nice ridge climb, can be as easy or up to about class 3, as desired.
I proposed to Amy in front of the shelter on a beautiful afternoon. We spent the night in the shelter alone with a fire, champagne, wine and cribbage. The perfect celebration!
I blasted up the trail to cache some firewood for the big weekend...
The day after summitting Mount of the Holy Cross, we did what any sane people would do and followed the well-built trail from the top of Half Moon Pass all the way to the top of Notch Mountain to enjoy the view of the cross couloir. Partner: Jill.
Climbed with my very-soon-wife-to-be Sonya the week before our wedding for our last mountain adventure as an unmarried couple. Fun!
Did the classic Halo Ridge route mainly to climb Holy Cross. Picked up Notch Mountain, UN 13248 & Holy Cross Ridge as well.
The final leg of the Halo Ridge. I have no idea if the route I found across the Notch is the correct route, but it worked. From the south summit, I followed the ridge along until encountering cairns where cliffs block passage to the notch. I backtracked then downclimbed a steep, loose gully on the west side that appeared to fall into oblivion. Halfway down the gully, a down-trending ledge on the left side allowed exposed 3rd class access to the scree fields below the notch. From there, traversing and a bit of Class 2+ climbing got me to the true summit. Almost gave up before finding that improbable gully.
Took the "direct assault" route from the cabin down a little class 4. I made one attempt to drop down and find the ledge, but got cliffed out and gave that up. Still never saw a good traverse once on the other side. See picture.
Climbed as part of the Halo Ridge over to Holy Cross
Climbed with our son and some friends and their two early grade school sons.
Had a great day, long hike for little legs, but they were troopers!
We had a mini baptizm service on top, in a rain pool.... burr!
Awesome view of Holy Cross.
Incredible day to remember always!
A warm-up for us every year. A great hike, great views, great (and some not so great) memories.
After hiking Holy Cross the day before, we dropped our packs at Half Moon Pass and headed up Notch. My Dad stayed at Half Moon Pass while Tom and I ascended up the mountain. Tom Stopped at the saddle while I continued up to the top of Notch. A few inches of snow accumulated in the Cross making it very apparent. Fun climb and very worthwhile.
From Mount of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross Ridge, Points 13,373, 13,248 & 13,224. En route to Point 12,743. Trip Report
Climbed Notch Mtn after work on the solstice to get some beta on Holy Cross, nice climb with some great views of not just Holy Cross but of the Gore Range and Tenmile Range as well.
Halo Ridge is quite a hoot, but man did I hate all those switchbacks on the Notch Mountain Trail, quite ridiculous!
Climbed Notch Mountain on the big search day for missing climber Michelle Vanek. Hiked Fall Creek trail to intersection with Notch Mountain trail. After climbing to the shelter and enjoying the view, made the easy climb to point 13,248. Returned to the shelter and then traversed to the north summit west of the notch. Climbed to the notch from the west side, it is a very impressive cliff. Returned via Half Moon pass. Unfortunately no sign of Michelle that day.
My friend Arthur and I hiked over the hump of Point 13,248 on our Halo Ridge traverse after summitting Mount of the Holy Cross and Holy Cross Ridge. Fun day, great views into the Bowl of Tears and Holy Cross. Visited around the impressive shelter and descended the Notch Mountain Trail. Beautiful wildflowers!
Climbed solo as part of a climb of the Halo Route of Holy Cross Ridge and Mount of the Holy Cross. Slept in the shelter. Climbed Notch in the morning before setting off on Halo. The move at the top of the south side of the notch was hairy to say the least! Great views of Holy Cross!
Summited Point 13,248 on my way along the Halo Route to Holy Cross Ridge and Mount of the Holy Cross.