Bushwhacked & hiked up to the col between Rough & Mestas. Winds were HORRIBLE. Sustained 30mph, gusts 40mph at the col. Long but easy ridge to Mestas.
A grunt up to Rough Mountain. Talks is loose as shit.
It sure wasn't a long way as far as distance, but it was very steep! I had the weather on my side, and made it up and down before some nasty afternoon storms.
My project at work (n Walsenburg) was shut down for bad weather, so I climbed this peak from near the pass and up and over Rough Mountain.
2002 was a very dry year in the area and there was only a few snowbanks leftover from the previous winter and a few inches of new snow.
With Iron Mountain, Rough Mountain, 10367, 9358 & Dump Mountain.