Snowdrift Peak – Rocky Mountain National Park

Peak:¬†Snowdrift Peak¬†(12,274′) – Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: November 11, 2017
Trailhead:¬†Green Mountain (8,800′)
Approach: Northeast Ridge
Distance: 22.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft.
Wolf, but probably a giant coyote sightings?: 1
Human sightings: 0
Participants: solo
Time: 12 hours

Route Overview (click to enlarge).

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Wandering the Southern Weminuche

Peaks:¬†Sheridan Mountain¬†(12,795′), Sheep Mountain D (13,070′), Point 13,105′ (aka “Peak 22”), Emerson Mountain – West (aka “Peak 21” – 13,085′), Emerson Mountain – East (13,140′)
Date: July 17, 2017
Where: Weminuche Wilderness
Trailhead:¬†Endlich Mesa (11,600′)
Distance:  ~ 17 miles
Elevation Gain:  ~ 5,000 ft.
Participants: solo
Time: 9 hours

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Exploring the Neighborhood – Pagosa Peak

Over the weekend¬†I jumped in the car and¬†headed for the cabin in Pagosa. I didn’t know what the plan would be given the forecast. Didn’t care. Worst case scenario I’d sit in a hammock all weekend, beer in hand, and catch a few sunsets. If I’m being totally honest, I really just wanted to test¬†the new hammock. ūüôā

Pagosa Peak had taunted me for all of 2015. I googled it a few times, but info was limited. Coming from Denver I had a hard time just figuring out the forest roads. Not to mention I wanted to hit¬†it in winter and didn’t know whether or not that was even logistically possible.¬†What could one¬†see from up there I wondered?

Peak:¬†Pagosa Peak¬†(12,640′)
Where: Weminuche Wilderness
Participants: solo

  • August 7, 2016¬†– “Standard” route via the 2WD summer “trailhead” (8,700′): 11.5 miles, 4,000′ gain. (FYI – From the¬†4WD trailhead (10,170′): 3.5 miles, 2,500′ gain)
  • February 28, 2016 –¬†From the winter road closure (8,200′), then standard route: 16.5¬†miles, 4,500′ gain.
Route Overview – winter and summer. (Click to Enlarge)

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A Dynamic Duo in the Indian Peaks Wilderness – by Doug

A nice write up by Doug on our scramble in the Indian Peaks Wilderness in July.

A Dynamic Duo in the IPW – by Doug

Peaks: Mount Neva¬†(12,814′), Jasper Peak (12,923′)
Date: July 22, 2016
Trailhead: Fourth of July
Distance:  10.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,561 ft.
Participants: Doug H, Otina Fox, Dillon Sarnelli

May and June’s Greatest Hits – Jacque to Music, and Some Extra Credit

05-06-16 – Jacque Peak
05-17-16 – Longs Peak – Keplinger’s Couloir
06-01-16 – Otis Peak
06-08-16 – South Boulder Peak, Bear Peak, Green Mountain
06-19-16 – Savage Peak – Savage Couloir
06-29-16 – Music Mountain
07-13-16 – Extra Credit – Mount Orton

Participants: Mat Ballay, Dillon Sarnelli

For most of the civilized world this year began¬†on January 1 when the clock struck midnight. For the few and not so proud who¬†call ourselves accountants, it kicked off¬†on April 15th at closing time. ¬†I had a lot of catching up to do, so when the mountains called, I went. And when your go to climbing buddy¬†has a few months to spare before moving and starting a new teaching job, well things set up very very nicely. Pardon the summary, but Mat and I went¬†on such a tear since Kelso that I really didn’t get¬†much time to sit and document any of it. I’ll keep this one¬†to highlights, pictures, and a good sense of humor.

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