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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A Little More Gore – Silverthorne & East Thorn

Approaching the saddle between “Zodiac View” (12,505′) and “Mount Silverthorne” (13,357′) on a fine Saturday morning in the Gore Range.

Peaks: “Zodiac View” (12,505′), “Mount Silverthorne” – a.k.a Willow Benchmark (13,357′), “East Thorn” (13,333′)
Date: July 18, 2015
Trailhead: Gore Creek
Distance: ~ 15 miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 6,000 ft.
Participants: Chris Cronick, Dillon Sarnelli (guest appearance by Kristine Chalk and Kona)

This summer’s been a little different than year’s past for me. No real agenda. Hitting the big Park when I can, checking off a Centennial or two when it feels right, even carrying a rope on occasion and adding to the itinerary a top secret cabin in the San Juans when possible.

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Fall in the Gore: Red and Deming

Peaks: Red Peak B (13,189′), “Deming Mountain” (12,902′)
Date: September 20, 2014
Trailhead: Meadow Creek
Distance: 16 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,850 ft.
Participants: Solo mission
Time: 9 Hours
Route Overview (click to enlarge).

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