Harvard and Holy Cross

This is a mash up of a couple of weekend trips, one of which involved some camping.

IMG_20160710_175906.jpgThe approach to Harvard from 7 miles away.

IMG_20160710_183323.jpgLooking back towards Yale.

IMG_20160710_191844.jpgLooks like a placid place to spend the night at Bear Lake below Harvard at about 12,000ft. Not!! Wind picked up around 11pm and blew all night long. No sleep period. Next time, bivy sack above tree line.

IMG_20160710_191838.jpgThe calm before the wind storm. At least we ate well.

IMG_20160711_081225.jpgLooking at Columbia from Harvard Summit.

IMG_20160711_082220.jpgHarvard Summit.IMG_20160711_083302.jpgGoodbye Summit.

IMG_20160711_090110.jpgBear Lake looking innocent again. Don’t believe it.

Fast forward a week and Mt. Holy Cross was in our sites for a day trip. About 12 miles and 5,600 ft of climbing.

IMG_20160716_092734.jpgI believe this is Mt Jackson on the way up.

IMG_20160716_083052.jpgFirst glimpse of Holy Cross.

IMG_20160716_093309.jpgIMG_20160716_100827.jpgThe approach is a helluva lot easier than what it looks like. The line from the west is easy.

IMG_20160716_103057.jpgIMG_20160716_111542.jpgSummit shot looking towards Leadville.

IMG_20160716_112841.jpgMaroon Bells in the distance… on the agenda in a few weeks.

IMG_20160716_114125.jpgDown climbing the summit scree.

IMG_20160716_125858.jpgNice place for a nap I can assure you.

IMG_20160716_140209.jpgThis is a great mountain indeed, a new favorite.

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Shavano, Tabaguache and Democrat

With weather looking favorable, decided to try and tag Democrat Friday afternoon prior to going for Shavano and Tabagauche Saturday.

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Base car camp below Democrat. What a luxury to drive to 12,000 ft instead of hiking up there. Sleeping at that altitude was a challenge for me.

IMG_20160617_170027Heading out. We did not see a single person from the time we left TH until we returned which was astonishing given the weather up there……

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IMG_20160617_185019Summit time….behind Leila is the entire Collegiate Peaks range and I think you can see the whole Nolan 14 route.IMG_20160617_183450

Looking at the very headwaters of the Arkansa river below us.

IMG_20160617_184001IMG_20160617_194309We wondered why this rock Ptarmigan was so upset as we walked by….I only just notice now that there is a chick sitting right there (I think).

IMG_20160617_195412IMG_20160617_202951Time for sleep.

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Saturday was another great weather day.

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IMG_20160618_113742Looking up towards Shavano.IMG_20160618_122816

At the summit looking down the ridge line towards Tabaguache. Notice the cornice…

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Tabagauche.

IMG_20160618_131450From Tabagauche looking back towards Shavano.

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Scrambled through scree on the way up to avoid the snow only to find it was a better way to get back down.

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What a great anniversary weekend.

Mt. Princeton

My first time up Mt Princeton and the summit approach was pretty gnarly, at least by my standards. We started from the TH at Wilderness Ranch which puts this at about 15 miles and 5,400ft of climbing. The last 14er of the year……possibly.

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The approach.

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The last of the decent trail.

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mac and cheese hmmmm.

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Aspens from 14,202 ft

I never get tired of this stuff….pictures of aspens in the fall. I am sure you have seen them before, but here are a few more taken on a hike up Mt Yale.

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Looking toward Cottonwood Pass

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Mt Columbia and Mt Harvard

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Looking back towards the trailhead.

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The Elk Mountains off in the distance.

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Yellow