Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
Post Date:  12/08/2008
Date Climbed:   12/06/2008
Posted By:  4HClimber

 Missouri - West Ridge - Round One Trip Report   

Missouri – West Ridge - Round One Trip Report

5:40 a.m. - Depart Rockdale Trailhead
6:20 a.m. – Depart Clohesy Lake Trailhead
12:00 noon – Summit
3:45 p.m. – Arrive Clohesy Lake Trailhead
4:10 p.m. – Arrive Rockdale Trailhead

I met up with Scott P to make the trip up Missouri on December 6. When I get the pictures he took on the climb, there may be a round two report in a few days. There were several others corresponding on the "climbing connection" for several days prior to the 6th that were trying to make it—but alas, there were only two standing at the Rockdale trailhead at 5:30 a.m. Scott felt adventuresome and we jumped in his 4x4 (maybe a Pathfinder—I can't remember) to try and cut about 6 miles roundtrip off of this winter climb by driving to the upper trailhead.

The first water crossing was a bear but we made it to the Clohesy Lake trailhead at about 6:15 a.m. The snow was getting deep on the road up and there will probably not be very many--if any more drive ups--until next spring or summer.

Scott P at the trailhead – I don't know if he is praying or what?

A great picture looking to the east of the Clohesy Lake Trailhead. This peak would be north of the west ridge.

Again from the Clohesy Lake Trailhead. I believe this is the west ridge that we will be on in a couple of hours.

Scott coming up the west ridge with the Three Apostles in the background.

Here is a look at the steep push to get to the northwest ridge.

And here Scott is making his way up that steep push.

Here we are on the lovely and sunny northwest ridge

Just short of the summit.

Scott on the summit

On the way back down the west ridge, the cloud cover finely relented and showed us the full view of Huron to the west.

And when we were half way down the mountain the summit becomes clear and cloud-free. By the time we arrived at the lower trailhead the sky was almost completely clear.

This was my 18th 14er since the onset of my high altitude affliction began 6 months ago. And one valuable lesson that I learned on this winter climb is that it takes twice as much effort and nearly twice as much time to climb a pile of rocks in the winter as it does in the summer.

Stay tuned for the round two report as more pictures come in.

Jeff Goodwin
AKA - 4HClimber

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  • Comments or Questions

.     12/09/2008 22:04
Love the ”sunny” summit shot! Looks like a you had a great time

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