Fun scramble up the west ridge followed by lunch with the ravens at Pacific Tarn, then on to Atlantic and back down to Mayflower Gulch.
Fun, mellow day. Summated Atlantic again too. Hiked with the roozers.
Lonely at the top this July. I expected to see more friends but alas Pacific was peaceful. I had a nice view and boot ski down to what I understand is officially the highest lake in the contigous US (According to limited research on my part, Lake of the Sun at 13,780' is in the Crater of Nevado de Toluca volcano, is the highest in North Amercan) I've also heard that there is a "lake" (that some nuts have gone into with scuba gear) under Mount Ranier's icy summmit. If these are actual lakes, it would seem that these would be above 14,000 feet and therefore higher. Anyone know?
3 in a day! heres the repeat story...
I've approached Fletcher 3 times and turned back from a blizzard from Blue Lakes, and thwumping avalanches from the Mayflower Gulch side. This I climbed the rock rib left of the main gulley from Mayflower Gulch. The rocks were slick as snot from perpetual rain the night before. Clouds rolled in and turned me away from Driftwood, but the clouds seemed stable as I descended. I didn't like the rotten Chamonix looking traverse to Atlantic, so I went up the green south wall of Atlantic Peak nad onto Pacific, then a quick visit to the cute little green horn on the way back to Mayflowwer Gulch.
Great climb on a great route. Excellent views from the summit! Descended the normal McCullough Gulch route
Number two of three peaks for the day. What a great peak! I loved the views while climbing this route. Passed solo climber with the same route as us just in reverse order.
6/12/09- climbed the north couloir with sarah and dwight. the recent snows gave the couloir a softer top layer instead of the expected hard pack after the bend. we measured it at 52 degrees after the bend. it got steeper after that(55-57 degrees) but i don't know if it touched 60 degrees or not.
1/26/07- climbed the west ridge, and oh man it's one beastly winter climb. lots of class four with a low five crux. the ice and snow force you places you don't always want to go. bring your axe AND crampons!
Summited with my friend Jake after we summited Crystal Peak. Nice ridge walk between the two with a nice finish on Pacific. We had both peaks and everything above tree line in Spruce Creek Basin to ourselves. Great day!
Skied from the summit! From Crystal Peak.
Steep snow traverses and avalanche awareness required for this route at this time of the year! Very enjoyable. Over to Atlantic and down.
Good snow up, nice traverse to Atlanic, and great glissade down.
Nice summit view.
We climbed the West Ridge quickly on this superb summer morning. The Class 3 scrambling on this peak is fairly easy yet this route should be given respect. If you got offtrack on the ridge the difficulty of climbing could get a lot harder. Don't expect to find any cairns to lead the way. The ridge shows no sign of man.
Climbed this with Atlantic from McCullough gulch. One of the best basins in the front range.
Highest lake I have ever seen, Pacific Tarn!
Great day (a little rain), didn't come close to the summit. Route finding took more time than I anticipated. Millions of wildflowers on the way down.
Nice climb with lots of loose rock.
A fine scramble with plenty of lose rock to keep your attention.
Nice hike and snow climb. Summit was windy with a bit of graupel. Headed to Atlantic and then down McCullough Gulch, across Wheeler trail to the car.
After taking the wrong route last year which lead to getting cliffed out and then weathered out when we got back on course, this was a very sweet summit! Fun route, mostly class II in my opinon, minimal exposure and moderate route-finding. Climbed with member altitude14er.
Nice day, nice climb.