Climbed Flattop, Ptarmigan, Notchtop, Knobtop, and Gabletop. Due to weather, we decided to descend down Tourmaline Gorge. Bit of a scramble getting down with loose footing, but we made our way through the brush and hit Odessa Lake before the rain came down. Made our way back to Bear Lake Trail Head. Great outing!
Flattop, Ptarmigan, Notchtop, Knobtop, Gabletop all on a cloudy morning with my friend Jesse Sumrak.. Left Bear Lake trailhead at 5:00 a.m. The sunrise was stunning. There was no wind but lots of overcast. We descended down Tourmaline Gorge. We used the big chute that is just west of Gabletop. Near Tourmaline Lake we climbed the little ridge just south of the lake and traversed over to the other small drainage in the gorge. Eventually we found some cairns but they were not that helpful. Popped out on the west side of Odessa Lake and made our way back to the trail and to Bear Lake. The rain started coming down while we were at Odessa around 9: 30/10:00. It rained the whole way back to Bear Lake. We were soaked.
Great 5.9 route up the South Ridge. The mountain itself is very impressive from the south aspect, but barely has any rise from it's saddle with the point on the divide.
Great moderate alpine route in RMNP! I added some further description under the Spiral Route page.
8/3/08 - Via the Spiral Route, which was fantastic. Very exposed finish to the summit! Roped up for the short but intimidating traverse on the descent.
8/1/15 - Via the South Ridge. Simulclimbed first few pitches to the start of the business. After that I led odd pitches and Dom led evens. Got way off route at the end and did a licheny finish somewhere on the west face. Scrambled off. Very fun cimbing on awesome rock.
Not a whole lot of technical climbing on this route but it's fun! And it's a short hike from the trailhead.
At the time, I thought the summit was on the divide.
Climbed with John and combined with the mornin' finish, Ptarmigan Point, Flattop and Hallet. Great day.
Possibly my favorite in the park. In every season.
The view of Longs framed perfectly in the notch is something I won't soon forget.
climbed the spiral route with the mornin' finish(5.7) w/A.J. the rain storm the previous night had us worried, but the sun was out this morning providing us with excellent climbing. all the instructions say the route is 5.4 yet we didn't bother sticking to the path of least resistance leading us through some interesting, and fun, pitches. the crux on mornin' is exhilarating to say the least, and the position is spectacular!
Several tops and Sprague made for a really long day
East Face in perfect AI/WI conditions! Sweet Climb!
Full Value alpine classic in RMNP with Tim "The Bulldozer" Pearl who "plowed" through the deep stuff for hours up top like some super-human Super Slog Maestro!!! Great "thunker" ice pitches. Highly recommend!
What a route in prime alpine condition! Couldn't help but share it now that I've seen it. With Jim C. Descended south via Flattop.
fun stuff, removed a couple scary rap stations on the descent.
My wife and I took advantage of the great weather today. We climbed the Spiral Route, traversed to the divide and peak bagged along the divide before returning via Flattop trail to Bear Lake.
The Spiral route was fun and easy. It made for a great outing in an outstanding setting. We roped for two pitches and found the rock to be solid. The hanging meadow was an awesome place for a snack. We had intended to finish with mornin' but someone else was on it. The traverse to the saddle was a breeze (not sure what all the fuss is about) and we finished on a great ledge leading to the divide.
Chinook winds kept us from the sprial. We did traverse out from the top of the gulley 5 pitches to the summit. Then climbed to the divide walked south to flatop mt. and descended via its trail. nice day's outing with P. Dowdy and C. Sanford
Took the easy route today...would love to try the Spiral someday!