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 Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
 Post Date:  10/23/2011
 Date Climbed:   10/22/2011
 Posted By:  oldschool

 Evans via Bierstatd and Sawtooth   

Got a Saturday open....what to do?

Decided on the Sawtooth to Evans. I did Bierstadt a few years ago and the Sawtooth looked just my style. Wasn't able to do it then. Image

Got up at 2:30 am and drove to the trailhead. Very windy! I was in the parking lot, filling water bottles and spilled some on the pavement...froze right now! Got settled up and off I went. I was solo. Image

Made the summit of Bierstadt in 1:45. Ran into a guy on the saddle just before the final slope to the top of Bierstadt. He slept up on the saddle the night before! He said it was super windy, cold, cold, cold, and was just counting the minutes for the sun to rise. He hauled a 90lb pack up there too..asked him WHY? He said he has been training for South America. Good luck to you my friend. Image
Guy on saddle...slept up there!
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Guy heading for summit


Looked off to the descent towards the Sawtooth. Snowier than I expected. Off I went. Basically took a semi-direct line over to the lowest point of the ridge. I did try to stay on the rocks as the snow was either bullet hard or sugar. Made good time, moving quickly and I was on the wind protected side of the ridge so it was so nice and warm. Sun was out and life is good! Image
Looking off Bierstadt towards Sawtooth
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Looking off Bierstadt towards Sawtooth


Managed the Class 3/4 stuff ok and got around to the ramp exiting the Sawtooth. As soon as I came around that ridge to the shady side, the wind was whipping, colder for sure. The snow on the shady portions of the ramp was a bit dicey, so had to be careful. Walked the ramp out left and out on the top I came. Now the LONG walk to Evans. One foot in front of the other. Image
Around the corner to the Ramp
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Looking back to the exit of the Ramp


Saw 2 other guys out ahead of me...they came up straight from the Guanella parking lot to do Evans. Met them on the summit of Evans. we all descended together, again heading basically straight down, as the 14ers.com descent states. There is a cairned route down through the willows.....take your time and find it. It makes life easy getting through the damn willows.

All in all it was a great day. The route was just what I was looking for.... a beautiful ridge, some nice Class3/4 stuff, windy but nice weather. Image



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
Jon Frohlich


Next door     2011-10-23 10:33:09
There was a group of us over on Gray Wolf as well. I went over to Spalding after and then descended from Summit Lake. I looked over at Evans and wondered if anyone was over there. Beautiful day!


msmith7361


Great TR     2011-10-23 18:35:32
Congrats on a safe summit! Great TR - We thought about doing this on Friday as well but went for Massive instead. Hope to head up to the Sawtooth soon!


javy20040


Hi Oldschool!     2011-10-23 19:07:53
I am the guy who slept on the saddle and spoke with you in the summit. It was nice talking with you and to hear that you made it to Evans safe.

Javier


oldschool


Hi Javier     2011-10-23 20:50:25
Nice to hear from you...now I know who you are! The hike over to Evans was very nice. Again, best of luck to you on your adventures.

Mike



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