Peak(s):  Snowmass Mountain  -  14,092 feet
Hagerman Pk  -  13,841 feet
"North Snowmass" - 14,020 feet
Date Posted:  08/08/2011
Date Climbed:   07/30/2011
Author:  mattpayne11
 Sunrises, sunsets and star trails - Snowmass west ridge and Hagerman Peak  

After a week of photo editing and writing, I am finally proud to say that this trip report is done.

A few takeaways that might be useful for readers of this site:
1. Lead King Basin road is bad, but probably good enough for most stock SUVs with care.
2. Snowmass Mountain's west slopes are dangerous if you go off-route.
3. Hagerman's standard route is quite obscure - be warned!
4. I came close to dying - feel free to make fun of me

Here is the full trip report!

Sunrise over the Maroon Bells HDR

Capital Peak

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2

 Comments or Questions

08/08/2011 15:07
Nice report, amazing pictures! I am planning on climbing Snowmass's S Ridge in a couple weeks. Would you recommend coming down the West slope or not?


Awesome TR!
08/08/2011 15:37
Great pics, great climb, great info and I learned what bokeh is. Win, win, win!


A lot of work!
08/08/2011 15:52
You put a great deal of work into your photos and TR's Matt and the finished result is great! Thanks for the call-out in your TR too by the way. Finally getting the recognition I so badly deserve I very much enjoyed Hagerman's SW Ridge but didn't much like the descent (your route up and down).


Nice writing, good trip report, and
08/08/2011 15:57
photo composition is good, but for my tastes many of your pix would be significantly better without HDR. No need to veer into Thomas Kinkade country when your eye and scenery are already so keen.

Jon Frohlich

08/08/2011 17:01
I like the report but I agree with Oman that I don't care for the HDR photos. You obviously put a lot of work into your photography I just prefer a more traditional look.


08/08/2011 17:06
Ryan- grats again!
Agree on HDR vs. Non- that's why I show both sometimes.
Thanks for the comments!

DanielL- yes.. coming down that route was great!


08/08/2011 22:10
You're like the cameraman man, man.

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