Lots of loose scree. Descended from the start of the east ridge in the talus gulley. This was a bit more stable. Great weather and had the summit and Herman Lake all to myself.
A lot of scree but beautiful views!
Fun scrambling day on East Ridge with Jordan and Eric. Drove through blizzardy conditions on the Front Range to find clear skies over the divide. Crazy! Definitely recommend this in the winter.
Tim, Jordan and I climbed the East ridge on a super cold, windy blue bird day. The summit was perfect, without any wind! Jordan and I continued on to Hasslle Pk.
Couldn't get over the divide to meet my friend since the tunnel was closed, so I went up Pettingell. Very cold and windy, but a nice day. Had to avoid loaded spots above the lake.
I climbed over to Pettingell from "The Citadel" with slowpoke. It was a long day and I made it even longer by nearly climbing to the summit of UN 13,215 before turning around due to nearby cloud development. Pettingell's North Ridge turned out to be quite a scramble!
Climbed via ridge connecting with the Citadel. Continued down to Herman Gulch by following the divide (east ridge) down to the saddle below Woods Mountain. A long day!
Me and "Asphazell" hiked up to Herman Lake at night with headlamps. We camped near the lake and started this climb at 5:30am. A cold morning and amazing glissade from summit to lake!
There had been a snowstorm the day before, so it added a bit of winter to the climb. Enjoyed spending some time at Herman Lake after descending the south route.
Not sure why, but we traversed from the Citadel on an incredibly rainy day - the kind where it just rains steadily all day. We were wet but not cold enough to care. The traverse took a lot of concentration since the rock was wet and slimy. One 15 meter rappel was required to overcome a 5th class step.
We went up the east ridge, which involves some scrambling and route finding. We came down the south west ridge to return to Herman Gulch.
Wife, dog and I. East Ridge with descent of South Slopes.
Morning snow hung around the summit all climb, couldn't see much in the snow and fog but it was an enjoyable outing none the less. I was supposed to be skiing Vail, but the lack of snow this month delayed their opening so the snow was actually welcome!
First I hit point 13,418 and then continued up the S. slopes to summit. I descended the N. Ridge. Really starting to enjoy doing these peaks by myself. I didn't see anyone moving past Herman lake so I felt like I had the whole place to myself.
Super easy day.
BTW. . .if you stay on the ridge to descend or ascend the headwall, that sucker is 5th class! At least the way that I went down the crack was. Everything else seemed to be 2+. It was no more difficult than the 2+ Ridge on Edwards.
Still quite a bit of snow. A really nice summit view in all directions.
Skied from the summit!
Only regret was that the scrambling portion wasn't longer. We were practically by ourselves in Herman Gulch. Funny how after Labor Day, everyone forgets there's still viable hiking.
A beautiful warm fall day. My friend John and I took a half hour nap on top and descended the east ridge for some fun.
CDT not built yet
This was one of those legendary fall days in CO. Not a single cloud. We started at noon, and had a perfect day.