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 Peak(s):  "Drift Pk"  -  13,900 feet
 Post Date:  08/21/2011
 Date Climbed:   08/14/2011
 Posted By:  Jay521

 Flower-rama   

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Peak: "Drift Peak"
Route: Northwest Ridge
Approach: Mayflower Gulch
Length: About 5 miles RT
Vertical: About 2700 feet
Ascent party: Solo

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After doing Atlantic, Pacific and Fletcher last year, I decided I wanted to give Drift Peak a shot. It looked pretty easy and I had a little time on my hands so I gave it a try. Turns out it was a little tougher than I thought, but the wildflowers in Mayflower Gulch were spectacular.

Flowers on the way up to the ridge
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The flowers were amazing


My route up would take me up the bump on the right, along the top of the ridge across the small bumps and then up to the summit.
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From the ridge above the Boston Mine

It turned out the crux - for me anyway - was the first bump. It was much steeper than it looks in this photo. Plus, it was VERY loose. I decided I would try to find a different way down so that I wouldn't be knocking any rocks loose on someone coming up. Didn't matter as I was the only one on the mountain that day.

I'm on the second or third of the small bumps looking at the rest of the route. The ridge seemed longer than it looked from below.
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On the ridge


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Looking back down the ridge


The summit is in sight.
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The summit ridge


From left to right, Pacific, Atlantic and Fletcher. With Grays and Torreys in the distance.
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The ridge to Fletcher


There is a pole at the summit. Sunk in concrete. Not sure who lugged up the concrete, but they are tougher than I am!
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Not going anywhere


Interesting summit register container. Ammo and beer. That's what I'm talkin' about!Image
Summit register container


Maybe Bill should make a 13ers.com sticker!
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Bill was here!


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On the way down - A view of Decalibron


I decided to drop down from the saddle on my return. It was also steep and loose but not quite as steep as the first bump. And I could see that there was nobody below me.
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My route down


Once down in the bowl, I followed this little stream on the way out.
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A nice little stream


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Gotta love columbine


It looked like something out of The Wizard of Oz.
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Flowers, flowers, flowers..



This was a fun little climb. Be warned that the rock stability is all over the place on this one. Sometimes I was boulder hopping on solid rock, other times struggling with loose talus and occasionally on very slippery dirt. But if you are looking for solitude, this one is worth doing.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! Please be careful out there.

Some miscellaneous flower shots...
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  • Comments or Questions (3)
MtnHub


Late spring!     2011-08-21 14:39:55
Yes, the flowers are peaking late this year! Beautiful place to be! Thanks for posting!


Dancesatmoonrise


Eye Candy : )     2011-08-21 19:19:06
Ammo and beer and the wizard of oz... OK, sign me up!

Man, you hit the flowers just right. What a boquet. Nice shots, Jay!!

And kudos on the route less travelled - even is summer's splendor.


Jay521


Thanks!     2011-08-22 08:22:04
Thanks guys! I sincerely appreciate your compliments. I have lived in Colorado a long, long time and I don't ever recall a summer where the flowers were as pretty or lasted as long as they have this year. Makes it pretty easy to take nice flower shots..



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