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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In Search of Snow in the Big Park – McHenrys Peak

Peak:¬†McHenrys Peak (13,327′) – Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: October 30, 2016
Trailhead:¬†Glacier Gorge (9,180′)
Approach: South Slope via Stone Man Pass
Distance:  ~ 13 miles
Elevation Gain:  ~ 4,200 ft.
Participants: Will Robnett, Dillon Sarnelli
Route Overview (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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An Ohio State Alum and a Penn State Alum Walk Into a Bar – Kelso Ridge

Normally I try to stick to¬†2¬†criteria¬†when writing a trip report: 1) Write about a peak that isn’t well traveled,¬†and 2) if possible,¬†try to keep it timely. Well, I guess I’m throwing protocol out the window on this one. ūüôā

That said, if you’re still here, thanks for reading and at the very least you’ll like the pictures!

Mat and I scrambled up¬†Kelso Ridge on Torreys at the end of April as a snow climb. It was a great¬†day out in the hills on a new route for both of us and the first¬†of 5 or so mountain outings we’d do¬†this spring.

I’ll preface this TR by saying that as an accountant, tax season gave me a good ass kicking this year. I had a few more outings this winter than the norm, but in all reality, my last big¬†day out was in January on KC with Natalie. I wouldn’t call Kelso Ridge a big day, but it sure was a fun day, an excellent mountain therapy session¬†with a great partner, and an outing that¬†helped me quickly remember why we do what we do out here.

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