Meandering the Divide: Bear Lake to Powell

Peaks of the Park: Flattop Mountain A (12,324′), Otis Peak (12,486′), Taylor Peak B (13,153′), Powell Peak (13,208′)
Date:  October 17, 2014
Trailhead:  Bear Lake РRocky Mountain National Park
Distance: 17.8 miles
Elevation Gain:  ~ 6,000 feet
Participants:  Solo mission
Time: 8 hours

On Friday morning I woke up late, rolled into the “office”, moved the mouse, and with a little help from a picture on my desk, made a game day decision to go outside. For those of you that don’t know me, my profession is accounting (taxes to cut to the chase) and October 15th while it’s no¬†April 15th, can still be a huge pain in the @ss! A much needed break from the monotony was in order and Indian Summer was knocking on the door.

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April Showers Bring May Blizzards: Winter on Hallett

Zambo approaching the Continental Divide. Mother nature has other ideas.

It’s been quite a whirlwind of weather, outings and new climbing partners¬†since getting¬†back into the full swing of things. East Partner in the the Gores, New Mexico’s high point, Silverheels, Hagar, “The Citadel”, and a Crystal outing never to be spoken of again, just to name a few, and all within the past month or so.¬†With another cataclysmic weekend weather forecast, and a “ski” trip to the Elks and/or the Gores not exactly safe or logistically possible¬†without a long wait at the car¬†for that guy on his snowshoes, Zambo and I decided it was best¬†to stay close¬†to home¬†and hit the Park. Thoughts of Taylor Peak from Bear Lake danced in our heads. Along the way we could take in the views from Flattop, Hallett and Otis. ¬†It had the makings to be a great morning if we could just get that small weather window that had been¬†forecast for Saturday AM.¬†After much thought, we left for the Park and decided we’d get up to the Divide and play the rest¬†by ear based on conditions. At the very least it would be time well spent getting to know the Zambino and there is technically¬†no such thing as a bad day in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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