Great day with Kiefer, Brian, and Chris.
A real let down after Ice Mountain. Nothing but a slog up talus. Great views all around though.
West Apostle looks to be more exciting than North.
9/4/05 - Climbed the standard route and traversed to Ice Mountain and then on to West Apostle. This is the standard way to collect all three peaks. An epic day!
6/22/08 - Made a second visit after climbing The Refrigerator Couloir on Ice Mountain.
Climbed with Shanahan96 and Jamie Nellis on a really long slog of a day. The snow conditions weren't too bad, but just enough to make the ascent of the talus between N Apostle and Ice even more arduous than it would be dry. Every step either resulted in a posthole or a loose rock under the snow. We also took a gully we thought would be a good shortcut that had a couple of 4th class chockstones in it and one that even felt low 5th. The summit was great though, and the slopes above the saddle were actually completely dry.
Came up Apostles Basin in rain/snow, starting before dawn. Great scrambling to a nice centennial.
Made the traverse from Ice with some fun route finding and then a great snow descent off of North Apostle. Looking at other pictures here I'm glad I did this in early June to have the glissade down.
9 hours roundtrip from 2WD.
As others have noted in this column, North Apostle is not too exciting after climbing Ice Mountain. I love this area of the Sawatch though. The approach views are spectacular, and even better in the afternoon.
After West Apostle and Ice Mountain, North Apostle was a bit anticlimactic. At the saddle, a thunderstorm caught me and made my ice axe buzz, one of the scarier moments on a mountain I've had.
Climbed with my wife Kate. We had no problem finding the way to the summit as the trail appears to be used quite a bit now. We opted not to do Ice because of the new snow and the lack of proper gear. On descent we met a guy who had bailed on Ice because of the new snow.
Started from the 4wd Winfield TH and reached the summit after 3hrs. I had no trouble finding the right trail thanks to the info here, although the three apostle trail is more like 120 steps past the apostle basin/lake anne junction. I had some trouble finding the right route to the basin between Ice & N Apostle though. From there it's a long haul up boulders all the way to the summit. Beautiful weather and no other people. Continued on to Ice and the Apostle Traverse.
I climbed this with a group of 15 Christian men from all over the US. It was without a doubt a highlight trip
for me!! We camped in beautiful meadow at the foot of the mountain and had a great dinner and prayer time beneath the stars. The next day was sunshine and excellent climbing conditions. Very unique route
with some laborious bouldering but the rocky summit
was well worth it. A great trip.....I highly recommend it!!
Climbing N Apostle was a welcome class 2 hike after our ascent up Ice Mountain back in July. N Apostle is a perfect preview hike for researching Ice and is worthy destination in itself. The view from the summit is one of the better ones in the Sawatch.