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 Peak(s):  Pacific Pk  -  13,950 feet
Crystal Pk A  -  13,852 feet
Atlantic Pk  -  13,841 feet
 Post Date:  03/21/2009
 Date Climbed:   03/19/2009
 Posted By:  4HClimber

 A Great Day on the Pacific   

Thursday March 19, 2009

North Ridge Route - Mayflower Gulch Trailhead


Depart Mayflower Gulch Trailhead: 6:40 a.m.
Summit:12:30 p.m.
Return to Trailhead: 4:30 p.m

I hooked up on the "climbing connection" on this website with Robert (on spring break from Illinois) and Mark from Greeley (Scooby Koob on this site) to do Pacific. The weather was great and I learned that when you climb with a tuba player that practices three hours a day at 5,000 feet elevation you are in for a fast paced day. Mark, the tuba player, and Robert were great climbing partners for the day, and we all greatly appreciate the 14'er website for getting us together for the climb—Robert's girl friend and my wife would not have been happy with a solo climb in the winter.

The first mile of trail was a fast walk up a snow-packed road.



After the first mile, here's were we strapped on our snowshoes and headed north with Pacific's summit clearly in our sights.
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Then a mile or so of snowshoes up to the west face of Pacific . Here's were Robert split off and tackled the west ridge of Pacific. Mark and I continued on another mile to the saddle between Crystal and Pacific. As we got closer to the saddle and the tuba player was leaving the 51 year old with the lung capacity of a piccolo player from sea-level in the dust, I told him to go ahead and hit Crystal and I'd met up with him on the north ridge of Pacific.


A shot taken from around the Crystal – Pacific Saddle looking at the north ridge (on the right) and the summit.
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Well, about 12:30 p.m. we all met on the summit of Pacific—I love it when a plan comes together! We swapped cameras and took pictures of each other from the minor summit to the main summit.

Here is Robert making his way to the summit (lower right corner)
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Here I am with the classic raising the 4-H Flag on the summit shot.
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And a close up of the flag raising.
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And here is tuba man (Mark-the hurricane Koob) celebrating on the summit.
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And a close up of Mark.
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After the summit, Mark and Robert split off again to bag Atlanic. I backtracked down the north ridge.

Here is Robert and Mark making their way to Atlantic with Quandary in the background.
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Making my way back to the road across a couple or so miles of snow. The first band of trees (center-right) is where the road is where I can shed the snowshoes.
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Robert and Mark met back up with me as they glissade down the final part of the west ridge of Atlantic. The plans are sure coming together today!
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It was a great day on the mountain and as you look for a winter route that has good trailhead access don't forget about Pacific. It's only 50 feet shy of the 14er, there are many options to bag multiple peaks, and it's a fun little summit to stand on.

Thanks Mark and Robert for a great day at altitude!

Jeff Goodwin (AKA 4-H Climber)



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