This has been a rough summer for me. In June, the Waldo Canyon fire had us evacuated from our house for nearly a week. Our house was fine, but mentally, that was a difficult experience.
Waldo Canyon Fire from My House
And then in early August we got news that our doberman, Annabelle (aka best dog in the world), had a very aggressive (and somewhat rare) form of cancer, malignant histiocytocis. We started a trial study of a new drug that puts us at CSU, Ft Collins one day every 3 weeks. We're still early in the treatment and it's not clear how well it's working.
My accomplishments for the year include: 7 14ers w/repeats , 3 13ers, 4 backpacking trips including Four Pass Loop, and multiple rock climbing outings.
I did not realize I had a 3-day weekend until the last minute. My friend Mike, who's working on his centennials, had plans to do Mount Oklahoma (souteast slopes) on Sunday, so me and another friend, Jonathan joined him.
There was very little snow on the ground, but all of the creeks and springs were starting to freeze up and made for slick crossings in a few cases.
The scenery on this route was fabulous.
Elbert and French
Deer Mountain (Right)
The Basin between Massive and Oklahoma
A Half Moon Over the Half Moon Trail
After splitting off the Halfmoon Creek trail, there was a bit of route-finding in the trees. We had a GPS route loaded that we used to make sure we were staying on route. Surprisingly, we managed to stay on route the entire time and only used the GPS to confirm we were on route. We even crossed the first creek at the exact same place on the way back.
Creek Crossing #1
That Scree Slope Doesn't Look Bad
Topping Out on the Scree Slope. Steep and Loose = Suck
Mike on the Talus Slope
Mike Topping Out
Jonathan Topping Out
Although, I'm not sure Mount Oklahoma is named after the University of Oklahoma, it makes sense given it's location near the Collegiate Peaks. Either way, being a University of Texas fan, I had to flash the Hook 'Em Horns. Immediately after, I begged the mountain gods for forgiveness and a safe descent
Hook 'Em Horns
The summit views were spectacular.
Summit From South To West
Snowmass and Capitol
Pyramid and the Bells
The descent was rather uneventful with the exception of a very careful descent of the scree slope. I had used microspikes on the descent which made it much easier.