November 18-19 2016
I had to work late, so Shaylee, Kessler, Kimberly and I didn't start up the trailhead to the Broome Hut until 9:30 PM! We made our way quickly with headlamps to the hut which is located at 11,350 feet.
No one else but me wanted to climb anything, so I set off alone for Twin Cones. I climbed both the north and south cones before heading back to the hut and packing up. It was a little breezy and cold on top, but it wasn't that bad for November.
February 20-21 2015
Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly, and I left to snowshoe up to the Broome Hut, which is between First and Second Creeks near Berthoud Pass. It was snowing hard and the roads were bad, but we felt lucky that we weren't driving in from the other side since I-70 was closed due to the storm and all traffic was being diverted over Berthoud Pass.
Despite the snowstorm, we made good progress up the mountain and it only took us just over 40 minutes to arrive at the hut. We got to the hut just as it was getting dark, so it was good timing.
In the morning, I was the only one who wanted to climb Twin Cones. The rest of the crew decided to stay behind. The weather temporarily cleared, providing some nice views, but with the new snow, I would have to break trail the whole way. I chose a route that would avoid any avalanche danger.
The weather was on and off snow and partial clearing and I made my way towards Twin Cones. I had climbed Twin Cones before, but I left the map in the hut and the visibility got worse as I approached the ridge. By the time I reached the ridge, there was almost no visibility, but I headed in the direction that I thought Twin Cones was. I turned out to be right and during a partial clearing could pick out the summit of North Twin Cone through the clouds.
The climb to the summit was pretty easy, except for the very last part which was a boulderfield which was a challenge with the new snow. After reaching the summit, I didn't spend much time since there wasn't that much of a view. It was snowing, but the winds were calm, which is a rarity at this elevation, especially in winter.
A loud boom startled me, but it was Winter Park shooting off avalanches. I could just pick out the summit of South Twin Cone, but I decided to head back down the mountain.
On my descent, I could see a skier that passed fairly close to me, but other than that, it was a quiet climb, but with many animal tracks in the fresh snow.
As I made my way down the mountain, it began to snow harder and when I arrived at the hut we packed up quickly and headed down the mountain. By the time we reached the trailhead, it had stopped snowing, but the snowplows had blocked us in from the highway. We eventually made it through the snowbank and headed for home.
October 11-12 2013
Beautiful Kimberly wanted to go to a backcountry cabin for her birthday, so Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly, and I hiked to the Broome Hut located at 11,350 feet in the Vasquez Mountains Friday evening. It was snowing on the drive and snowing on the hike, but we didn't have any real problems.
We cooked Kimberly a nice dinner while she relaxed and read.
In the morning, we cooked beautiful Kimberly a nice breakfast. She wanted some quiet reading time so she suggest that I take the kids up the mountain while she read.
The kids and I climbed both Twin Cones while she stayed behind with her books and relaxed. We saw some moose tracks early on and then many bunny tracks.
There were a few spots with deep snow, and some rock scrambling, so the climb took longer than expected.
After climbing the peaks, we returned and everyone had a late lunch before we all headed down.
Now, done the south cone before at some point.
Literally made the 100 foot walk up from the Panoramic lift to the north cone just to add it to the pile.
2/18/2006: South Twin Cone
3/7/2010: North Twin Cone