Peak(s):  Cronin Pk  -  13,870 feet
"Lo Carb"  -  13,591 feet
Cyclone Mtn A  -  13,596 feet
Carbonate Mtn A  -  13,663 feet
Grizzly Mtn  -  13,708 feet
Mamma, Mt  -  13,646 feet
Boulder Mtn  -  13,528 feet
Date Posted:  01/09/2020
Modified:  01/10/2020
Date Climbed:   10/08/2019
Author:  supranihilest
 One Hundred 13ers in a Year: Finishing Strong With Mamma Grizzly, A Sawatch Seven Pack  

Table of Contents

October 8th, 2019: Cronin Peak, "Lo Carb", Cyclone Mountain A, Carbonate Mountain A, Grizzly Mountain, Mount Mamma, Boulder Mountain
100 Thirteeners Discussion
Statistics


Shorly after finishing the Kelso Ridge Calendar Grid in March (of 2019) I set a new goal to climb 100 new, unique 13ers by the end of the calendar year. I wasn't sure if it was an actual attainable goal but I'd try anyway. On October 8th I hit my 100th of the year (and also my 98th, 99th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, and 104th, but who's counting?) on a loop in the southern Sawatch bagging Cronin Peak, "Lo Carb" (unofficial name, unranked), Cyclone Mountain A, Carbonate Peak, Grizzly Mountain (not to be confused with any of the five Grizzly Peak 13ers), Mount Mamma, and Boulder Mountain.

A couple of days prior to this loop I was scrambling (both literally and figuratively) to find something to push me over 100. I had just hit 98 and didn't want to do two lame peaks to hit exactly 100, I knew I could do better than that. With a major snowstorm holding off for another couple of days I settled on a giant loop of the aforementioned seven 13ers in the Sawatch that had a little bit of everything, including what looked like fun scrambling. I took the day off work, got up stupid early, and drove to the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead, which is the trailhead for Mount Antero's standard west slopes route. The first peak of the day, centennial Cronin Peak, required that I walk up the road for several miles.

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I'm seriously considering trading in my Civic for an M1 Abrams tank.

While it's easy and fast because it's a road this would have been made even easier if I could have driven it. Oh well. I got some good views of varying aspects of Cronin's north ridge, the route I'd ascend to its summit.

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The northwest side of the ridge, far too rugged (and probably loose) to climb up.
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Southeast aspect. Somewhat better but still looks heinous. The route begins past all of this junk.

Eventually the GPX track I'd been following took me to an undefined point on the road where I was supposed to simply enter the forest, so I did just that.

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Narnia.

I traipsed through the forest and over and under deadfall as I diverged slightly from the GPS track. Instead of taking the two legs of the nearly right triangle the track wanted me to take I was smart and used geometry to my advantage, taking the hypotenuse in a straight line instead. I'm sure it saved me minutes of hiking, minutes! *taps temple*

Trending almost due southwest under ugly slopes of rotting cliffs and talus I crossed over a stream and continued on the other side until I hit a giant moraine.

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The angle of this photo makes me feel kind of drunk. It also makes the photographer look kind of drunk. I plead the Fifth. Get it? It's a pun about the size of a bottl- yeah nevermind.
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The easiest point at which to gain the north ridge. The talus was quite loose so I did my best to stay at the margins between the forest/willows and rock, where I'd get the least of each.

The slopes steeped quickly and while I may have been off route I continued in essentially a direct path up the crappy and exceptionally loose hillside. At times I was practically crawling on my hands up this stuff, at others I was pulling on trees and willows to make forward progress. Yes, I know, that's aid. I aided a Class 2 route, I am an absolutely terrible climber.

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Probably pushing 30-40 degrees. On snow this would be a joke but this junk was slipping and sliding all over the place.

The route flattened out considerably and the talus became more solid when I hit a saddle-like area in gently rolling terrain.

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This stuff was quite stable compared to the slope I had just come up.

Continuing over to tundra I made my way over to the nearest saddle to the ridge proper and up to the crest.

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The summit is in the center. I went up and right, trying to connect veins of tundra among the talus.
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Better view of the slope immediately right of the other photo. It's almost like the talus is water running down glass.

Ascending to the saddle marked an abrupt end to the tundra. From this point forward with the exception of a couple short areas between the more gentle peaks everything was pure rock, lots of it marginally unstable. I had a couple of bumps and a major false summit to clamber over en route to Cronin's 13,870 foot summit heap.

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First of several rocky bumps to skirt or climb over.
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False summit obvious before true summit.
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Just a little more to go. Nothing in the way from this point.

From the summit of Cronin the size of the day became readily apparent.

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Each of the next six peaks labeled. Pay no heed to that temporal distortion between Mount Mamma and Boulder Mountain.

Not wasting any time (besides to sign the register and take some photos, of course) I began to make my way over to "Lo Carb", an unranked, flat expanse of tundra marking the hub of my spur out to Cyclone and Carbonate. The strolling here was easy but actually a lot longer than I was expecting. It took me just a teensy tiny amount over 45 minutes to make it to "Lo Carb" from Cronin, despite the easy terrain.

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"Lo Carb" off to the left.
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Carbonate Mountain (left) and Cyclone Mountain from "Lo Carb".
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Looking back at the ridge from Cronin to "Lo Carb" in full.
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Mount Antero in center with Mount White on the right. I could see adding one or the other or perhaps both to this loop or to just Cronin, but any additions would amplify an already enormous day.

The ridge to Cyclone and Carbonate didn't look hard, nor did it look exciting. On the other hand the ridge to Grizzly looked formidable, at least what I could see, so at least I had something to look forward to after my out-and-back. Getting to Cyclone was very easy. It was nearby and as it's "Lo Carb"'s parent there was also very little elevation to gain to get there. Cyclone marked my 100th new and unique 13er for the year, woohoo!

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Kind of looks like a cyclone if you took a cyclone, turned it upside down, and it was rock.

A couple of quick texts to some friends and I was off to Carbonate, which was almost identical to Cyclone: drop down to a tundra saddle on loose but mellow scree, ascend to the summit on loose but mellow scree. Turn around and repeat on the way back.

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Carbonate Mountain. Not much for looks.

Carbonate came and went and I got some pictures of the 14ers to the northeast and southeast.

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Another view of Cronin (left), Princeton in the far background, Antero in center and Mount White on the right. Interesting that the peaks here, along the Sawatch's eastern flank, are noticeably whiter than surrounding peaks
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Somewhat unique northwest view of Shavano and Tabeguache.

I traversed back over to "Lo Carb" and took a longer look at the ridge to Grizzly. It didn't look that bad, and I knew it went at loose Class 3. OK great, let's go!

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This view actually makes the ascent to Grizzly look harder than the descent to the saddle, but the descent was in fact the most technically difficult part of the ridge and the day.
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Looking down the initial section of ridge. It looks quite loose but nothing really stands out here, except for the big void after the second bump.

The scrambling started off fairly mellow; boilerplate Class 2 became Class 2+. All of it was loose but manageable with proper hold selection. When in doubt I strayed just under the ridge crest to the south (left) but never to the right, which was almost entirely sheer walls or extremely steep and unpleasant looking scree gullies that were probably impassable.

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More complicated terrain ahead.

Eventually the scrambling became expected Class 3 and stayed that way. I'd estimate the bottom third to half of the ridge to the saddle is all Class 3. Despite he loose rock it was highly enjoyable; careful moves down stacked knife edges and a couple of rotten slabs, all of it quite delightful.

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After descending a nice Class 3 chunk. The route here should be fairly obvious; scramble right down the skyline then back to the left into vague dihedrals and cracks before exiting in the smashed up open-book dihedral.

The final scramble prior to the route returning to (and staying at) Class 2+ or lower was the most interesting.

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A most interesting scramble. Yes, mmhmm. Quite. strokes chin This wall is a little taller and farther away than it appears.

The rock on this short wall was actually fairly solid compared to a lot of the rest of the ridge. However, you can see on the right side of the chimney the lower down one goes the more stacked, broken rock there is. I went about halfway down and then crawled into the chimney, which was quite rotten, and dropped to the ground on a large flat rock. Exiting the chimney was then just a matter of slip-sliding down a small amount of talus to the yellow rock.

At this point as mentioned the route once again became a simple talus hop. There was plenty of steep terrain to go but no real scrambling.

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Close to the saddle. More busted up white rock!
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The last section before the saddle. It looks like the second ridge bump past the saddle might contain a little bit of scrambling but alas, it does not.

From the saddle the ridge ascended steeply on broken but surprisingly stable rock. The initial section of ridge was Class 2+ and then it leveled out some and became more of a rough hike.

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It's really kind of amazing that the entire northern/right side of this thing doesn't just collapse on itself.
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Talus for the next few miles.

Grizzly's summit came quickly. However, Mount Mamma's would not. It was a long way to Mamma, all of it on Class 2 or Class 2+ talus, and most of that was down sloping to the west.

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It's about two miles from Grizzly to Mamma, all of it on this type of terrain.

The trek to Mamma honestly felt like it took three hours. It took less than half that, but the monotony of the rock and multiple bumps with no good bypasses never ended.

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A rotten bump on the way to more ups-and-downs.
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Perhaps halfway along the ridge. The false summit is farther away from the summit than it appears.

At around 4pm I summitted Mount Mamma. On many maps, including Google Maps, Mount Mamma is marked north of the true summit. It's obvious from the true summit that the ridge north contains lower points, so I did not continue on to them like I would have if it was even questionable.

There was one more peak to go, Boulder Mountain. Approximately the same distance from Mamma as Mamma was from Grizzly, the terrain was less rocky and had less loss and regain.

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Grizzly in center with the long, rocky ridge between. "Lo Carb", Cyclone, and Carbonate are on the left.
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Boulder Mountain at the end of a mostly gentle ridge.

Since I only had a few hours of sunlight left with a somewhat unknown descent I quickly scampered towards Boulder Mountain. Unlike Mount Mamma this felt like it took 30 minutes when it actually took an hour. I was glad for the lifting of tedium on the Grizzly/Mamma stretch, that was soul-sucking.

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The only rough stuff on the Mamma/Boulder ridge. I bypassed it under the ridge crest to the right, there was no point in sticking high on this.
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Homestretch up Boulder. A trail is visible under the crest but I stayed high since the trail was actually less apparent the closer I got and wouldn't have been any easier.

I topped out on Boulder Mountain and was immediately ready to descend. I'd been at it for over nine hours and had to beat the darkness and get home to feed and walk the cute dog I was dogsitting (I had a neighbor let him out throughout the day). Bonus pic: cute dog I was dogsitting.

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Rocky!

Originally I had planned on just hiking down Boulder's very long northeast ridge. It's pretty broad and open and seemed like a good, semi-direct way down. Then I noticed there was a road most of the way up the peak that's not marked on Google Maps and I thus hadn't noticed while planning. I verified on my inReach that it would take me down to Baldwin Gulch and began hiking down steep and extremely loose slopes east-northeast towards the upper terminus of the road which petered out on Boulder's upper slopes short of the summit.

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Start of Boulder's northeast ridge.
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Looking down the east slopes where the road is visible. The start of the road is off the frame to the left (northeast).

Getting to the road was a little annoying with how loose the slope was but once I was on the road I was cookin'. I began to run down it to beat nightfall's inevitability.

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Boulder Mountain. The road switchbacks down this hillside then weaves through the tress to the broad east-northeast ridge before continuing east to Baldwin Gulch.
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Rocky and a little loose but still runable.

The road was straightforward for the most part. At one point I came to an unsigned junction and wasn't totally sure which way to go; a quick consult with the GPS cleared that up. Both legs of the road eventually meet the Baldwin Gulch Road, but the right/eastern leg was slightly shorter, so of course I wanted to take that one. Both roads are marked on Forest Service maps but one or none may appear on other maps.

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I took the right branch.
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The road I came down is on the left. It's blocked for vehicles at the bottom but dumps out right onto the Baldwin Gulch Road. The other road meets the Baldwin Gulch Road farther down off to the right.
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The roads shown on a Forest Service 2016 map. The slashes indicate that the road is blocked at those points, so presumably you could actually drive up on the northern road despite the blockage (on the southern road) in the other photo.

The Baldwin Gulch Road improves in quality over the other road(s) so I made quick progress back to my car from that point. I packed up my stuff in a hurry and drove to Leadville's very own High Mountain Pies where I ate half a small deluxe and part of a brownie before heading home, supremely satisfied at having reached 100 13ers this year. It was a good year.


100 Thirteeners Discussion

As mentioned at the beginning of this report I set a goal to climb 100 13ers that I had not previously climbed by the end of the calendar year. This goal was randomly concocted without much if any forethought. I completed my previous goal this spring, the Kelso Ridge Calendar Grid, and bereft of "anything to do" I thought I'd start plugging away at 13ers. The number 100 seemed like a nice, round number and didn't seem either too easy or too difficult (but then again, I had no idea whether it was either until I started). Once I hit 100 new 13ers on October 8th I then set a new goal, 100 ranked 13ers by the end of the year. I was sitting at 77 ranked for the year on October 8th, so I had less than three months to get 23 more ranked 13ers. I completed my 100th ranked peak of the year on December 22nd, my very last day in Colorado before traveling to Wisconsin until the new year. Talk about cutting it close! All in all I'd done 134 new 13ers total in 2019, with exactly 100 of them being ranked.

Why talk about this goal in more than passing? Because as someone who's been sucked into a peak bagging frenzy I haven't come across much in the way of the who?/what?/when?/where?/why? and especially the how? of extensive peak bagging. It seems obvious on the surface (climb 100 peaks you haven't climbed before, dumb dumb) and there's countless trip reports describing the peaks themselves but few or none describing who these people actually are, their unique circumstances, or the overarching process behind the peak bagging mania, something I personally would have found useful and inspiring, especially early on in the chase when my motivation was low. With as overwhelming as the options and opinions are, I absolutely love reading about other's major accomplishments as a huge source of new goals, linkups, routes, and just overall inspiration. Thanks to everyone who writes trip reports of their own, especially some of the heavy hitters like Derek (Furthermore), Otina (bergsteigen), Natalie (SnowAlien), and others.

So, the Five Ws and How?

Who: Myself, Ben Feinstein. 31 year old wannabe dirtbag male at the start of this project. I turned 32 on the day of this Mamma Grizzly hike. I work as a systems administrator, but importantly, I work full-time remote - travel is easier for me.
What: Climb 100 new 13ers. Secondary goal: climb 100 new ranked 13ers.
When: In calendar 2019.
Where: In Colorado.
Why: Because the13ers are numerous and time consuming, require a myriad of skills both old and new from the 14ers, and because they have so many different personalities that I felt the need to experience more/all of them.
How: A bit more involved of a question. If walls of text are your thing, then read on.

I created a set of rules and suggestions to keep this from being cheap and hacky so that it would actually provide a real challenge as well as provide a kind of framework by which I could go about selecting peaks. I mostly selected willy nilly anyway, but at least this would prevent me from "climbing" something absurd, like Mount Spalding from Summit Lake 100 times in a day and calling it good. Here are the rules and suggestions I used:

  • Rules:
    • Any 13er I had done prior to setting this goal could not count towards the goal. This occurred two times, with Mount Spalding and South Arapaho Peak, both of which I had climbed in past years. Neither peak counted towards 100.
    • Any 13er I did in pursuit of this goal could only count one time towards it, even if I repeated it later. This occurred twice, once with "Igloo Peak", which I climbed for the first time in June and again in September, and again with "Tincup Peak" which I climbed twice in December.
    • The official list of 13ers is the one located here on 14ers.com.
      • Any 13er (unclimbed, of course) on the list counted: named or unnamed, ranked or unranked, it didn't matter.
    • I had until the end of the calendar year to reach 100. In other words, my final hike had to be concluded by 11:59:59 PM on December 31, 2019 for it to count. Finishing at 12:00:00 AM on January 1, 2020 or later? Nope, doesn't count.
      • Starting date was arbitrary but I chose May 6th, which was my first 13er of the year, Mount Ouray.
  • Suggestions:
    • Try to use the 3,000 foot rule. If this is exceedingly difficult (for example, several of the peaks from Independence Pass get you barely 1,000 feet to the summit) it's OK not to.
    • Try to use official trailheads. If this is exceedingly difficult (for example, Mount Guyot's south ridge's "trailhead" was a dirt pulloff on a road with enough room for one car and the next closest trailhead was miles away) that's OK.
    • Try to bag as many peaks as possible in one go. Doing 100 peaks by themselves will still work but it's an excessive waste of time. Efficiency is king when there's so many to climb and there's a strict time limit.
    • Try to climb non-standard routes. Couloirs and scrambles, if available, take preference over snowshoes or hikes.
    • If a mountain appears to have more than one summit of nearly identical elevation, for example Mount Buckskin or Bald Mountain A, hit all of those summits just to make absolutely sure I got the true summit.

When I set a goal I get incredibly single-minded about it. This goal was the only thing I had to do after setting it and nothing outside of injury, death, and/or the total collapse of civilization was going to get in my way. I know that others had done 100 in a year (for example, Otina mentioned this in a great report, though she did one step greater with 100 ranked peaks, which I also ended up doing; I can't tell whether her timeline was 365 days or calendar year) though I hadn't attempted such a lengthy, complex project with an ambitious time limit myself. It seemed like a great opportunity to test myself!

To start, and throughout the entire project, I invested a significant amount of time into research. A couple of large multi-peak climbs the previous year helped me in my planning and helped me understand what was possible, so I cobbled together some large and ambitious linkups using topographic map software that I wasn't sure were possible (for example bagging all Tenmile 13ers and a handful of Mosquito 13ers in two days; this meant either free soloing or making a massive detour around the Class 5.7 traverse between Atlantic and Fletcher (an incredibly sketchy Class 4 bypass also didn't sound appealing); another huge idea was a 30+ mile, 10 13er day in the Mosquito; etc.) I spent hours and hours looking at the 13er map on this site, reading trip reports (to make sure I wouldn't get halfway through something and suddenly find myself in extremely difficult or impossible terrain, especially solo), and plotting courses, which I'd then download onto my Garmin Fenix 5 watch. There were sometimes GPX tracks I could download from route descriptions or trip reports but often times I'd have to build something on top of it to get more peaks, or build something entirely on my own if a GPX didn't exist or didn't cut it.

The biggest difficulty in completing this goal was logistics. I had approximately eight months to do it which seems like a long time but between work, friends, rest, weather, etc. that normally means packing a lot of peaks into a relatively smaller number of days. If weather was perfect every single day of the year, I had no obligations and could dirtbag it up 24/7, and could recover instantly 100 peaks wouldn't seem all that hard. The fact that I completed 100 almost three months early, in just five months and two days, shows that it was still a very doable goal. I then did another 34, of which 23 were ranked, by December 22nd to hit 100 ranked 13ers for the year. However I also work remote full-time and can take off work essentially whenever I want, so that made things significantly easier. Outside of pure determination I believe my work freedom to be one of the biggest factors, if not the biggest factor in my success.

I got a very slow start with this project. I finished the Kelso calendar grid on March 26th and didn't climb anything for the rest of March or in April with the exception of Mount Hood in Oregon. In May I climbed five 13ers. In June I climbed only three. That's obviously not going to cut it and I almost gave up early on thinking I was chasing something impossible. This was complicated by an extremely high snow year but once the snow began to melt I started to pick up the pace, climbing approximately 20 13ers in July and another 12 through late August. I make the distinction of late August here because that's where I really started to fly; over four days from August 30th to September 2nd I climbed 17 13ers. In late September I did over 45 in the span of about two and a half weeks, taking off numerous days of work to cram everything in before it began to snow, which it did two days after this report's climb. I really wasn't trying to wait until the last minute, I swear! I also climbed something like 10 14ers in this time, all of them repeats (since I completed the list of 58 14ers in 2018) and mostly as incidental to 13er climbs, not specifically to climb them. I completed all Tenmile 13ers, am almost done with the Mosquito Range (only Bartlett, West Dyer, and the Buffalo Peaks left), got a bit over halfway through the Front Range and did what I feel is a not insignificant number of Sawatch Peaks. I've barely touched the Gore, San Juan, Sangre de Cristo, and Elk Ranges, so I have a lot of work left.

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Compressed all to hell and back, but that's 78 13ers in 60 days.

I also climbed almost exclusively solo for a number of reasons; I could climb what I wanted when I wanted; I could go at my pace (which is faster than nearly everyone I regularly hike/climb with); I didn't have to worry about splitting routes apart that I wasn't sure others could finish; I didn't have to worry about getting started with a partner and either abandoning part of the course or going ahead and leaving them to find their own way back (which I am loath to do - Michelle Vanek comes to mind); etc.

That said, most of what I've done was easy, relatively speaking, and I know that. It was basically by design. The goal was any unclimbed 13ers in a year so naturally I gravitated towards easier peaks, peaks I could jam together one right after another, peaks near home (Boulder), that sort of thing. I'm not sure if I could repeat this a second year in a row with the same rules unless I spent even more time researching big linkups in other ranges, most of which would probably be on poorer quality and/or more difficult rock in more remote areas farther from home. That's not to say it's impossible, just that it's an even greater challenge now that I've eliminated a lot of easy and nearby stuff, and one I'm not sure I'm willing to set blindly like I did this time around. I think it's important to have big goals and dreams but also to be realistic, and I've got a lot of room to improve every single one of my mountain skills. Every time I take on something huge like this I learn a lot whether I'm successful or not and this was no exception.

Throughout the course of this project I kept track of things in a spreadsheet. I friggin' love spreadsheets, y'all. I love numbers and lists and all that jazz. I kept track of each peak and a wealth of information about it in this spreadsheet, including peaks and dates (duh), ascent and descent routes, my personal rating and thoughts on each peak and route, hard statistics, links to information and photos, etc. I don't know if it will be useful to anyone but myself but maybe someone reading this and thinking about doing an equally stupid project will enjoy the info I've compiled. You can find that spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E996ILEzZaIOhsII_OJjQ6oqwQGar5cYCBDYLG3--Q4/edit?usp=sharing. I will continue to keep this spreadsheet up to date as I climb and do more planning, for my own benefit if nothing else. The planning tab(s) are very much a work in progress (and are entirely absent for almost all 13ers as of writing, so don't expect much out of those while I catch up on writing 2019 trip reports).

So what's next? Even more 13ers. I think that goes without saying. Winter 14ers. Returning to Aconcagua. Hard routes on Rainier. The list is endless. This was pretty rad though and I'm glad I did it.

If you're still with me after all that I hope I've given you inspiration to dream big too.

Thanks for reading.


Statistics

Climbers: Ben Feinstein (myself)
Trailhead: Baldwin Gulch (2WD/bottom of 4WD road)
Total distance: 21.43 miles
Total elevation gain: 7,933 feet
Total time: 10:45:17
Peaks: Seven 13ers (six ranked, one unranked)

  • Cronin Peak, 13,870'
  • "Lo Carb", 13,591' (unranked)
  • Cyclone Mountain A, 13,596'
  • Carbonate Mountain A, 13,663'
  • Grizzly Mountain, 13,708' (note: this is the only Grizzly Mountain 13er, there are five Grizzly Peak 13ers)
  • Mount Mamma, 13,646'
  • Boulder Mountain, 13,528'

Splits:

Starting Location Ending Location Via Time (h:mm:ss) Cumulative Time (h:mm:ss) Rest Time (m:ss)
Baldwin Gulch Trailhead (2WD) Departure From Road¹ 1:27:45 1:27:45 n/a
Departure From Road¹ Cronin Peak 1:38:23 3:06:09 0:00
Cronin Peak "Lo Carb" 0:45:18 3:51:27 0:00
"Lo Carb" Cyclone Mountain A 0:20:25 4:11:51 0:00
Cyclone Mountain A Carbonate Mountain A² 0:26:22 4:38:14 0:00
Carbonate Mountain A Cyclone Mountain A (returning) 0:27:57 5:06:11 0:00
Cyclone Mountain A "Lo Carb" (returning)³ 0:21:02 5:27:13 0:00
"Lo Carb" Grizzly Mountain 1:05:39 6:32:52 0:00
Grizzly Mountain Mount Mamma 1:27:33 8:00:25 0:00
Mount Mamma Boulder Mountain 1:10:31 9:10:57 0:00
Boulder Mountain Baldwin Gulch Trailhead (2WD) 1:36:18† 10:47:15 Trip End

¹Using the downloadable GPX for Cronin's North Ridge found on this route description.
²Total time from "Lo Carb" to Carbonate Mountain A was 46:47.
³Total time from Carbonate Mountain A to "Lo Carb" (thus, the return trip on the spur) was 48:59.* The difference was a mere 2:12!
*Total time out and back from "Lo Carb" over Cyclone Mountain A to Carbonate Mountain A and back was 1:35:46. I fully reascended Cyclone and "Lo Carb" as this was easier than skirting them.
†Most of this was done running on a 4WD road, hence the quick time over relatively long distance.


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions
yaktoleft13

Wow!
01/10/2020 13:48
I had a feeling you were working toward something insane like that, with the way you were checking off peaks! Outstanding job! Took some superhuman days


Mtnman200

Nice report & photos
01/10/2020 21:44
I missed you by less than a week on Grizzly, Lo Carb, Cyclone, and Carbonate. That was enough of a tour for me, so I can only imagine how hungry you were for pizza at High Mountain Pies.


supranihilest

Hungry
01/11/2020 03:16
@yaktoleft13: Thank you! I miss the days of dominating half the recent conditions board, haha.

@Mtnman200: your report just a couple of days prior to this climb was what inspired me to do it, in part. I'd been eyeing it for most of the summer and that was all the push I needed. While I was indeed hungry for pizza I'm even hungrier for more peaks. Maybe I'll repeat this tomfoolery this year, too.


Stratosfearsome

100!
01/11/2020 09:34
Awesome, man! That's a heck of an accomplishment. Looking to top it in 2020?


mtngoatwithstyle
Congratulations!
01/11/2020 16:39
I enjoy very much reading your reports and I was thinking the same as Jacktoleft13 as you have been climbing many peaks in just one "single" trip or in a week in during the last months of 2019!. Congratulations!.


Tornadoman

Impressive
01/12/2020 07:04
Great work man... I noticed that you were putting together many multiple peak days. Thanks for sharing and good luck in 2020!


supranihilest

Thanks all
01/12/2020 08:14
@Stratosfearsome: Yes, I'm always looking to top previous efforts. This one's going to be a tough one to beat though. I believe I'll be able to do it at least one more time, though I'd like to shift focus from doing lots of peaks to doing (lots of) hard ones. My focus this summer might be Elk 13ers to get them out of the way.

@mtngoatwithstyle: Thanks for the kind words! There will be more to come, as always. I love your username!

@Tornadoman: It's the big days that really make me happy. Maybe Whiley and I will see you out there for some of them this year!


whileyh

Only 45 in 2.5 weeks...
01/13/2020 16:32
Just messin! I wonât act like Iâm not impressed.
You are growing quite strong & wise mountain warrior.


supranihilest

Mountain warrior
01/15/2020 17:36
@Whiley:



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