Peak:  "North Massive" (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  Fish Hatchery
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Monster5
 Date of Info:  02/01/2015
 Date Posted:  02/01/2015

The current trench for Massive trends a bit far right between the N Massive and Massive ridges. I.e. well-positioned to make a loop out of Massive and N Massive though it adds an additional 3/4 mi RT to just Massive.

Snowshoes used both up Massive NE and down N Massive NE ridges for about a mile each near treeline (thanks to Yikes and crew for some morning breaking). Windswept or hardpack on both ridges above treeline. Axe used briefly between Massive Green and N Massive though probably not necessary on a less windy day (we were hiding just off the ridge rather than taking the ridge proper). Sustained 35-40 mph with a gust or two about 50 mph. No stability concerns on route and choosing a good line near treeline to access/drop N Massive NE ridge.

Around 15.5 mi for the loop though a lot of it cruiser. Probably goes by faster if you don't have to brace every dozen ft.

 Comments or Questions

02/02/2015 02:03
Ol’ Furthermore was blown off his feet. I laughed at him. And then promptly fell over too.


02/02/2015 02:14
congrats for sticking it out in the nasty wind. My bad for getting snookered into following the old trench. I knew it was too far north, but was really hoping it was going to swing around to the south.


02/02/2015 18:14
No South Massive?


We couldn’t tell from the Mosquitos
04/02/2015 19:45
If it was windy in the Sawatch or not It certainly was where we were, but Mosquitos are always windy...

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