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 Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
 Post Date:  11/04/2008
 Date Climbed:   11/01/2008
 Posted By:  ne14climbing

 Mt. Antero - Baldwin Gulch Route   

Mt. Antero from Baldwin Gulch Trailhead. Saturday Nov 1 turned out to be a great day for this climb. I drove up the 4WD road and parked just shy of the BG creek crossing at about 10,800. This road is pretty gnarly - lots of rocks to beat up yer tires! There is ample parking near the creek although the road continues on through the creek. There was some snow on the ground past the creek, but nothing that would stop a 4x4. By the time this post hits the flakes could be flying again - there is a WSW out for 11/04 (today).

This was a pleasantly uncrowded climbing day, despite the near perfect conditions. I arrived at the TH at 7:00a still in darkness. Starting out I followed the road up to the first major snow-filled gully. I ascended the gully following the snow all the way. Just wearing boots - no crampons, and the going was ok. Wished I had my ice axe though. I made the mistake of thinking I wouldn‘t need it!

The route is easy to follow. There is some snow further up so footsteps from previous parties provided ample direction. In worst case scenario, the 4x4 road can be followed the entire way up to the ridge as per the pics.

Once on top of the ridge the climbing is on pure talus and is would probably be considered class III scrambling. Route-finding is not difficult - the summit is in view most of the way. On this particular day the snow levels were not bad so route finding was like a typical summer-time climb.

The round trip was about 8 miles. I wasn‘t in a big hurry so spent time at the summit eating lunch and taking pictures and enjoying the day. Total time was about 8 hours - 4.5 hrs up, 3.5 hrs down. Others could probably do it much faster...

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Start by crossing Baldwin Creek
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Heading up the snow-covered road. Sections of this road were pure ice and a little tricky due to recent thaw / freeze cycles. It‘s a short section but crampons would have been nice...
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Looking back (North) at Princeton and surrounding range.
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Climbing up this gully would not be much fun without the snow!
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The view looking up from within the gully.
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Looking back the 4WD road is visible although snow-covered. I crossed the road and headed straight towards the top.
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Looking up at the remaining climb - the summit is clearly visible. This part is pretty much all talus and becomes steeper towards the top.
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Looking back down at the ridge. The exposure isn't bad along the south side of the ridge and the route is well established.
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It's pretty steep going towards the top!
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Great view of Mt. Princeton from the summit!
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The newer register tube is in-tact and was easy to find on this day. There is also an old rusty register tube. Couldn't find the marker though.
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The shameless self-portrait! My own marker in hand! Thank you HP!
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  • Comments or Questions (1)
Shogun


Excellent..     2008-11-06 12:54:14
..1st trip report! I might try this one on Saturday and appreciate the pics. Glad you could get it in before the flakes came flyin!



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