Thanks for the responses, everyone. I'm in Seattle now, but will likely be moving in the near-ish future. I probably can't make Colorado work in the move, though, so I'll still have to catch a flight to get there.
TallGrass wrote:Short answer would be to cluster, like doing doing the Bells+Pyramid, Castle+Conundrum, DemoLincBrosCam, and so on. The logistics of some lend them to solo peaks like Holy Cross, Longs, and Pikes.
I agree that this makes the most sense. I guess one thing I was trying to get at with my inartful question is which clusters make the most sense for discrete trips? I'm wondering what has worked for other out-of-staters in terms of a blueprint for "chunking" up the list (as my dad would say), i.e., this weekend trip we did DeCaLiBron, the next trip weekend we did Chicago Basin, the following weekend we did the Bells, etc.
These aren't single day routes, but rather, weekend/multi-day clusters. Mosquito/10 mile cluster:
DeCaLiBron + Sherman & QuandaryCrestone Group:
Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, Humboldt & via Bears Playground Kit Carson and Challenger PointBlanca Group:
Ellingwood, Little Bear, Blanca (and maybe Lindsey) Bells Cluster:
North Maroon, Maroon, PyramidChicago Basin:
Mt Eolus, North Eolus, Sunlight, WindomWilson Group:
Mt Wilson, Wilson Peak, El DienteHandies Group:
Sunshine, Redcloud, HandiesBelOxMo + Huron
Belford, Oxford, Missouri, HuronFrange Cluster
Evans/Bierstadt and Grays/TorreysCollegiate Cluster
Princeton, Yale, Harvard, ColumbiaTop of the Rockies Cluster
Massive, La Plata, ElbertSouthern Sawatch
Antero, Tab, Shavano
After that you're larger left with two-fers and singles.
Uncompahgre & Wetterhorn
Castle & Conundrum (which could be worked into an ambitious itenerary that includes the Bell Cluster.)
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.
It can wait forever. I cannot.