead at Echo Lake and past the Chicago Lakes. Summited Spalding and Evans.
Also my first 14er (and second Colorado summit behind Spalding)
Ran a half marathon from Echo Lake to the summit of Mount Evans in 3:31. Slow, I know, but fun!
During a trip to Colorado I went to Mount Evans the day after a big storm went through the area.
Attempted two times from the west, but got stormed out. The road was closed at Summit Lake and ended up running up the road from there.
Had a nice little hike with a good friend. A bit windy though
Surprised to find that the trail through the willows is much easier to follow than 5 years ago. Good day!
When given a half day, we headed up some ramps and a gully on the north face of Mt. Evans. There were a few fun 4th class moves at the top. Mt. Spalding was an easy bag on the hike out.
Great loop. Decended through the willows, which wasn't all that much fun. Luckily it wasn't too wet, but it wasn't too hard to imagine. When coming down the gully, the cars sure do look far away.
summit lake > spaulding > evans
Nice views before sunset.
Biked up from Idaho Springs. Whoosh -- really took it out of me -- a lot harder than I anticipated.
Awesome day with no threat of storms. This route has a bit of everything. Descent back to Guanella took way longer than I thought it would.
From Echo Lake, Chicago Lakes, Mt. Spalding route with my oldest son. Ran most of the way up to Chicago Lakes. On the way down five emergency vehicles were driving up, with sirens on. I wonder what would have happened.
Did the "easy" northeast face from Summit Lake after camping at Echo Lake the night before. Fitful sleep at high altitude seemed like it was going to be a problem, but it helped a ton early on in the hike. Topped out from the steep route at about 10am, but scrapped plans to loop over West Evans and Spalding due to the gusty winds. Other than gusts and cold(!), it was a gorgeous day with great views in all directions!
I just did a drive up on this peak so that I could get some acclimatization for my hikes next week. A beautiful peak. And the best part.... we saw a huge herd of mountain goats along the way down.
Looped from Summit Lake to Spalding to Evans. Very foggy, but I'm glad I didn't turn back!