Peak(s):  Snowmass Mountain  -  14,092 feet
Hagerman Pk  -  13,841 feet
Post Date:  09/19/2007
Date Climbed:   09/16/2007
Posted By:  maverick_manley

 A Wild Day on the Snowmass - Hagerman Ridge   


  • Comments or Questions

I had to be gone huh...crap     02/05/2011 00:22
Looks like I missed an epic climb...crap.... Great job guys!!!


I was wondering....     09/19/2007 15:39

I was wondering how that tower got done. From the summit of Hagerman all I could make out was the southwest face and it looked as though you would have had to drop down a ways traverse towards Hagerman and then regain the ridge. The way you two went looks a lot more exciting, that northeast face of the tower looks rock solid. Thanks for the beta. I wish the timing of our climbs had been slightly different I would have loved to have met the both of you on the summit of Hagerman, perhaps next time. Glad you guys home without incident. Thanks again for posting your report, the beta will help.


Ca Boom!     09/19/2007 15:49
Ah, fun times. To have skirted along that ridge between the frizzling zaps it received this day was amazing. I was sooo close to turning back at the base of Snowmass man, glad it worked out buddy. Whats next?

For those looking to do this traverse, I do not suggest using the chimney I did to overcome that tower. It is a rotten mess of moss and loose rock. Prepare for questionable fist jams, moss covered downward sloping foot holds and fins which pull straight out of the mountain. The solid rock (a dihedral or butress) right on the ridgeline is by far a smarter alternative.


Adrenalin shot blocks     11/30/2010 17:28
wish they made those... it does magical things. PKR, it would've been good to meet you on Hagerman brother. Thanks for the comments all... Hey Joe, there's most of a blueberry pancake left over in my cube. I ran out of syrup... You want it?


Livin' life on the edge     11/30/2010 17:28
What would you boy's do if you didn't have any deathly exposure you could skip across every weekend? Now exposure isn't enough, you got to throw in a little hail and lightning. Very nice though, I take it debbie didn't feel to great the next morning. Hey Joe, did you get those twenty or so wine stains out of your carpet?


AH Ha!     11/30/2010 17:28
Higgy? Finally I get to see your username... still cant figure out the avatar huh. Send it to me and your login info and Ill take care of it.

Capture (carpet cleaner) is a wonderful thing, cant see um at all.

Ya Debbie opted for mucho recovery time, I could have used a bit more myself. How'd you fare?


Doumall...     11/30/2010 17:28
I felt fine, however, I could barely walk in the morning. I slept in the recliner all night without moving at all and I paid the price. I'll e-mail that info over to you today some time.


good stuff     11/30/2010 17:28
quite the traverse and the report, nice to re-live through this extensive report, cause I'm never goin back there in real life ever again, thats for sure. Excellent job showing the exposure, I got to the tower so quick I forgot to take some mid-far away shots showing just how tall and intimidating that thing really is. It probably compares to LB-Blanca in some aspects, but atleast you don't flirt with death for 2.5 straight hours, just once or twice.

Joe, I sat at that point where you guys took the pic of that dihedral for a good 30-45 minutes just looking at that thing, trying to figure out if its reasonably sain to climb up it. You are very right about the moss and fin-shaped loose rock, it eventually made my decision to head to the right very easy after pulling out 3-4 of those. 5.5 unroped moves are tough to commit to, especially when you don't know what awaits you on the other side. Kudos to you for getting up that thing, thats one tough chimney.


helmut...     11/30/2010 17:28
Thanks, you probably made my life a little easier on those first few moves by removing some of that junk, unfortunately up top there was still plenty to be found. Don't know if I would have had the balls to climb that thing being solo, the feeling of exposure you get on it unroped is undescribable


Re: Livin' life on the edge     11/30/2010 17:28
John, that's a sweet little avatar boy...

helmut: I was trying to figure out how you crossed to the right of that tower. I didn't see an obvious way.

Jared: Thanks for the vote and comment man. You'll love this route. Try to go when there's good weather. I bet the views kick butt.


Prakash     11/30/2010 17:28
If you look closely on my report, you'll see the red line I took, I just felt a lot better about it being solo and all, wasn't as exciting but still a few tough moves to boot and there wasn't the possibility of falling 500 near vertical feet w/ huge splintered boulders falling out from under you. Call me crazy, but thats now how I imagined I'd die. Either way, your right with regards to the weather, not the best place to be indeed.


dude     10/25/2012 04:25
this TR is gangster

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