By the time I finish this trip report it’ll be calendar winter. TR’s on the .com have long since dropped off into hibernation. The forum posts almost seem intelligent and even respectful. Soon it will be Christmas and New Years and bowl games, oh my! Heck in 10 days it’ll be tax season, but who’s counting.
48 hours before the shortest day of the year, Brando, Kristine, Kona and I found ourselves in a small pull off just off Fremont Pass. The objective, bicentennial 13er Mount Arkansas. Unfortunately, there would be no blue snowflake for Kristine, but I think she still had a good time. 🙂
Arkansas is a quickie. 5.5 miles round trip, 2,750′ vert, and little to no avy danger along the north ridge. This makes it a great short early season and/or winter outing, even in ankle breaker snow and a wind enema!
We opted to stay low to keep Kona bonona happy, but Brando, having done this route previously, mentioned that up and over is a fun little scramble.
Told you it was a quickie…
Chalks, thanks for making this happen. Next outing, 2 post climb meals!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all. Cheers to the winter solstice and a safe 2016!
Thanks for reading.