The Spanish Creek Redemption – Winter Kit Carson

Spanish Creek. For 48 hours it remained untouched this winter until a brave and unsuspecting foursome went to work during the wee hours of Christmas Eve. By noon we weren’t even approaching treeline. We never stood a chance. For the next 30 days Spanish Creek would remain untouched. Peak: Kit Carson Peak (14,165′) Date: January 23, 2016 Trailhead: Spanish Creek (8,260′) Distance: ~11 miles Elevation Gain: ~Continue reading “The Spanish Creek Redemption – Winter Kit Carson”

Make Columbia Great Again

“Scree Hell”. We’ve all heard it. This mountain sets the bar so high, it’s how we measure every other scree descent in Colorado. It couldn’t be that bad, right? Yeah it is. I learned that back in 2012 on a 2 year blitzkrieg to finish the 14ers. It was a solo Sawatch slammer of aContinue reading “Make Columbia Great Again”

Emerald from Missouri Gulch – With a Side of Belford and Lackawanna

In January I summited California Peak with Zambo. While descending the summit ridge I became dizzy and disoriented. “Zambo, is this what altitude sickness feels like?!?” An extra strength ibuprofen got me back to the car. Fast forward to March, I attempted Shavano and Tab with Danny. At about 12,500′ in the Angel my head began toContinue reading “Emerald from Missouri Gulch – With a Side of Belford and Lackawanna”

Shuffling the Seasons on La Plata – A Winter First

By Robert Jansen

A ten day holiday vacation at sea level left me congested not only with excess oxygen, but excess options. A spring or even summer like forecast, and so many choices for a climb! Yale, Antero, Lindsey, Castle and Conundrum, La Plata, maybe even an attempt at LB’s west ridge??? I spent the majority of the time around New Years debating which peak to attempt over the holiday weekend.