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 Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
 Post Date:  06/07/2008 Modified: 12/24/2008
 Date Climbed:   05/25/2008
 Posted By:  LongLiveTheHuskers

 Memorial Day Weekend   

Humboldt Peak 14064 ft
West Ridge (Standard)





Left Omaha, Neb at sundown on Friday night...drove 12 hours with Iowa Chuck down I-80 into Colorado, thru Denver into The Springs and eventually arriving at Westcliffe at approx 9:00 am (Sat 5/24). A HUGE wall of clouds literally hung over the Sangres. After talking to the locals we heard tales of a foot of snowfall within the last 72 hours.
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The road from the lower parking lot of the South Colony Lakes TH was easily accessible to within 1.5 miles from its entrance, near a pull out area for vehicles to park. I would imagine most all vehicles could reach this parking spot, but at 9:00 am finding one proved difficult. We found a pullout shortly before the this area and took it.
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Began our trip to the lakes. The road gets bad in a hurry. Over half of the trek up the road to the upper parking lot was well covered in many feet of snow. It slowed our pace. We didn't pack the snowshoes and paid for it. Camp was made by the double log footbridge (which was under three feet of snow) next to the stream that had pooled near the upper parking lot at 11,000 ft.
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(Sun 5/25) Up at sunrise to begin my solo ascent. The sky hadn't changed much from the day before, cloudy and windy and overcast. I kept an eye on the weather, stopping a few times to possibly reconsider the idea going any further. Without snowshoes the hike around Brokenhand Peak and thru the forest took some time. Much snow... Arrived at the lower South Colony Lake and continued up selecting where I would navigate due to my lack of snowshoes.
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Straight up to the ridge seemed best. Once I hit the saddle gusts well over 35 mph shot from the southwest.
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Looking up the ridge.
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Looking back down.
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Snow and rock to the top.
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Summit shots...Met a good dude from Alabama and some guys from Denver at the top. Gotta love the mountaineering crowd.
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