| Spalding Climb
Peak: Mount Spalding (13,842)
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2007
Route: West Ridge / Summit Lake
When I arrived at the trailhead at 6:00 AM, my original goal was to scale to the top of Evans, via Mt. Spalding. At the time Evans was only a little bit cloud covered, so I pushed on figuring it would burn off.
When I sumitted Spalding though later on the peaks were covered in heavy cloud cover and had some slight drizzle blowing down. Not wanting to risk being stuck far from the trailhead, in the cold air if it did rain, I aborted my attempt to Evans and instead drove to the top.
Between Summit Lake and the Evans summit I met a few 14ers.com members, and directed a few others towards the site. Overall Spalding was done with relative ease, with a few spots that could be a bit tricky on a bad ankle.
I was able to get to the trailhead just in time to catch the sun rise off to the east.
Mount Evans and it's ridge as seen when I set off to climb, with a little bit of cloud cover. Boy did that change.
Overall the trail was well marked, and followed, and the first half took a bit of climbing up some rocky areas.
You also got some great views down into the Chicago Creek Basin.
A look back to the trailhead and what was climbed.
Here the clouds really started to move in, and the wind kicked up. The view to the summit on the easiest portion of the hike.
The view of the summit.
After climbing Evans I drove to the top and did the 1/4 mile to its summit in a fake climb. While there the clouds got even thicker, and a few mountain goats wandered on up.
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