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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The Spanish Creek Redemption – Winter Kit Carson

Spanish Creek. For 48 hours it¬†remained untouched this winter until a brave and unsuspecting foursome¬†went to work during¬†the wee hours¬†of Christmas Eve. By noon we weren’t even approaching treeline. We never stood a chance. For the next¬†30 days¬†Spanish Creek¬†would remain untouched.

December 24, 2015 – Jeremy Kreis, Justin Martin, Will Coleman and myself make it to treeline after 7 hours of masochistic trench building.

Peak:¬†Kit Carson Peak¬†(14,165′)
Date: January 23, 2016
Trailhead:¬†Spanish Creek (8,260′)
Distance: ~11 miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 6,000 ft.
Participants: Natalie Moran, Dillon Sarnelli
Time: 16 hours

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Kicking off the Summer in the Sangres: Mount Adams

Mount Adams looming large over South Crestone Lake.
The beasts of the Sangres.

With¬†my snowshoes on Craigslist¬†and Ben and Brian’s skies packed away for the season, it was finally time to dust off the trail shoes, strap on our 8 lb. packs, and kick off the unofficial start to¬†the summer of 2014. ¬†The Sangres were an easy choice with the amount of snow still lingering around the rest of Colorado, and Adams and it’s surrounding 13ers¬†were more than a worthy objective.

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