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. 🙂

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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A Mummy Kill-er Loop in the Big Park

Peaks of the Park: Mummy Mountain (13,425′), Hagues Peak (13,560′), Fairchild Mountain (13,502′), Ypsilon Mountain (13,514′), Mount Chiquita (13,069′), Mount Chapin (12,454′)
Date:  October 4, 2015
Trailhead:  Lawn Lake (8,540′) – Rocky Mountain National Park
Route: Counterclockwise loop beginning and ending at the Lawn Lake TH via Fall River Road
Distance: 26 miles
Elevation Gain:  9,100 feet
Participants:  Solo mission
Time: 13 hours (including a rain delay, snow delay, and a lot of gaping)
Human Sightings: 2 (descending Fairchild)
Pedobear Sightings: 0

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Tenmile Traverse In Photos – by David Yarian

Another great report by Zambo! Here’s a link to our day in the Tenmile if you want to check it out. Enjoy the read and cheers!

Tenmile Traverse In Photos: Peak 1 to Crystal

  • Climbers: Dillon & Zambo
  • Peaks:
    • Mount Royal: 10,502′
    • Mount Victoria: 11,775′
    • Peak 1: 12,805′
    • Peak 2: (Tenmile Peak) 12,933′
    • Peak 3: 12,676′
    • Peak 4: 12,856′
    • Peak 5: 12,855′
    • Peak 6: 12,573′
    • Peak 7: 12,655′
    • Peak 8: 12,987
    • Peak 9: 13,195′
    • Peak 10: 13,633′
    • Crystal Peak: 13,852′
  • Distance: ~18 Miles
  • Vert: 9,071 Feet
  • Total Trip Time: 11 Hours