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 Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
 Post Date:  01/22/2012
 Date Climbed:   01/21/2012
 Posted By:  BlenderHead

 Windy Day on Humbolt   

Climbingbiz and I ended up getting to the 2wd trailhead at about 7:30 and headed out with blue skies.
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We found the tracks left by WDavis through the trees which made for pretty easy treck up to tree line. There were a couple false sets of tracks (which we added to) but ended up ditching the snowshoes at about 11,000' and found our way out of the trees in good time.
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Once we got out of the trees it was super windy. It made for an exhausting hike up to the false summit, but once we got there the wind died down enough to make for an ok climb to the top.

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A snow storm was coming in as we got to the top, blocking the view of the Crestones
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Once we got back below the false summit the winds really picked up, making for a slow tough hike back down to the trees. We overshot where we were supposed to meet up with our trail and ended up in waist deep snow until we were able to meet back up with our tracks.

We ended up getting back to the car just before dark and hit up a much deserved crave burger in castle rock on the way home.



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  • Comments or Questions (7)
WDavis


Tracks     2012-01-23 09:23:32
Congrats! Glad you guys made it even in the wind.


James Scott


Summer     2012-01-23 14:22:02
What would that route be like in the summer? Would route finding be a nightmare, or does the ridge pretty much lead you out to timberline where you need to be? Enjoyed the report!


BlenderHead


Re: Summer     2012-01-23 14:44:41
It's hard to say, since this was my first time up there and we had a pretty good trail to follow, but I can't imagine the route finding would be too hard in the summer. There were a good amount of cairns, and once you get to the ridge in the woods, you stay on it most of the way to treeline.


ranger7

Thinking about doing Humboldt next...     2012-01-23 17:38:04
Great job making it in those HIGH winds!

From your Start Point, what was total Round Trip Distance of the hike plz?

Mark


BlenderHead


Re: Thinking about doing Humboldt next...     2012-01-23 18:49:43
Didn't have the gps running the whole trip, but others have said 13.1 - 13.5mi from the private property sign.


deenor


Sweet!     2012-01-24 19:26:26
Nice work! I did this a couple weekends back. Lots of wind, lots of fun!


tockelstein2005


awesome     2012-02-12 18:50:19
I want to do that someday.



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