Notchtop Mountain Climber's Log

Viewing: 1-20 of 27

JesseSumrak - Aug 11, 2019 5:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

Tops Traverse  Sucess!

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!


BKiser90 - Aug 10, 2019 2:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

The Tops Traverse  Sucess!

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.


McCannster - Jun 17, 2018 7:00 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2018

via direct south ridge  Sucess!

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.


BLong - Sep 13, 2017 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2015

Spiral Route with Relief Train  Sucess!

Great moderate alpine route in RMNP! I added some further description under the Spiral Route page.


SarahThompson - Aug 2, 2015 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Awesome summit  Sucess!

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.


MattK - Feb 10, 2015 8:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014

Spiral Route  Sucess!

Fun day.


wmolland - Sep 10, 2013 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2013

Spiral Route  Sucess!

Not a whole lot of technical climbing on this route but it's fun! And it's a short hike from the trailhead.


jfulcher - May 14, 2013 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2010


At the time, I thought the summit was on the divide.

Brian C

Brian C - Jul 12, 2012 7:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012

Spiral Route  Sucess!

Climbed with John and combined with the mornin' finish, Ptarmigan Point, Flattop and Hallet. Great day.


Kruck - Aug 9, 2011 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2011

Great peak  Sucess!

Possibly my favorite in the park. In every season.


JoeyBagoDonuts - Jul 14, 2010 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010

Awesome views  Sucess!

The view of Longs framed perfectly in the notch is something I won't soon forget.


shanahan96 - Jul 3, 2010 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2010

controlled spiral  Sucess!

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!



coljayms - Oct 31, 2008 12:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2004

Crusing the Flats  Sucess!

Several tops and Sprague made for a really long day


jwclimbs - Nov 28, 2007 2:01 am Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2007

East Face Ice  Sucess!

East Face in perfect AI/WI conditions! Sweet Climb!

Jim Clarke

Jim Clarke - Nov 15, 2007 7:48 pm Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2007

East Face Primo Alpine Ice  Sucess!

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!

Timothy Pearl

Timothy Pearl - Nov 14, 2007 9:02 pm Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2007

East Face Rules  Sucess!

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.


brandon - Jan 5, 2007 9:33 pm

some 5.8 route

fun stuff, removed a couple scary rap stations on the descent.


miztflip - Aug 24, 2006 1:41 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2006

Spiral to the Divide  Sucess!

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.


tdoughty - Aug 14, 2006 5:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006

SE Gulley  Sucess!

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


heather14 - Aug 6, 2006 4:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006

Southeast Gully  Sucess!

Took the easy route today...would love to try the Spiral someday!

Viewing: 1-20 of 27
Return to 'Notchtop Mountain' main page