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
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
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.
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. 🙂
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.