Pikes Peak Climber's Log

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jakegarber - May 9, 2016 6:48 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2014

First 14er  Sucess!

Long tough drive to the top :p


Grizzlyclimber - Jan 19, 2016 12:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2015

1st 14er  Sucess!

Summited via the Crags route. 2nd one to summit by foot. of course lots of cars on top by the time i arrived.


yadahzoemtn - Jan 5, 2016 9:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2015

Second Attempt  Sucess!

Tried this one on May 31, 2015 and got turned around by a lightening storm while attempting the winter route. Got it this time

vimana aircraft

vimana aircraft - Dec 25, 2015 4:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2015

Hike through  Sucess!

Up the east side, and down the Crags!!!!


TheWolfIsLoose - Nov 2, 2015 12:13 pm

First Fourteener  Sucess!

I flew out solo from PA to Colorado Springs to have some mountain fun. On my second day in Colorado, I decided to head out to the Pike's trailhead and walk up a ways to check the Barr Trail out. I got on the trail at 8 am, and heading upwards with the goal of just getting to Barr Camp.

I ran into a hitchhiker from Arkansas at Barr Camp who was clearly not prepared for the trip. He couldn't believe I was already at Barr Camp, despite starting at 8 am... He said he had been on the mountain for two days already!! He was planning on camping somewhere around treeline. I suggested that going any higher with his poor physical condition, lack of experience, and lack of gear (all cotton clothing in the rain, decrepid backpack, sneakers, etc.) was probably not a good idea. I was then on my way... I'm not sure what ended up happening with him.

After Barr Camp, I decided I would go to the treeline and reevaluate the situation. Upon arrival at the treeline, I felt really good and the weather, while not ideal, didn't seem too bad. Onward I went for the summit.

Despite not having plans to summit, I was on the summit, in a white out, somewhere around 1:30 pm. Surprise, Surprise!! I had the summit to myself, but couldn't see 10 feet in front of me... oh well!

In the Cog Railroad Shop, I realized I had lost my debit card somewhere between the trailhead and the summit, which meant I had to put all of my food back. They let me keep the fires though, because I touched them with my bare hands lol.

I decided to head down quickly, since it was another 13 mile trek back to the car. At bout 12,500 feet, I ran into a British Army guy on his way up the the summit. He was struggling, and I didn't want to leave him alone, so back up I went... It sucked much worse on the second ascent, as the altitude was now kicking my Pennsylvania ass!

Eventually, we made the top! Two summits and not a single view of the valley below lol. Anyway, the guy was cool enough to grab me a train ticket for the trip down, since I hiked back up with him to the top. All in all, a hell of a day!


damgaard - Oct 10, 2015 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2015

ford focus...  Sucess!

First mountain above 14.000 feet that I have "climbed" in a Ford Focus!


BradBartick - Oct 2, 2015 10:16 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2015

And...done  Sucess!

Did the big run. Ran up Incline in 34 mins, then over to Barr and up to Pikes. 4:15 up, then down Barr all the way to car, about 7:30 total time. I had expected an uninteresting hike but Barr Trail is truly awesome. Long but simply great. BTW I could not sustain a jog above 12k so I had to speed-hoof it which was much better. Hey, cut me a break! I'm human! Not easy to do 20+ miles when the very first mile ascends 2k feet. Lactic acid city! Enough griping.

tripman1 - Sep 10, 2015 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

Snow in August  Sucess!

long hike, just missed the speed attempt climber.


Moogie737 - Aug 26, 2015 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2015

2-part East Slopes  Sucess!

#1 8-21-15 on Memorial Day weekend made it to 13,700' on snowshoes before high winds and an electrical storm stopped us from climbing further. We'd followed the Barr Trail as far as the A-frame. So on our 2nd attempt we rode the Railway to Mtn View and hoofed it from there. Wow - so different sans snow.

nickw1 - Feb 17, 2015 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2011

Barr Trail in less-than-ideal weather  Sucess!

Was visiting Colorado from England and had been hell-bent on doing Pikes Peak since the previous October. Unfortunately the weather was less-than-stable this particular week with daily thunder. Set off around sunrise (6am IIRC) with sunny conditions as far as Barr Camp where I arrived 9am. Tough going beyond there, was feeling the altitude. Beyond the A frame cloud came down and there was light hail, so was deliberating whether to carry on but the trail was good and there were a few people about so I did. Made it to the top circa 1.30pm and had the obligatory doughnut. Weather started deteriorating around 2pm with light snow starting and occasional thunder so hot footed it off the summit, catching up with someone I'd met on the summit. Went down to Barr Camp in rain (thankfully no more thunder) together and spent the night there, returning to Manitou the following morning in thick fog. Would like to return sometime in good weather!


16herdmanr - Feb 8, 2015 1:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011

First 14er  Sucess!

Fun hike with the father on the Barr trail.


dino61111 - Jan 31, 2015 3:18 pm

Camped at the old A-frame  Sucess!

I can still picture the interminable Golden Staircase which finally led to the top. My friend and I camped at the little cabin which really made the peak easier. I can only imagine what doing this in one day must be like. Views out to the plains run for about 100 miles on a clear day. The Main Range is also very visible. I can remember being a little bit annoyed by the people who only "drove" to the top!


captain.ron - Jan 5, 2015 3:01 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2014

Took the easy route  Sucess!

Drove up on a soul searching trip

rockymountain_guac - Oct 22, 2014 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014

DONUTS!!!!  Sucess!

Did the northern slopes route through the devils playground. Got some donuts at the top and had a great 4th of July.

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Oct 8, 2014 8:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2014

Barr Trail  Sucess!

Did this in 2 days with an overnight in a lean to at Barr Camp. My dad came along and we took the train down from the top.


thechemistryquestion - Oct 4, 2014 8:10 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2014

I cheated  Sucess!

I started from Devil's Playground, but it was still 3 miles up with over 1100 feet of elevation gain, so I'm counting it.


mattdalman - Sep 24, 2014 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2014

Northwest Slopes  Sucess!

4th fourteener. Fantastic weather!


Onager - Sep 9, 2014 12:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014

Barr Trail  Sucess!

Hiked in Sat. morning from Manitou Ave because the main parking lot was full, adding another mile at least. Hiked with a full pack to Barr Camp and camped across the way. Met some nice hikers and woke up the next day, hit the trail at 6:30 AM. Made the summit around 10:40AM, back to Barr Camp for the night by 2:30PM. Hiked back out to the car. 28 miles RT with 7,800' of elevation gain.


technicolorNH - Aug 28, 2014 10:44 am Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

Up the Barr trail  Sucess!

Started at 410 AM, summit at 1030 AM. Fifty minute break on top eating food in the mob scene cafeteria and then a five hour descent to get back to my car in the power plant parking lot at 425 PM. The summit parking area had three cars with antifreeze spraying out of them but with the views, I can see why people make the climb/drive. It was well worth it, especially on such a nice day.


AltitudeSickness - Aug 1, 2014 8:40 am Date Climbed: May 8, 2000

Nice Hike  Sucess!

Nice hike up to summit.

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