Peak(s):  Middle of the Flattops - 11929
Date Posted:  11/07/2018
Modified:  11/12/2018
Date Climbed:   08/01/2015
Author:  jibler
 Spending the Night on Top of the Flattops   

OK - just to fill up this off season with some hopefully useful data - here's a chronicle of my trip to the Flattops. And I mean on the Flattops!

at Stillwater Reservoir

Didn't really have a plan - but the weather forecast was totally clear and a full moon was arising -- so I quickly decided to just go for a stay somewhere up on the Tops! Donkey'd way too much gear too - but worth it because most of that weight was just warm gear all of which i used to keep warm up there (no fire)

"the Colorado Savanna"

It was a strategic move to just avoid the Devils Causeway and focus on the main section of the Flattops - but I don't regret at all. That's one cool feature - but going up north would require more time than my one night out here would have allowed.


Looking South

Looking East


Camp II

Found myself below a little bump of a hill next to these two intermittent ponds for the night. BUT - no one alerted the local noctural bird population - for the first hour or two after dark I had repeated bird attacks at my head - I would eventually take up my small wooden sword for defense but luckily all parties went to bed (eventually) with no injuries.

I had plan to wake up and run over to Shingle Peak - but that was farfetched. Instead I took up a ridge south of camp - scoped out the scene - and began my retreat to Stillwater Res.

I think that's "Derby Peak over there

Final Look South

Furthest South of Journey - looking back north across "the Savanna"

Plus Large amounts of flowers for being August 2nd!




Red circle = camp zone

Note the original goal of Shingle Peak in green circle - if I hadn't stayed up so late battling owls it may have been in play - but was a huge ass haul and there's a deeper valley there in between than I realized.

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Comments or Questions
zoom on reference maps
11/07/2018 17:01

for those who want to zoom zoom zoom (and a boom boom)

having said that
11/07/2018 18:13
you could take Shingle if better organized - or even just spend extra night out there to clean it all up.

Me? I'm now laser fosuced on hitting up two night ultra combo package out by Trapper Peak - with excursions to the Marvin Brothers

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