I wish I wouldn't have done that one....

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Postby Jim Davies » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:28 pm

Moonnugs wrote:So you spent a day in the mountains, had the summit of a nice 13er to yourselves (while about a million were packed onto Bierstadt), and lived to tell about it, that must have been horrible for you. :-({|=

My thoughts exactly. Also, he had to go through some willows, which never happens on Bierstadt. I once hiked up that drainage (Silver Dollar Lakes) instead of Bierstadt on purpose, because it was too windy at the pass. It was a nice discovery....a good place to know about. The Wilcox-Argentine-Square Top loop looks like a fun future hike.
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Postby cheeseburglar » Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:51 pm

The first time I attempted Snowmass from the Lead King basin we parked at what we thought was the trailhead and headed up the hill.
At about 11,000 feet we ran into an elk hunter. He said that the summit must be really close because we were at about 14,000 feet already!
Turns out we were on a hill north of Snowmass. We had a nice view of the mountain, but were very far from it!
I like to think I'm wise enough now that this wouldn't happen, but I wouldn't bet on it.
Some of the trailheads are still a little hard to find, makes you wonder what it was like for the first people who climbed them!
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Re: I wish I wouldn't have done that one....

Postby Mtn Geek » Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:58 am

tators_tots wrote:My bonehead mistake occurred a couple years ago when some friends and I were going to climb Bierstadt...

You must have REALLY not been paying attention AT ALL! To hike Wilcox you have to hike west, to hike Bierstadt you have to hike east, totally the wrong direction. Either your sence of direction is off your your compass sucks.
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Postby Lamewad » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:42 am

Missing the turnoff for the Massive trail and hiking up the basin instead on the Southwest Slopes route. Didn't get Massive that day, but got it two weeks later.
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Postby Kojones » Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:54 pm

Taking my fiance along... yeah, not fun...

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Postby mtgirl » Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:00 pm

Kojones wrote:Taking my fiance along... yeah, not fun...


Hopefully your fiance doesn't see that post - or you mind not have a fiance anymore ! :shock:
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Postby Greg Frank » Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:00 pm

Climbed greys torreys after pulling an all-nighter. Felt fine till about 1p.m., then all the energy just got sucked out within like 5 minutes. Never good to be dead/sleeping tired on a decent when storms are coming in. stupid, stupid, stupid...Oh and got my jeep stuck on shavano in the snow which cost me a nice 1200$ to get towed out :D
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Postby Smalls » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:29 pm

This crazy friend of mine suggested hiking Yale from the other side. Now that was just miserable!!!! No trail, Scree, and like 50 false peeks! I didn't even make it to the summit because I was just tired and miserable. Never again! :?
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Postby Nutrition_Guy » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:40 pm

Forgot my sleeping bag....TWICE! Yeah, the first time, it wasn't bad out but the second time....DAMN, I put EVERY piece of clothing I brought with me. Oh, we were car camping, but someone else drove and I was sleeping in the tent...I guess I could've slept in the car, but I felt like a stupid mistake like that WOULD NOT be made again if I suffered through a cold night....

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Postby Johnnyboy » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:59 pm

Climbing Yale on a real hot day two years ago, I sat on my Camelback valve and had it drip for several minutes before the soaked ground got through to me. I probably lost a pint of water that I desperately needed on the walk-out!
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Postby Hunter » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:47 pm

There is a wide array of skill levels and experience represented here. And some with lesser skill just got lucky the first few times out. We need to be very careful in encouraging novices to "go for it" or underplaying risks. What is a completely doable for some may be severe jeopardy for others.

Excellent point. I will add that TalusMonkey was Superhuman in his hiking skills. My hat goes off to anyone who can do the Harvard & Columbia loop from N Cottonwood Trail in 9 hours and 10 minutes.
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Postby jwproulx » Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:06 pm

Here's my worst moutain snafu:

One day I wanted to climb Pagoda Mtn. in RMNP. I arrived at the Glacier Gorge TH very early, where I met a couple of guys getting ready to climb Chiefs Head, and was at Black Lake before sunrise. I got into the upper basin below the West Face of Longs to find that I couldn't make out any of the peaks - they were all shrouded in clouds down to 12,000'. The clouds looked non-threatning (stratus, not cumulus), so I continued. I looked for the gully between Longs and Pagoda, and headed up. The talus was very loose and the climbing much more difficult and less pleasant than I had expectd from Roach's description in his RMNP guide. About half way up, the two guys I'd seen at the TH caught up to me and informed me I wan't where I thought I was - instead I was in the Pagoda-Chiefs Head gully. So I climbed Chiefs Head and headed down with the other guys toward the Stone Man Pass route. I descended to the lake, and then saw the sun break through the clouds to the north. That is, what I had been thinkging was the north. That was alarming. Turns out I hadn't gone over Stone Man Pass, but had descended to Lake Powell in the North Inlet drainage rather than Frozen Lake where I though I was.

It was a long way back up over the pass, down to Black Lake, and out to the TH. After that I decided to invest in a compass and consult the map more diligently.

I still haven't climbed Pagoda.

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