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 Peak(s):  Blaurock, Mt  -  13,616 feet
 Post Date:  01/22/2013
 Date Climbed:   01/20/2013
 Posted By:  Wyoming Bob

 Mt. Blaurock - a wintery ascent   

It is January and rumors of a Winfield TH were obviously founded in fact.

Made a climb of Mt. Blaurock and found the same cruddy snow conditions as many others noted for the central Sawatch, a 2" slab atop 24 to 30 inches of facets. BTW, looking over at Ice and the reading that report, well we're admittedly just pikers compared to the crew in the opposite valley.

Placed our bet on a short route for an easy 6 miles Bicentennial, got hammered with a 10 hour round trip, a beating over the course of one hour that yielded all of 150 feet of progress. Added a broken snowshoe, a cranked pole and a just plain old snapped pole to the equation. Add the tank of gas and we've got a little over budget trip in hand.

The drive to Winfield was fine and the road to Grey Copper Creek is packed. if anyone is interested, our trench cuts off uphill from just past the creek crossing (frozen) and heads of the ridge, cutting to the right.Image

We slogged to the ridge Image

and then made a tired climb upward to the summit ridge proper. The route looks tougher than it is, unless you just took a beating in the powder below Image

Then on across the summit ridge, nice bit of knife edge as one goes up and over to get to the farthest point Image

Which did require a bit more than a walking effort but it was the best part of the traverse. Image

The summit yielded the view that made it all worthwhile Image

For those interested in the usual Climbing with Bob narrative here is the link.

If anyone is interested our trench, when you get to the point where one route splits right and the other seems to drop right down slope to the intersection, go UP that slope and skip the right route.



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  • Comments or Questions
SurfNTurf



Cool     2013-01-23 10:20:19
Looks like a fun day. What a weather weekend! Good thinking to take advantage of Winfield being accessible.


Papillon


A stiff grunt in summer...     2013-01-23 11:55:32
Good to see you keeping busy. I remember the terrain leading to Ervin and Blaurock being unforgivingly steep. Drop me a line when you come down next summer if you are planning any bicentennials. Sarah and I would like to get out with you and your crew.


Wyoming Bob


Winfield and beyond     2013-01-23 19:40:20
Surf, you're right on both counts, but what of the coming summer . . . (Dry...)

Papillon, I completely agree, it is time for a connection trip to work some of these Bicentennials.



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