Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  05/30/2010
Modified:  05/31/2010
Date Climbed:   05/29/2010
Author:  randalmartin
 Long Day on Antero - Baldwin Gulch route   

Elevation Gain: 5200ft
Mileage: 15rt
Time: 10 hrs Started 7am Finished 5pm

Antero is one of those peaks I had on my list to do before the summer crowds and 4WD traffic that would make hiking up a road even more unpleasant. None of our group had a 4WD with any clearance and so we opted to start from the lower trailhead. For those of you with a Jeep or other decent 4WD vehicle the good news is I can report that several people made it past Baldwin Creek without any problem. For those hiking across the creek you better have water proof footwear and water proof gaiters up to mid calf level.

Here is a picture me and two friends Murray and his girlfriend taken in front of the Baldwin Creek crossing. This is in the morning so just a word that runoff was much quicker and slightly deeper in the afternoon.

Baldwin Creek in the morning

Snow is still being dealt with at a number of key spots along the route. In particular we opted to head up the drainage right at treeline seen in the picture below. The standard route jogs left below where this picture is taken from but the snow in the drainage was in perfect form for booting up and saving some time. This same drainage provided some short glissading options on the descent.

Looking up the drainage at treeline. Picture taken during descent

Snow was in other areas but the only other significant part was the snow along the Class 2 ridge just before the final summit pitch. You can stay close to the rock and walk through the snow with some postholing or stay on rock for some mild scrambling. Here is a picture of that section taken from the summit.

Picture of ridge just before summit pitch

Outside of that there is nothing special to report. 15 miles RT is a long day but it was rewarding as always. By my count 12 people made the summit yesterday including the four in our party.

Here some other photos from the trip

My friend Murray negotiating an airy section on the ridge. This can certainly be avoided by going on the opposite side.

Murray on an airy section of the ridge.

Ptarmigan we encountered on the way down.

Ptarmigan in between winter and summer feathers

Summit picture 1 looking north

Summit picture 1 looking north

Summit picture 2 looking east

Summit picture 2 looking east

Yours truly

summit photo

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Comments or Questions
Sat on Antero
06/02/2010 19:14
We chatted for a bit in passing on the top of 13,800 on Saturday. It was a great day!


I remember that
06/02/2010 19:23
Always nice to see a fellow member on the trail.

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