Peak(s):  Mamma, Mt  -  13,646 feet
Grizzly Pk B  -  13,738 feet
Date Posted:  06/11/2013
Date Climbed:   06/09/2013
Author:  Wyoming Bob
 Mts. Mamma & Grizzly - ridge connection  

With a 2'fer in hand from the prior weekend and an incredible forecast . . . what excuse could there be that would justify not climbing. We opted to run the long, almost 2 mile ridge between Mts. Mamma and Grizzly. Camped at the Baldwin Gulch 4WD trailhead and walked the road to Baldwin Lake. Given our less than alpine start (6:15) we opted to climb Mt. Mamma first and then connect to Grizzly Mountain via the long connecting ridge.

I'll admit to being slightly confounded by the topo at Baldwin Lake but Mt. Mamma is a cannot miss, though the optics are screaming false summit until your almost reach the top. Next we took a bit over two hours to connect to Grizzly Mountain combining the ridge proper at first, then a side slope on one side to the next saddle and then the same type of traverse on the reverse slope. The second summit was ours at a bit after noon and then it took two hours to make it back to the start. The snow climb from the Lake to the saddle just shy of the summit slopes of Grizzly would have been fine but for our late start. However, it offered a good descent and was still safe later in the day.

For anyone interested, here is the link to the usual Climbing with Bob narrative.

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 Comments or Questions

Wrong Grizzly.
08/02/2013 20:28
I think Wyoming Bob, may he rest in peace, got his Grizzly's confused. The Mt Grizzly (13,708 ft) he was on is in the Sawatch Range, west of Mt Antero.

Grizzly Pk B is in the San Juan, SE of Lizard Head Pass and SW of the Molas Pass / Coal Bank Pass area (i.e., N-NW of Durango).

Perhaps someone can make the change.

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