Started around 5:30AM. Trail already carved out to Sky Pond. Crampons and ice axe helpful for bottom of couloir. Sun warmed the upper section. Lots of loose snow avalanches seen on Taylor Peak, Taylor Glacier, and Powell Snowfields during ascent. Followed Continental Divide to climb Taylor, Otis, Hallett, and Flattop as well. Back at car around 3:45PM.
Continental Divide traverse from Flattop to Powell and back down Flattop trail to Bear Lake.
More of a slush-swim than a snow-climb. Trip report.
Great views of Mchenrys. Thatchtop ridge looks legit!
left glacier gorge TH 3:45ish to black lake... took interesting line up arrowhead, traverse to mchenrys to powell to thatchtop..
top day with an old friend..
6/28/09 - Climbed the steep Taylor Glacier and summitted Powell, Taylor & Otis before descending Andrews Glacier. Awesome day in the park.
9/14/18 - Traversed Thatchtop -> Powell -> McHenrys -> Arrowhead.
Struggled up Powell with an ankle injury after going up Taylor via Flattop. After struggling to top of Powell, I put my knee out just above the glacier. Not the most fun day.
First I hiked up Thatchtop and onto the NE Ridge of Powell. The ridge was fun, but I only found about 1/10 of the mile long ridge to be scrambling, and of that only about 40 feet of true 4th class. The S side of the ridge provided some amazing views. I finished over Taylor, up Otis and down Andrews Glacier. Car to Car 6:43.
Taylor and Powell after going up the Glacier - left me exhausted. I decended too far down Powell on my way back and ended up skirting around Taylor for what seemed like miles.
Very cool little summit. Spectacular scenery. Weather held to traverse all the way from Flattop.
Climbed in combination with Taylor
Weather turned sour too quick to add another 2
Peak #5 of 7 on the day, the traverse from Thatchtop looked much more interesing than the one from Taylor. The change in the ridge from N->S is amazing though(sheer walls). The down climb to the Notch was easy, just follow the gulley to the grassy ledge and traverse.
Total ascents = 2. First time from Bear Lake via Flattop, Hallett, Otis and Taylor. 2nd time on the successful Glacier Gorge Traverse.
My first climb with crampons, I nearly killed myself on the upper part of this route. I got on some snowy class 3 rock after bailing from the ice because of aching calves, and took off the crampons. I was dry-tooling like a madman, trying to reach a ledge where I could put on my crampons again. An impromptu intro to mixed climbing. I wallowed, alternating postholing and floating, around Taylor to come down Andrews glacier, finding a frozen Andrews Tarn, and made it back to the car some 11 or 12 hours after starting.
I climbed this with a good friend, Howard, from Estes Park. We went up Andrew's Glacier and traversed around Taylor to Powell Peak. We didn't reach the summit until early afternoon. It was cold and windy with occassional ground blizzards from a recent snowfall. We returned to Andrew's late in the afternoon and since it was icy on the way up we decided not to downclimb without a rope...instead we went the long way around to the Flattop trail and back to where we left our car at Glacier Gorge Junction. The only reward for going the long way was to be on the divide just after dark and be able to see both the lights of Grand Lake and Estes Park (and lights out on the flat lands).
Long traverse from Taylor Peak. I left friend with a bum knee on top of Andrew's Glacier to get help. He ended up being helicoptered out the next morning.
We traversed from Taylor to Powell on the Divide after an ascent of Andrews Glacier, my favorite summit of our three peaks that day. A trip report is available here.