Mount Massive Climber's Log

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vayporz

vayporz - Nov 18, 2005 12:28 am

Route Climbed: Colorado Main Range Trail Date Climbed: June 22, 2005  Sucess!

Started Early and just beat the weather up. Had to glissade to beat the weather down.... :(

mconnell - Nov 5, 2005 2:09 am

Route Climbed: SW Slopes Date Climbed: 2 Nov 2005  Sucess!

Great climb w/ jclements. A tad bit "breezy"!

whatisis

whatisis - Nov 4, 2005 5:35 pm

Route Climbed: SW Slope Date Climbed: July 17, 2005  Sucess!

We missed the turnoff and went clear to Half Moon Creek, then backtracked and went up. The trail up is awesome. I proposed to my now-wife at the top.

jclements

jclements - Nov 3, 2005 12:30 pm

Route Climbed: SW Slopes from N. Halfmoon Trail Date Climbed: 02NOV2005  Sucess!

Climbed with Mark Connell. Snow on the trail in places led us to bushwack. We found the climber's trail but lost it again while still in bushwack mode. Climbed more directly up the western (left hand) buttress of the gully, traversing crusty snow and a few Class 3 moves. Reached the first false summit, then Massive Green, and then finally the peak. Deeper, drier snow up high and wind, hard spindrift. Had to don goggles on the return traverse. Postholed across the ridge, but had to traverse some Class 3 bumps. Signed register. Beautiful mostly sunny day. Great views of the Divide. Got my eye on Oklahoma and Deer now. Tried some glissading down the gully but the snow was thinly crusted and soft. Found the climber's trail on the way back and stayed with it. The upper meadows in the basin were free of snow, and it was a warm day down there. In at 0615 and out at 1515.

Saw a snowshoe hare, grayjays, mountain goats on the slopes below South Massive. Ton of Elk, bulls even in the pastures and roads down near Leadville.

An interesting note: We saw something floating down into the gully while we were just ascending above treeline, it looked like a small parachute. It may have been a bird but it didn't flap or wave around or deviate from the apparent drift of wind. It looked to be white and red. It didn't flutter around like garbage, but made a straight diagonal descent, heading South East, as if it came from North massive, landing in the slopes under South Massive. Didn't see anything on descent.

Mark took pictures, will try to add here or to my profile later.

samajax

samajax - Sep 12, 2005 1:26 pm

Route Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: 8Sept05  Sucess!

Came up by way of the western lakes and across the entire ridge. Found a working Motorola radio on the way down, just in case someone lost one. Contact me sometime. The western route is steep, but it's worth it. Make sure and climb the new route which cuts off to the right way before the trees end. I missed it and contributed to the trail damage on the way back down. Sorry.

Erik Beeler

Erik Beeler - Sep 11, 2005 9:48 am

Route Climbed: Mair Range Trail Date Climbed: 8/23  Sucess!

Ten hours round trip. I took the class two trail down. Only brought two liters of water, two power gels and two power bars. Lack of water and food definately contributed to slow round trip :P

BeginnerClimber

BeginnerClimber - Sep 6, 2005 7:42 pm

Route Climbed: Mt Massive Trailhead Date Climbed: 2 July 2005  Sucess!

A bit crazy as this was my first 14er. Lots of snow to cross. Great view from the top! 53 14ers to go!

tdoughty

tdoughty - Sep 5, 2005 1:36 pm

Route Climbed: east slope Date Climbed: july '83  Sucess!

one of my first peaks in colorado

TomSellick

TomSellick - Aug 31, 2005 6:32 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2005  Sucess!

Hit the three southeast summits and the true summit. This is really fun if you enjoy a little route-finding. We found our way through the trees at 5am; basically you just head uphill through the woods until you reach treeline. From there just follow the ridge.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 25, 2005 9:11 am

Route Climbed: West slopes Date Climbed: August '04  Sucess!

A lot of talus, make sure you don't descend too far to the north.

pacojgarza

pacojgarza - Aug 11, 2005 3:30 am

Route Climbed: East slopes Date Climbed: August-7-2005  Sucess!

I climbed Massive (my second Colorado fourteener) right after summiting Mt Elbert taking advantage of great weather (no storms). Being an afternoon summit bid I was the last one to tag the lonely summit that day after a 4hr and 35min hike.

csmcgranahan

csmcgranahan - Jul 31, 2005 9:21 pm

Route Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: July 31, 2005  Sucess!

Steep! We headed northwest from the summit and went around the north side of Massive Green. We then descended steep scree slopes into the Ampitheatre. Great time!

mntnplay

mntnplay - Jul 18, 2005 3:15 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes from North Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: 17 July 2005  Sucess!

2:45 up under azure skies. The 3 foot high rock cairn for the right turn is on the right side of the main trail. And there are actually two cairns. The CFI trail hits the ridge north of the saddle.

skiitswitch

skiitswitch - Jul 14, 2005 7:50 pm

Route Climbed: From N Halfmoon Creek, Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!

This is the short, but steep route on Massive... they're putting in switchbacks, so Roach's mileage is off. Started 3:00, up 6:15 for sunrise. Gorgeous. trip report to come - did Elbert same day

Nugs

Nugs - Jul 14, 2005 12:41 am

Route Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!

3 1/2 hours to summit for 6 AM sunrise

doumall

doumall - Jul 13, 2005 2:31 pm

Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: August, 2001  Sucess!

2nd 14er!

davebobk47

davebobk47 - Jul 12, 2005 1:52 pm

Route Climbed: Standard from Halfmoon Creek TH Date Climbed: 2 July 2005  Sucess!

This was my second attempt in 2 weeks. I made it this time in 4 1/2 hours. That ridge was a lot of fun but the hike back down after the saddle was rather long. Great views.

belexes

belexes - Jul 12, 2005 11:57 am

Route Climbed: Mount Massive Trail Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!

I had planned to Hike Peak 1 in the Tenmile Range on this day, but my sister's friend, Kate, had planned to do a 14er, so we climbed Massive. The weather was gorgeous: clear skies, not too windy, though it was pretty warm coming back down. It was a good, but very long day.

wwells

wwells - Jul 4, 2005 12:07 pm

Route Climbed: East Slopes (Mount Massive Trail) Date Climbed: June 27, 2005  Sucess!

My second attempt on Mount Massive. This route is enjoyable, but it makes for a long day. The view from the top was fantastic!

Nathan

Nathan - Jun 28, 2005 9:10 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes - Tour de Massive Date Climbed: June 18th, 2005  Sucess!

Perfect day on a fun mountain. Had a nice traverse over to North Massive and back down through the basin.

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