Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,155 feet
Holy Cross Ridge  -  13,831 feet
Kit Carson Peak  -  14,167 feet
Maroon Peak  -  14,163 feet
Mt. Oklahoma  -  13,845 feet
Blanca Peak  -  14,350 feet
Unnamed 13001  -  13,001 feet
Humboldt Peak  -  14,068 feet
Baldy Alto  -  13,698 feet
Buckskin Benchmark  -  13,370 feet
Date Posted:  11/27/2014
Date Climbed:   11/03/2014
Author:  TakeMeToYourSummit
 Since Sopris...   

Injuries suck!*

Late last spring I underwent ankle surgery... & watched my offseason hiking plans dissolve. I had no idea what type of return to ANY of my favorite activities I could expect! When weeks of missing work - turned into weeks of working with braces - turned into the eve of my 1st trip back up a Colorado big boy! The return started slow... then built on itself... I wasn't going to let this second chance at a fun summer pass me by!!!*

*The disclaimer: Facebook can suck you in!! Even South Park pointed this out seasons ago! The albums I've already created can be most easily accessed through the convenience of this website though... for this; I apologize! I chose the list of 10 based on my favorite unique routes, interesting adventures, or less reported-on peaks... every journey I had into the backcountry this summer & fall were truly wonderful experiences!!! My hope is to inform &OR entertain other mountain addicts with examples of good times up in the mountains! There was a forum topic this summer regarding having a bad season... I didn't post to that one.

Uncompahgre Peak

James' GoPro action from the top (700 feet down?!)

Mount Sneffels

Fun scrambling on the SW Ridge

13,248, Holy Cross Ridge, Mount of the Holy Cross

Kit Carson Peak, Challenger Point

A preview of the ridge above

Mount Spalding, West Evans, Mount Evans

Maroon Peak

Mount Oklahoma, North Massive, Massive Green, Mount Massive, South Massive

Ellingwood Point, Blanca Peak

Approaching Ellingwood (from South Zapata Lake)

Mount Harvard, Mount Columbia

My line up the Harvard summit block

Geissler Mountain West, Geissler Mountain East, 13,001

Humboldt Peak

San Luis Peak, Baldy Alto

Buckskin Benchmark

Devils Playground Peak, Little Pikes, Pikes Peak

With any luck some of the above information was useful... just don't forget to keep punching in the numbers... 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. Feel free to leave me comments if you need more info on a route, hate FB & everything it stands for, or have the current whereabouts of the smoke monster. Don't be surprised if this TR changes as I hope to add pictures and beta as needed... oh & looking at the clock - Happy Thanksgiving!!! I'm very thankful I've been allowed to continue enjoying the things I love!

Comments or Questions
11/28/2014 05:31
How was it from that approach? What was the crux?

11/28/2014 05:33
Sorry talking about Ellingwood/Blanca

Re: Beta (EP/Blanca)
11/28/2014 16:32
The C2 Couloir was definitely the most dangerous section of the route (some loose rocks + confined couloir). The most difficult climbing (IMO) was on the high traverse between EP & Blanca. That isn’t to say the terrain NW of EP didn’t also have its challenges. This was a fun & beautiful route! Very recommended!! Thanks geojed for writing up this route!!!

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