| Mt. Antero - Baldwin Creek
I met Caveman_Ug, MAustinPelster and Bill in Morrison at 0100 to head up to Antero. After a three hour drive of debaucherous manly conversation, we got to the Antero/Baldwin Lake fork at a few minutes after 0400.
We crossed Baldwin Creek on foot at about 0430 and headed up the jeep trail toward Antero. There was no snow on the first mile or so and within an hour we switched into shorts. The sky was clear and the temperature mild.
Following the jeep trail was easy. We only had to make a few short detours/maneuvers around snow patches. From point 13,800, we quickly crossed the class 2 ridge to Antero, staying high to avoid remaining snow. Some of us stayed on snow most of the way to Antero's summit, others stayed on the rocks. We spent about 30 minutes enjoying the sun on the summit. Took a bunch of photos and chatted with a pair of hikers from Canada and Chicago.
Our crew (Bill, Austin, Rob and David) on Antero's summit:
On the way down to the ridge, we ran into mjlucarelli. Further on, at the saddle with 13,800, we ran into Mark Milburn's party of three, including altitude14er. We exchanged pleasantries and discussed hiking together in the future.
Austin on the 13,800/Antero saddle with the ridge and Antero in the background:
Mjlucarelli descended from the summit and joined us while we were on our extended lunch break on the saddle between 13,800' and Antero. While eating lunch (Caveman and Maustinpelster actually carried a stove and fuel in their packs), some low and dark clouds moved in from the north. We all began an accelerated descent shortly before some light snow/sleet started to fall.
The weather cleared up as we got down toward 12,000' and we arrived back at the vehicles at 1230. Mjlucarelli went down to meet friends in the valley while Caveman, Maustinepelster, Bill and I went to the Coyote Cantina for post-hiking dinner.
All in all a great day with great companions! Antero was mostly snowfree and can be hiked without gaiters or snowshoes.
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