Picked a nice day with a breeze cool enough for me to keep the jacket on.
The trail is great until you hit the talus on top. It didn't stop 6 dogs from making the summit today.
Note to self: Next time, take the right keys up the mountain so you don't have to throw a rock through the truck's rear side window when getting back to the trailhead.
A little elevation training with rkymtn and his wife before our Rainier climb in a couple of weeks! It was good to be able to get up above 14k again after all the 13ers I have been working on lately, of course I haven't seen that many people on a mountain since, well the last 14er I did in summer :)
A poor substitute for the snowbound Ellingwood Ridge on La Plata. Fantastic views on a clear day; however, one of the most boring climbs I've ever done. A typical Sawatch rock slog better done in winter. A visit to the chalk cliffs and the drive up to 12,000' were definitely worth it though...
Most memorable part of the climb: CRAZY SWIFTS (birds) cruising at 60 mph around the summit. WOWzer...
Climbed with my wife and chicagotransplant for some Rainier prep. A great day despite some chilly gusts up high.
Climbed with my son.
Climbed with Matt Payne. Camped at the towers. Huge winds. Got no sleep. Left camp at 2am, summited early morning. Crazy winds all the way up. Slush on the way down. Mean day on Princeton, but got some incredible views of sunrise at 13,000ft. Totally worth it!
Too much snow to get through and it took several hours just to walk the switchbacks on the way up to the radio towers. The 4WD road was closed so I had to start at the Jesus camp parking lot. Stopped hiking 400 ft. below 11,000. Going back in better weather.
I took the very steep south Grouse Creek route and camped above treeline. I followed the south ridge and hit snow at about 13,500' but never needed any snow/ice gear. The ridge was slightly sketchy when it turned eastwards but overall it was very enjoyable and I saw no one.
Another one done.
Hiked in from the bottom, close to 5000 feet of gain in a day. Hot Springs here I come!
Took some friends up here for their 1st 14er. Big mistake - long day in the rain. Lesson learned!
Been training all winter and spring, chomping at the bit to get into the high mountains. Whatever this mountain lacks in trail convenience or scenery, I didn't notice as I was just fired up to get to the top and it all looked good to me. Perfect Colorado day.
I did it by myself. Had done this one with Zathan some years ago, but I remember camping at/above treeline in his Bronco, so I wanted to go back to achieve the magic 3,000' mark.
Left the 8,900' Mt. Princeton trailhead (at the corral) at 8.55, starting out with parents. After 5 - 10 minutes they left me to do it alone, while they enjoyed other activities.
Made good time, although the majority of people on the mountain, presumably camped at the radio towers, were already on their ways down as I approached the summit. Summited at 12.54. Hung out at the top, enjoying tremendous views & beautiful weather. Left top at 13.42. Questionable looking clouds started building on descent, but remained benign. Back at gate at 16.35.
Great physical, aerobic, non-technical day with sublime surroundings, meeting other people just enjoying themselves on a nice day reminded me of earlier times, & also one reason why I love the CO Rockies.
Soaking in hot springs afterwards (Cottonwood) never felt so good.
Well, i did it by myself, was the only person on the mountain this morning.
Yuck! My least favorite 14er.
climbed with my mom and our dog Duchess, a lot of snow.
Hiked with Dan, Jim, and Jeff (our 3rd-ish attempt). Scott broke trail for us.
In winter you can't really see how ugly the summit is, and the views were just spectacular.