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.
9 thoughts on “Mount Arkansas”
Jay – MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Looking forward to seeing you sometime in 2016!
Love it, Dillon! So fun for K, K, & myself to spend 6 hrs with you! Great recap and awesome pics, buddy! See you soon.
Brando! Agreed, and way to long of a gap between outings. We’ll work on that in 2016 since Sawyer’s now ready for the San Juan Centennials. What a great morning with ya’ll! Looking forward to our 2 post climb meals and beers on the next one! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Nice outing! Where did you find legal parking? I tried two or three Marches ago, and there were signs from the mine “no trespassing.” Heavy winds last weekend!
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Steve, Merry Xmas! I remember you saying that once. There’s a pull off just past the bend after Fremont pass that’s fair game and even plowed! Got your email while I was in Nj over thanksgiving and am just now remembering that I never responded. I’m a terrible person. 😀Hope you partied hard over the holidays!
Is this the route you took? http://www.14ers.com/usercontent/13ers/routes/maps/201108040848543_topo1.jpg
Adding this one to my winter list and just wanted to ask about that slope to gain the ridge, looks like it has some low 30s, but thinking it may blow clear a lot of the time.
Jennifer, thanks for the comment! We actually hit the ridge very early. A direct shot south from where you park. No wallowing in that drainage to the west. Most of the steeper section was windswept and it’s very short, probably low 30’s like you said and that one spot you see me going straight up is completely avoidable :). Pictures 1 through 4 are that initial slope to gain the ridge,
Thanks for the info Dillon! Very helpful.
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