| Repeat After Me
December 20, 2011
Hikers: Barry (Johnson) Johnson, Greg Gorrell (summit lounger), Steve Tragesser, & Darin Baker
Mount Tweto (13,672’)
Mount Arkansas (13,795’)
Treasurevault Mountain (13,701’)*
Mosquito Peak (13,781’)
“Repeater Peak” (13,548’)*
Twilight on the Mosquito’s
Trailhead: Mosquito Pass Rd (County Rd 12)
Route: see map at end of report
Distance: ~9mi RT (roundtrip)
Elevation Gain: ~4050’
Difficulty: class 2+ with snow, occasional ~class 3 move on ridge to Arkansas
Occasional class 3 move seen here on our descent from Arkansas
Gear: daypack w/Essentials, winter attire, snowshoes
Resources Used For Trip Planning: prior knowledge to area, NOAA forecast, CAIC avalanche forecast
This was the third time I’ve hiked Tweto, Mosquito, and Treasurevault. The first time was in 2009 on Thanksgiving Day.
The second time I hiked them (10/9/11) I intended to repeat Tweto, and then collect Arkansas. On that trip with Anna, as I was hiking up the S slopes of Tweto I wasn’t feeling very strong and when I looked at Arkansas from the summit, I wasn’t super excited about an out-and-back. Therefore we did the loop of the 3 aforementioned peaks.
This time I meant business! Tweto & Arkansas were a for sure thing; the other peaks were only a possibility I mentioned that came to fruition. And I’m glad they did, because it was a great day out, with a wonderful finish on “Repeater” while watching the sun set! Sweet.
Steve and I met up with Barry & Greg in Fairplay, and from there we drove to the TH in separate vehicles. Steve was able to drive his Subaru Forester all the way up CR 12 where it turns left to head up towards Mosquito Pass, an elevation of ~11,500’, which can make for an easy day with a starting elevation like that!
Let’s Get This Show Started!
Single digit temps at the start, snowshoes on the feet, and we were on the trail by 8am-ish.
I’m Bad. I’m Nationwide.
On the approach
There’s not a lot of snow in this valley, but snowshoes were helpful especially in the willowy areas.
Steve and Greg taking a break below Tweto’s S face (on the right)
Hiking up talus on Tweto’s southern slopes
Terrain for later
First Summit: Mt. Tweto
Steve & Barry working their way up Tweto’s SW ridge
Shouldn't you be lounging?
What’s in a Name
Ok, let’s go!
Mount Buckskin (13,865’) and Tweto (l. to r.)
To be a Democrat
The Team in Tow in the Snow
Summit is getting closer?
Now the summit is closer
Mount Arkansas’ Summit Views
Mr. Rock n’ Roll
Give the man some mo’ cowbell!
Now let’s go back to Tweto!!
We retraced our steps for the most part back to Tweto’s summit. From the summit, we descended the SW ridge to our snowshoe cache, and from there, Barry decided to go down to the truck as the rest of us went on to the other summits.
Now, repeat after me….
First stop, Treasurevault Mtn
There was no Treasure in the Vault, only a summit cairn
Mosquito Peak is next, but first...
Yes, that’s right. The Paperson’s Hotdog Stand!
But it appears to be closed for the season.
Looking back on where we came from
From the summit of Mosquito, there’s only one more left
“Repeater” would be our last summit, and its E ridge (seen in the above photo, running looker’s left) was our intended route down to regain the Mosquito Pass road.
Last uphill stretch
While the sun is getting lower
And the sun sets over the Sawatch
More twilight on Mosquito
Sun is down, now for us to get down. We went to the radio towers and started our descent on the E side of the building. The ridge goes, but at one point we did have to cross over to our right on a snow filled, shallow gully to avoid too steep of terrain to descend.
At times, it was slow going because of deep snow filled pockets in the rocks that would suck in a leg or two, and extraction was necessary. ;)
Once off the ridge, we were on the road and the going got better. Somewhere near the N London Mine, at least I think it was that mine, we stopped to put on our snowshoes and headlamps for the remainder of our walk out.
Barry greeted us back at the truck, sometime around 6pm.
Ahh…great day gentleman!
Thanks for reading,