Route: Mount Meeker and Meeker Ridge via Loft Direct
Date: Aug. 29, 2013
Trip Length: 11.3 miles RT
Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft.
The Loft Direct
Morning light on Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.
Grassy meadows above Columbine Falls. The route goes up the talus field in the center and turns right (SW).
Looking up the route. The Flying Buttress on Mt. Meeker is seen on the left and the Ships Prow is on the right.
A composite view of the Ships Prow. The Loft is a broad saddle in the left.
The Flying Buttress on Mt. Meeker, a home of RMNP classic alpine route.
Approaching the Loft headwall.
The North Face of Mt. Meeker with the Flying Buttress seen in the background.
Looking down towards Mills Moraine trail junction.
At the base of the Loft headwall. The standard ramp route turns left here. The Loft Direct ascends the buttress in the center of the image.
The route up the headwall. It follows a system of grassy ledges with short sections of Class 5.0-5.4 climbing between them.
Lots of possible variations. Pick your line.
A nice corner/crack system.
Looking down from half-way up the headwall.
Looking along the North Face of Mt. Meeker. The standard route ramp is seen running up diagonally from the lower left corner.
Another nice crack system close to the top of the headwall.
View from the top of the Loft headwall.
Mount Meeker - Meeker Ridge Traverse
South-to-northwest panoramic view from the summit of Mt. Meeker.
The summit of Mt. Meeker.
Mt. Meeker: looking toward Meeker Ridge high point.
Traversing the "Knife Edge".
The "Knife Edge": looking back at Mt. Meeker.
Meeker Ridge summit panorama.
Looking down the Northeast Ridge.
Descending the Northeast Ridge route, view towards Longs Peak.
Looking down the "Iron Gates" gully.
Looking down the descent gully, the next one down the ridge from the "Iron Gates".
The East Face of Longs Peak, The Loft, The Ships Prow and Chasm Lake seen on the descent.
Chasm Lake and the Diamond.
Another view of Chasm Lake and the Diamond.