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 Peak(s):  Arkansas Mt  -  13,795 feet
 Post Date:  03/15/2009
 Date Climbed:   03/14/2009
 Posted By:  piper14er

 Mount Arkansas - North Ridge   

Rank 108
5.5 - 6 miles roundtrip
6 hours
Start elevation 10,900 feet
2900 feet vertical
Class 3

A very nice day with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and a mild breeze. Hopefully I have not used my allotment of good weather days for this year.

I have been trading back and forth between the Sangres and the Mosquitos this winter and this was a Mosquito day.

Highway 91 just south of the Climax mine on the switchback there is a road that heads off to the east. Parked behind the guardrail at a small plowed area that is the start of the dirt road in the summer. Three feet of snow there right now. There is a sign about 100 feet off the highway that says public access. I took this picture after returning to the truck.

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A shot of Arkansas although you cannot see the summit.

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Follow the road a short way where you can cut to the right and hike up to a road a few feet higher up. Could be the same road but with the snow I could not tell. Take a left and follow the road until you are below this hump in the ridge and bear to the right and start climbing. You can see in the picture above, a track in the snow.

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After gaining a few hundred feet from the parking spot you emerge from the trees and are now at the start of the ridge and the bottom of the hump. It was actually a fairly steep stretch going up the 300-400 feet in deep loose snow. Northeasterly ridge in the background.

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On the ridge.

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Looking at the ridge but not the summit.

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A series of shots along the ridge. The ridge was windblown so you could hike along the edge of the snow or otherwise you could slog along and sink in the soft snow.

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The start of a narrower ridge and some scrambling. The first false summit.

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The ridge gets narrower.

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Ledges as you are hiking up and along the ridge.

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Looking back at the ridge tower on the summit side of the ledge picture. A combination of staying on the ridge top and scrambling off to the right side as you are heading up toward the ridge.

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Overall the ridge was 4 to 8 foot wide with some snow and dry rock. The easterly side was steep snow but the westerly side had less snow and more rocks exposed. The westerly side was not that steep for the most part. There was one spot where the ridge was only about 18 inches wide but could be avoided. There was some loose rock along the way and I did grab one large rock that broke away and gave me a start.

The summit.

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The top with Mount Tweto and it's connecting ridge left and London to the right, also Pennsylvania in the middle.

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Buckskin.

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Lincoln, Democrat, etc.

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Looking west.

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Snowshoes for the first stretch to the hump. Boots from there. I did not use crampons but cut some steps towards the top with my axe.

Two more hikes left to knock off the ranked (13,000 and higher peaks) and most of the unranked or soft peaks in the Mosquitos. Arkansas was one of the more interesting peaks in this range



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  • Comments or Questions (4)
sgladbach


Good Job!     2009-03-15 16:50:39
You pulled off another nice winter peak. How was that ridge compared to the east ridge on Little Horn? Did the dog make the summit?

Steve


Furthermore


Nice Work     2009-03-15 17:35:49
That‘s a fun winter route. I enjoyed it very much last winter. Good Work.


BillMiddlebrook


Agreed!     2009-03-15 19:41:32
Arkansas makes for a great winter ascent and provides an alternative view of the Mosquitos that few get to see. Great work and thanks for the pics!


piper14er


Dog summited again.     2009-03-16 06:56:59
Thanks guys.

Steve I thought that the Arkansas ridge was a bit harder and a little rougher but for a shorter stretch, if that makes sense.

The dog was a little sore though after this one. Little Horn he was not.



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