climbed Ypsilon as part of the Mummy Mania traverse as described by Roach. Beautiful mountain with great views.
This was my first ever hike in Colorado. Having come from KS less than a week before, can you say: "NEED OXYGEN?!" Seriously, it kicked my butt from the get-go... my competitive drive kept me trekkin. We first summited Mount Chapin, then Chiquita, then Ypsilon. The group started 20 strong, was 18 after Chapin, and was only 10 by the time we hit Ypilson. Yep, I wasn't the only one from SEA LEVEL in the crew! As I look back at this day, I laugh. I hiked in normal tennis shoes, and CARRIED (no pack) 2 nalgene bottles. Yep, I've come a LONG way baby! Enjoy it!
Ypsilon isn't the most fun we had during Mummy Mania, but it is the peak I'm most likely to repeat. I must get to Spectacle Lakes someday!
The clouds broke after descending from Chiquita and afforded some cool views of Ypsilon, but the clouds returned when we were 10 minutes from the summit and didn't break up for about 2 hours. There was about 2-3 inches of fresh snow on and around the summit above 13,000 feet or so.
Hiked Mummy Mania with Erin, Ryan, Andy, and John yesterday. We had beautiful weather and a great hike.
Reached the summit, along with Chapin and Chiquita, as part of a week long trip climbing in CO. Very worthwhile half day hike. Great views of the entire park!
I climbed with Nelson. We decided to second-guess Roach on the return leg and tried to downclimb Donner Ridge all the way to Spectacle Lakes. Big mistake! It didn't go and we wasted about two hours trying to find our way off the ridge.
Climbed Mount Ypsilon to acclimate for Longs Peak. Saw some bighorn sheep on the way down close the "The Whale". Met a great gentleman from New York that was practicing for a Europe glacier trip. It was great to hear about his experience in South America and around the world.
Combined this with Chapin and Chiquita for a pretty good hike.
Fun scramble with an occassional rock pitch...we stayed as high on the aces as possible and perhaps encountered a 5.7 pitch, then descended the Donner Ridge (a worthwhile climb as well) for those who want a more relaxing way, you could station a car at the base of Mt. Chapin on the old Fall River Road.
I love this mountain...I have climbed it many times, and will climb it many more, Im sure. It's just a beautiful trail, and you can be back in Estes in plenty of time for lunch. A nice short day, in a very beautiful place!
Great views of the Mummy Range with no one in sight.
I completed Gerry Roach's Mummy Mania traverse which takes in Chapin, Chaquita, Ypsilon, Fairchild, Hagues and Mummy over 16 miles and 5700 vertical feet. Highly recommended for those seeking abuse and solitude.