Rough hike up Mt Bierstadt, Colorado on Sunday morning.
Very windy & cold but good workout
Along the trail to Grays Peak. I turned around about a mile away from the summit at 12500ft. I wasn’t really expecting that much snow. Towards the end I was knee deep in snow if not worse. Time to start carrying winter gear I guess…
There are 58 Peaks of +14000ft in Colorado. I’ve now hiked / climbed 57 of them. Culebra Peak (the private 14er) is left. I have mixed feelings about paying $150 for the permit and the place is closed for the season anyway so I have to wait for October 1st.
Little Bear peak is a whole different animal compared to the other Colorado 14ers. Very short in terms of distance but very steep. There are essentially three parts;
1) An 800ft climb in a steep gully full of rocks
2) A long hike on the southern slope going up 1000ft
3) Final climb through the infamous ‘Hourglass’
I met a group of climbers on my way up so I had some good company for most of the climb.
Since I’m finally on vacations I thought I’d start by a weekend in the mountains. The plan was to hike / climb Ellingwood Point and Blanca Peak on Sunday and do the infamous Little Bear peak on Monday to avoid the crowd. Still lots of smoke from the recent forest fire so the sky wasn’t particularly blue but overall a great weekend…
This group of +14000ft mountains required a little bit more work than usual. After driving for seven hours we took the train (narrow gauge) for a little while until a drop off at Needleton. Then we hiked…
These mountains (mostly Sunlight & Windom) are more technical and have more exposure than your regular 14er but are so much fun 🙂
- Climbed North Eolus and Mt Eolus on Saturday 26th
- Climbed Sumlight Peak and Windom Mnt on Sunday 27th before hiking the 13 miles back to the Purgatory trailhead. We failed 1.5 miles before the TH and setup camp for one more night in the wild…
There was a fox near North Eolus playing / fighting with a marmot. The marmot ended up scaring the hell out of that fox 🙂
I also have quite a few shots of a mountain goat at the very summit of Mount Eolus.
Overall a great & long weekend of backpacking / climbing to bring my total number of 14ers to 54. Four to go…
Since I was in the neighborhood after climbing El Diente Peak and Mt Wilson I thought I’d try Mt Sneffels…
August has been crazy busy. Trying to finish all the Colorado 14ers I have left.
So far this summer; Wilson Peak, North Maroon Bell, El Diente Peak, Wilson Mountain, Mt Sneffels, N Eolus, Eolus Mountain, Sunlight Peak and Windom Mountain.
I’ve climbed / hiked 54 Colorado 14ers out of 58. Getting there…
Hiked / climbed North Maroon Peak last Sunday. A bit foggy but great climb.
Photo selection with comments. My shoes are awful for technical climbing I must say so I need to fix that problem before the next one.