Peak(s):  Mt. Oklahoma  -  13,845 feet
Date Posted:  10/08/2012
Date Climbed:   10/07/2012
Author:  talusman
 Oklahoma in the Fall   

This has been a rough summer for me. In June, the Waldo Canyon fire had us evacuated from our house for nearly a week. Our house was fine, but mentally, that was a difficult experience.

Waldo Canyon Fire from My House

And then in early August we got news that our doberman, Annabelle (aka best dog in the world), had a very aggressive (and somewhat rare) form of cancer, malignant histiocytocis. We started a trial study of a new drug that puts us at CSU, Ft Collins one day every 3 weeks. We're still early in the treatment and it's not clear how well it's working.

My accomplishments for the year include: 7 14ers w/repeats , 3 13ers, 4 backpacking trips including Four Pass Loop, and multiple rock climbing outings.

I did not realize I had a 3-day weekend until the last minute. My friend Mike, who's working on his centennials, had plans to do Mount Oklahoma (souteast slopes) on Sunday, so me and another friend, Jonathan joined him.


There was very little snow on the ground, but all of the creeks and springs were starting to freeze up and made for slick crossings in a few cases.


The scenery on this route was fabulous.

Elbert and French

Deer Mountain (Right)

The Basin between Massive and Oklahoma

A Half Moon Over the Half Moon Trail

After splitting off the Halfmoon Creek trail, there was a bit of route-finding in the trees. We had a GPS route loaded that we used to make sure we were staying on route. Surprisingly, we managed to stay on route the entire time and only used the GPS to confirm we were on route. We even crossed the first creek at the exact same place on the way back.

Creek Crossing #1

That Scree Slope Doesn't Look Bad

Topping Out on the Scree Slope. Steep and Loose = Suck

Mike on the Talus Slope

Mike Topping Out

Jonathan Topping Out

Although, I'm not sure Mount Oklahoma is named after the University of Oklahoma, it makes sense given it's location near the Collegiate Peaks. Either way, being a University of Texas fan, I had to flash the Hook 'Em Horns. Immediately after, I begged the mountain gods for forgiveness and a safe descent

Hook 'Em Horns

The summit views were spectacular.

Summit From South To West

Snowmass and Capitol

Pyramid and the Bells


The descent was rather uneventful with the exception of a very careful descent of the scree slope. I had used microspikes on the descent which made it much easier.

Scree Descent

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Comments or Questions
Nice work!
10/08/2012 18:15
We must've missed you coming up the backside of Massive--looks like you probably got a bit later start than us. Hope you enjoyed the views (and chilly weather) as much as we did!

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