Summited from Mt. Manitou. The farthest southeast summit was really fun with a difficult finish to actually stand on the summit boulder. A Class 4 move with 15' or so of exposure. Great fun!
My 9-year old and 12-year old have been bugging me to take them hiking, so I took them to Rocky. We had originally planned on doing the Barr Trail route, but after they saw the Incline, they wanted to do that. Took them an hour and 20 minutes, but after a break at the top of the Incline, they were ready to make the summit. Great climb and it was my kids' first summit!
Funny that I had done Rocky Mountain a couple of times before in June and July, but on the 29th, I was looking to summit Mount Manitou to the north. I had printed out a map from the InclineClub website which described some J-pipes sticking out of the ground. Guess they missed a J-pipe (it was missing from the map) and I got turned around. I ended up bushwacking Rocky Mountain from the north. Even though I had been up to the summit twice before, I didn't recognize it! Must have been too early in the morning, and besides, I had just sucked wind for 48 minutes on the Incline just before. Took pictures, and it wasn't until that night that I realized that I summitted Rocky Mountain again! Jeez. It's a great little mountain, though, and one I'll do again. Thanks for putting up a great web page!
I've done the incline many times. It's a great training spot. I've only been to the top of Rocky once, though.
Started incline 0530, completed in approx 45 minutes. Took break at top then continued to Rocky Mountain Summit in approx 20 more minutes. Very narrow trails, seem to be rarely used. Last few feet scrambling up rocks, amazing views although it was very cloudy and cool. Saw a mule deer on way to summit.
Climbed this via Barr Trail to No Name Creek (8.5 miles and 3500' gain), then up the road to the experimental forest area. I ended up missing this turnoff and going up Barr about a mile too far. Did Manitou first, then postholed across the broad ridge to Rocky's summit. I will have to come back and do the more exciting sub-summits. Nice views up there.
Great day finding my to the top with my sister Carrie. For a 48 year old nun, she did a pretty good job.