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 Peak(s):  Stewart Pk  -  13,983 feet
Baldy Alto  -  13,698 feet
Mt. Lamborn - 11,396 feet
Bent Pk  -  13,393 feet
Carson Pk  -  13,657 feet
 Post Date:  07/06/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/04/2011
 Posted By:  Matt

 Weekend in Pictures   

As the holiday weekend approached, my lack of planning left me with options galore.
It had been a long time since I'd had a multi-day solo trip, so I came up with a last-minute itinerary that afforded some alone time with nature, God, and my thoughts, but also provided a chance to experience some San Juan splendor with good friends before heading home.

I'm no Kimo, nor do I spend lots of time doctoring my photos. However, my muse is quiet today, so pictures will have to share what I saw, illustrate conditions, etc. Three of these peaks don't see much traffic, but I think they deserve to, and I hope these pics spark interest in those who'd enjoy them.


Day 1: Baldy Chato, Stewart Peak, Baldy Alto from Cebolla TH


~11 miles, 4000' gain
This was one of the most satisfying 24 hour spans that I can remember.
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La Garita twilight

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Cebolla TH sign

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Looking up at Baldy Chato

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Uncompahgre & Wetterhorn from Chato summit

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Looking out at the San Juans

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Next up, Stewart Peak

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Looking back at Baldy Chato

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San Luis Peak from Stewart

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Strange bones

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Herd of elk on the move

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Looking down Nutras Creek (a different approach to Stewart)

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Stewart Peak from Baldy Alto summit

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The way back to Stewart

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View from Baldy Alto summit

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Farewell for now, La Garitas


Refs:
Roach Guide
Trip reports, especially those by Scotthsu and Ridgerunner (thanks, you two!)


Day 2: Mt. Lamborn via Bell Canyon


~8 miles, 4100' gain
Mt. Lamborn is the Delta County Highpoint, and towers over the hamlet of Paonia. While "only" an 11er, 4k of gain in heat that reached 95 degrees had me sweating.

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Mt. Lamborn seen from just outside Hotchkiss

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Finally out of the canyon

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Monster register, with entries back to 1946

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Summit view

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Summit view

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Looking west


Refs:
Summitpost
Lists of John Paonia quad
cohp.org Colorado trip report page



Day 3: Carson and Bent Peaks


~4 miles, 1600' gain
As I drove toward Ouray on 7/3, Wooderson informed me that snow conditions in Yankee Boy Basin were not favorable for our planned climb of Gilpin Peak. Over dinner in Montrose, we decided to take it easy on the holiday while still making the most of our time in the San Juans. We decided on these two peaks, with a bonus trip to check out the Carson Townsite on our way back down the Wager Gulch road. We piled into my truck and headed up a road that crosses the Continental Divide, but that anyone with low range and a little clearance can enjoy
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Bent Peak

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Rio Grande Pyramid from Bent's shoulder

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Half Peak

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Heading over to Carson Peak

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Wetterhorn quad trio

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Summitlounger's influence is strong

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Carson Townsite

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Refs (thanks to Papillon for suggesting this great combo):
Lists of John Pole Creek Mountain quad
Furthermore's TR here (all the rest must be on 14erworld)

Thanks for reading.



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (10)
Chicago Transplant


Good stuff     2011-07-06 14:37:21
Nice group of peaks for the weekend. Carson looks like a cool ghost town, I'll have to check that one out sometime. Being in architecture, I love those old mine buildings! You should check out Animas Forks north of Silverton sometime.


Presto


Wow ...     2011-07-06 14:54:53
Great photos, Matt! I've found that Rio Grande Pyramid can be seen from many different vantage points ... nice angle for you in that picture. Love the Coxcomb, Redclif, Wetterhorn shot very much. I don't know ... sure does look like the work of Kimo to me. Way to lounge there, Wooderson! 8) I swear we saw that same elk herd between Stewart and Baldy Alto! Thanks for posting. Happy trails, my friend!


Papillon


Slick     2011-07-06 15:51:34
Great photo journey, Matt. It was good to get out with you again and I look forward to the next one. Coney BM in 10 years? See how we've progressed or regressed? What was the name of that Chilean restaurant we ate at in Montrose Sunday night? Highly recommended...

re: Gilpin Peak

For the record, snow conditions were not good for a late night IPA pummel session and leisurely next day start time. Hence, our abandonment of YBB plans.


lordhelmut


Nice San Juan weekend     2011-07-06 16:19:36
what more can I say whats already been said, looks like you had an enjoyable 72 hours. Bravo.


wooderson


I concur...     2011-07-06 20:46:27
Photos are remarkable, particularly that last one from the townsite... very artsy. 8)

And Lamborn has a mighty impressive profile for a ”lowly” 11er. 4K vert in that heat sounds punishing!

Thanks again for driving us up that road for a couple of nice leisurely ascents.


kimo

not sure who that kimo guy is...     2011-07-06 22:38:06
...but your simple story and beautiful photos reflect the simplicity and purity found in hill walking. There are no death defying acts of bravery, no moments of terror, no half-baked bullsh*t, just wholesome adventure free of worry and care - the fantastic things we see when we put one foot in front of the other. In this crazy world, that kind of experience is priceless.

I esp like photos 1, 2, and the last.


SuperPolok


Sweet!     2011-07-07 07:58:18
Lamborn looks good! Nice spread of peaks there Matt.


Matt


Thanks for the comments     2011-07-07 10:40:41
Mike-thanks again for the recommendation of the mill near Bonanza.
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/uphoto.php?pic=u834p90_110707103310.jpg&parmuser=Matt&parmtype=1&parmview=1&cpgm=uphotos2
You've got me stopping to visit all kinds of structures now.
Presto-GB's was great. Hope the movie was good.
Brian-look fwd to the BBQ!
Pap/Woody-thanks for helping round out the weekend in style.
Kimo-I think we grok perspectives... We all ought to get out on a hike later this summer, no? I think Carson would be right up your alley.
SP-there are plenty of prom peaks out there. Let's get one soon.


d_baker


.     2011-07-07 19:05:44
Nice report Matt. Stewart is one of my favorite cent's because of the solo experience I had on it, and it was roughly the same time of year as your day on it.
I look forward to hiking Carson Peak and others in the area. Thanks for posting!


Floyd


Lamborn...     2011-07-10 22:03:07
You didn't tell me Lamborn was what you were after. Please tell me you went to Zack's BBQ for the post-climb meal. If not, that's a wasted trip. Good stuff though.



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