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 Peak(s):  McCurdy Mtn - 12,168 feet
 Post Date:  05/06/2013
 Date Climbed:   05/04/2013
 Posted By:  Brian Thomas

 Take Us To Your Summit(s)   


McCurdy Mtn McMeetup
Lost Creek Wilderness
Saturday May 4, 2013



hosted by Kevin Baker
participants: Cecilia, Jason, John, Jordan, Steve and myself



I attempted McCurdy Mtn solo a few months ago, made it to the summit plateau, and mistakenly went for the wrong summit. After floundering on a few of McCurdy's several south summits for an hour, I realized the true summit was all the way on the other side of the plateau and gave up on the day. But my rule is that any summit I attempt and fail, I have to go back and get. And preferably soon, as the thoughts of the box not checked will torment me until my successful return. So when Kevin posted for a McCurdy meetup on Colorado Scramblers, I enthusiastically RSVP'd, knowing Kevin had been there before and could locate the true summit again. And it was very much a meetup, as I had never shared a summit with anyone else in the group before then.

The carpool was initially proposed for 5:00, but concerns about snow depth pushed it up to 4:00. I opted to skip the carpool and drive down to the gated Twin Eagles campground and trailhead and poach a campsite Friday night.

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The rest of the group arrived Saturday morning and the hike began 12 minutes ahead of schedule at 6:18.

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photo credit Kevin

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UN 11,460' and McCurdy Tower - photo credit Kevin


We encountered the first substantial snow of the day on our descent toward McCurdy Park.

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Ascending from McCurdy Park to the UN 11,762' - McCurdy saddle was the deepest snow of the day. Those of us not wearing snowshoes were rewarded with some character-building, knee-deep postholing.

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photo credit Kevin


At the UN 11,762' - McCurdy saddle, the Tenmile, Mosquito and Sawatch Ranges come into view.

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Looking back from the saddle toward McCurdy Tower.

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Nameless, but ranked, UN 11,762' has nice views of Pikes from its summit.

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UN 11,762' - photo credit Kevin


These two outcrops flank the gully above near where we left the trail.

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photo credit Kevin


Your official welcome to the Lost Creek Wilderness: bushwacking up a gully full of deadfall, boulders and snow.

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John and Jason enjoy the views at the gully's exit to the summit plateau.

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photo credit Kevin


McCurdy's south summits as seen from near the top of the gully.

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McCurdy south summits - photo credit Kevin


Entering the broad summit plateau.

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photo credit Cecilia


Lost Creek Wilderness highpoint Bison Peak as seen from the summit plateau.

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photo credit Kevin

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photo credit Kevin


The arrow notes our route exiting the plateau toward the true summit.

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After crossing through the notch we hike to the north side of McCurdy's summit block to locate a weakness in the formation. Here the group ascends a snow-covered ramp just below the summit, the McCurdy Step.

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photo credit Kevin


Jason tops out with me close behind.

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photo credit Cecilia

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We all made it up by 12:20. Summit group shot minus our meetup host. L-to-R: Cecilia, Jordan, Jason (seated), John (standing), Steve and myself.

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photo credit Kevin


Steve cautiously navigates the McCurdy Step downclimb.

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photo credit Kevin


And back across the summit plateau.

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photo credit Kevin


Jordan amidst the deadfall as we descend the gully.

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photo credit Cecilia


And a last look back from near the trailhead.

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EXIT LCW

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Thanks to Kevin for organizing and thanks to all the participants for attending. Great group, great day!



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  • Comments or Questions
Jay521


Gotta love the LCW...     2013-05-06 12:29:23
... and McCurdy is a great peak. Glad you went back to get it. Nice report, Brian!


Kevin Baker


Good group     2013-05-06 12:32:21
Thanks for posting the TR, Brian. It was a fine day out with a strong group of hikers. It's kind of hard introducing folks to the LCW without scaring them off because as you know most of the hikes involve a lot more tough bushwacking than this. It was nice to only have to endure only a brief stretch of leopoard aspens to bash through! McCurdy is such a cool mountain, although it is JUST a 12er.


randalmartin


Nice trip, and you get to check that box     2013-05-06 14:31:03
Hey Brian, nice to see you finally get that one checked off. On the bright side, maybe all of that deadfall serves as a barrier to entry to ensure you properly enjoy the summit.


Ceastar


Great Day     2013-05-06 20:03:53
Nice recap of a solid hike. It had a little bit of everything. Great to share it with you.


globreal


And he's back!     2013-05-06 22:51:40
Just can't keep you outta that LCW, huh? It's a unique and wonderful place. Thanks for introducing me to it this past winter.

Great TR, pictures, and report. Thanks for posting.

I'm sure I'll be back in there this coming winter.



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