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 Peak(s):  Ice Mtn  -  13,951 feet
North Apostle  -  13,860 feet
West Apostle  -  13,568 feet
 Post Date:  08/23/2011
 Date Climbed:   08/17/2011
 Posted By:  jesse

 East Ridge of N. Apostle to Ice cubed   

Ready for another 13er peak bagging excursion Marc and I got to the end of Chaffee county 390b around sunset, ate like kings, passed out and were hiking at 3:45 am. Quickly gaining the basin we passed on the standard gully ascent to attempt the aesthetic east ridge of North Apostle.
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North Apostle's N face at sunrise

It was an easy hike between cliffs to gain the dramatic ridge.
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3 Apostles sunrise

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The east ridge of North Apostle with Ice and West Apostle behind

After a short traverse to North Apostle's east Ridge the scrambling gained altitude at a good pace.
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The lower 1/4 of the ridge was solid

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Marc Climbing good class 4 rock

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Towers 1/2 way up the East ridge

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More big moves to stay on the ridge

The route was solid throughout, filled with good holds and astonishingly fun rock for the Sawach.
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We gained the Summit at 8:00am and had an excellent view of the other Apostles.
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Summit of North Apostle with Ice Mt, next up!

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Ice Mt from the saddle

Easy class 2 talus to the North Apostle, Ice Mt saddle led to greater scrambling ascending to the group's high peak.
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Looking back to North Apostle

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The view of Ice Mt's East ridge

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Marc handstanding the ridge

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3/4 of the way up Ice Mt

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Final class 4 Chimmney
Between 13800 and 13860 Roach describes a gully to avoid the major difficulties of the upper ridge. Comfortable with the rock in the area we found solid class 4 scrambles up a short chimney to gain the top of the ridge.
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Pondering the short climb to Ice Mt's summit

After the chimney the difficulty stayed at class 3 it was just 100 more ft to go!
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The scramble was amazing, solid, airy, and fun

We summited Ice Mt at 9:15 had a long break an celebratory beers.
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Summit of Ice Mt

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Reversing Roach’s description towards West Apostle we descended a loose SW gully to avoid the major cliffs on Ice Mt’s west ridge.
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Southwestern gully off Ice's summit

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further down the gully

At the base of the gully a series of grassy ledges and traverses led the way to the Ice Mt, West Apostle saddle.
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Looking East back across the traverse

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Just above the Ice Mt West Apostle saddle

Just above the saddle West Apostle’s north face dropped off dramatically, astounding cliffs led to deep steep gullies.
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Tower on West Apostle's east ridge

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Looking back to Ice Mt and North Apostle

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Summiting West Apostle with clear full views of the morning’s accomplishments was a very rewarding way to descend.
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Summit of West Apostle with Ice Mt and North Apostle

Just SW of West Apostle we got a shot of all 3 Apostles what a day of great scrambling/climbing!
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West Apostle Ice Mt and North Apostle from West Apostle's false Summit

Down a steep gully and then ridge leading to a small lake directly north of West Apostle we quickly descended towards lake Ann. Wonderful afternoon weather helped us by being just slightly cloudy.
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Wildflowers near lake Ann

Taken near the trail split between Apostle Basin and Lake Ann trails I got a perfect view of the entire traverse. This is an amazing classic climb I highly recommend it.
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Ice Cubed, check!

I arrived a few minuets after Marc at the campsite near the trailhead at 4:10pm total time 12hrs 25min



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  • Comments or Questions (3)
sevenvii


Ice is Nice     2011-08-24 12:13:44
Ice was my first taste of real scrambling and I enjoyed it. Nice report, we had to bail on W. Apostle though from weather, still have to go back and get that one.


FireOnTheMountain



Nice Job!     2011-08-24 12:20:34
I tried this climb earlier this year but started from Huron. I will definitely be back for it though so thanks for the report!


Chinook


Nice!     2011-08-25 19:44:39
That was an awesome report. Those are my favorite Sawatch peaks!



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