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 Peak(s):  Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
Sunshine Peak  -  14,001 feet
"Sundog"  -  13,432 feet
Handies Peak  -  14,048 feet
Whitecross Mtn  -  13,542 feet
 Post Date:  09/21/2007 Modified: 09/24/2007
 Date Climbed:   09/08/2007
 Posted By:  Pappy

 Handies group   

Better late than never I guess....here's some pics from our Handies trip a couple of weeks ago. Now that I figured out how to do this trip report business I can do them a bit faster. Walt Barker and myself went out to do the Handies group Sept 8th & 9th...so here it goes.....

9/8/07 - When we arrived at trailhead at 1:00am we through our sleeping bags out onto the ground and crashed. By the time we woke later in the morning we were covered with a thick layer of frost. Here's Walt staggering around trying to see through his glasses.
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After a little grub we started at Silver Creek trailhead at 7:30.

On the way up the Silver Creek trail looking back at Handies.
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We summitted Recloud around 10:00am.

NNE from Redcloud summit
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On top of Redcloud
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View towards Uncompahgre Peak.
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Walt on Redcloud
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Looking across at Sun Dog.
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The summit of Redcloud and the connecting ridge to Sunshine were very windy. Once we reached the summit of Sunshine we had reprieve from the wind.
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From Redcloud we dropped off the NW side down to the ridge leading to Sun Dog.

Looking north from Sun Dog ridge.
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The ridge leading to Sun Dog was definitely the best part of the trip. There's a short scramble stretch above the saddle to get on top of the ridge.

On top of Sun Dog looking back at Sunshine.
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We arrived back at trailhead at about 4:30 that afternoon. Now it was time to head for Handies.

9/9/07 - The night before we drove up the jeep road to about a mile below the American Basin trailhead. This was about as far as we dared taking Walt's car. By morning Walt wasn‘t feeling very good, so I was on my own going up Handies. I headed up the American Basin trail at 7:00am.

Looking across at Sloan Lake.
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Almost to the summit looking back down at Sloan Lake.
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Whitecross Mountain from top of Handies.
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Me at the summit! Arrived on top at about 8:30am.
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West from Handies.
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No more battery power...gone through 2 sets of batteries already. Cold and digital cameras don‘t go good together. Guess I'll have to start buying the good ones for the digital camera. From Handies I drop down the ridge and up to Whitecross Mountain. The ridge is a nice hike. The summit of Handies and across to Whitecross was very windy. Had to keep moving to stay warm. I was back at the car around 10:45am.

It's now Friday...getting near the end of the school day. Hopefully the weather holds for the weekend to do Mt. Sneffels.



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
Iguru


Met you on Sunshine.     2010-11-30 10:20:17
Hi. Iguru here. I met you guys on Sunshine's summit on 9/8. You two were laying back soaking up the sun or catching a few zzzzzz's when I summitted solo. We talked for a while about Vernal and how the hotels are always full nowadays with mining industry workers. I had said that the huge hotels were numerous, but rarely full. Remember?. Anyway, I didn't know you were 14ers.com members. I have many of the same photos you got. Nice meeting you and keep on hiking!
This is me on Sneffels in case you don't remember.


Pappy

Hey Igura!     2007-09-28 13:51:02
It was a pleasure meeting you on Sunshine. After the cold windy stretch going up Redcloud and across to Sunshine, the calmness on Sunshine was very nice. The siesta felt great!!

Happy Trails!



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