Stats: 15.5 miles with 7800’ of vert
Ridge walking with very limited class 3
Improvisation is a remarkable thing.
Kiefer, Matt and I met at the Dry Creek Park-n-Ride on Friday after work, threw our junk into Kiefer’s poor Jeep and hit the road (jack).
We knew we were in for a haul when we could only make it to 9,200 due to the snow. This turned out to be 1 mile shy of the FR 437 turnoff. In the summer you are able to drive up 437 to 11,500, but who would do that when you could add about 3.5 miles each way and about the same amount of vert??
We departed from our impasse at 11pm with plans to bivy as high as we could get.
At 2:45 am we found ourselves at almost 11,900 with 3.7 miles under our belts. Much thanks to aaronmojica who put in a trench earlier on his failed attempt of Maxwell. Hope you got it man!!
Long story short, we went to sleep under a beautiful, pristine Van Gogh and woke up a few hours later with winds howling and snow blowing like crazy. Our plan was shot. So around 7:30am we headed up Maxwell, still unsure of the plan.
Kiefer wondering what’s for breakfast with the Spanish peaks in the distance
Shot north towards Culebra. Congrats to the Culebra group who got it this day!
As we sat on the summit of Maxwell, we decided to head north for Cuatro.
Enter spice here: View towards Cuatro
Fun little ridge
It was obvious once we got to Cuatro that our day was not done. Winds picked up as we left Cuatro and remained for the rest of the day.
Ridge to “Leaning South Peak”, “Leaning North Peak” and Trinchera Peak
Once atop “South Leaning” I knew I had to get Trinchera, but Kiefer and Matt were a little unsure. So I left before them and was happy to see them going for “North Leaning” as I made my way up it.
View of Trinchera from “North Leaning”
Crestone/Little Bear group from Trinchera
Little Bear group close up
West Spanish Peak
View from whence we came
Sun waning on Cuatro
Good times and great oldies doing the twist in the Sangres. 8)