Snowdrift Peak in RMNP has been on my radar ever since a failed attempt in 2013. That outing was a classic example of how to unintentionally haze your friends when they travel out to Colorado. My buddy Brad, having just landed in CO from DC, found himself at the North Inlet TH at the crack of dawn on a bitter cold September morning ready to take on something called Snowdrift Peak with me. The first snow of the season came early and unexpectedly the night before. One of us may have been wearing trail runners. 8 miles in we were sitting at Ptarmigan Lake wondering why the lake was in the wrong spot. Later we would contemplate that maybe there weren’t actual trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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
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 theContinue reading “Exploring the Neighborhood – Pagosa Peak”
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