As the holiday weekend approached, my lack of planning left me with options galore.
It had been a long time since I'd had a multi-day solo trip, so I came up with a last-minute itinerary that afforded some alone time with nature, God, and my thoughts, but also provided a chance to experience some San Juan splendor with good friends before heading home.
I'm no Kimo, nor do I spend lots of time doctoring my photos. However, my muse is quiet today, so pictures will have to share what I saw, illustrate conditions, etc. Three of these peaks don't see much traffic, but I think they deserve to, and I hope these pics spark interest in those who'd enjoy them.
~11 miles, 4000' gain
This was one of the most satisfying 24 hour spans that I can remember.
La Garita twilight
Cebolla TH sign
Looking up at Baldy Chato
Uncompahgre & Wetterhorn from Chato summit
Looking out at the San Juans
Next up, Stewart Peak
Looking back at Baldy Chato
San Luis Peak from Stewart
Herd of elk on the move
Looking down Nutras Creek (a different approach to Stewart)
Stewart Peak from Baldy Alto summit
The way back to Stewart
View from Baldy Alto summit
Farewell for now, La Garitas
Trip reports, especially those by Scotthsu and Ridgerunner (thanks, you two!)
~8 miles, 4100' gain
Mt. Lamborn is the Delta County Highpoint, and towers over the hamlet of Paonia. While "only" an 11er, 4k of gain in heat that reached 95 degrees had me sweating.
Mt. Lamborn seen from just outside Hotchkiss
Finally out of the canyon
Monster register, with entries back to 1946
Lists of John Paonia quad
cohp.org Colorado trip report page
~4 miles, 1600' gain
As I drove toward Ouray on 7/3, Wooderson informed me that snow conditions in Yankee Boy Basin were not favorable for our planned climb of Gilpin Peak. Over dinner in Montrose, we decided to take it easy on the holiday while still making the most of our time in the San Juans. We decided on these two peaks, with a bonus trip to check out the Carson Townsite on our way back down the Wager Gulch road. We piled into my truck and headed up a road that crosses the Continental Divide, but that anyone with low range and a little clearance can enjoy
Rio Grande Pyramid from Bent's shoulder
Heading over to Carson Peak
Wetterhorn quad trio
Summitlounger's influence is strong
Refs (thanks to Papillon for suggesting this great combo):
Lists of John Pole Creek Mountain quad
Furthermore's TR here (all the rest must be on 14erworld)
Thanks for reading.