| 13,285 and Other Ramblings
I wanted to add a report to give some beta on the area around San Luis Peak, as well as cover a bit of the actual climb that I did. If you're only interested in beta photos, you can skip the boring text in the next section.
I set off this morning to climb PT 13,285; a high peak on the continental divide north of Creede. This peak has a very broad mellow south shoulder that extends down to the valley floor, very much like Silverheels. In fact, the overall feel of this peak reminded me a lot of Silverheels, except that the soil was a soft ash instead of granite. As I was hiking along, I happened to look down at my feet and noticed the deep boot prints that I was leaving in the soft soil. At this point I proceeded to pretend that I was Neil Armstrong by making long slow motion strides along the gray lunar dust beneath me. When I realized that I must look foolish to the coyote eying me from the ridge line, I sheepishly went back to my plodding. The aspect of the peak afforded a nice snow-free climb and it provided a good look at the surrounding areas. Now for the good stuff:
This is what the south slopes of 13,285 looked like. This is not a very good picture of the mountain, but then again, this particular mountain is not very photogenic.
As you can see, I have acquired antlers. Unfortunately, they are crooked and are not quite as majestic as I had originally hoped they would be. This misfortune may decrease my chances of finding a suitable mate.
Here is a picture of the Yawner Gullies on San Luis. They look to be coming into prime shape for some good old fashioned scree-skiing.
Here is Organ, looking dry.
This shows the ridge from Phoenix out to La Garita Peak. A dry hike of these peaks could most likely be made at this point.
This picture is supposed to show the Baldy Cinco group of peaks, as well as some of the peaks further west near Lake City. The main point to take away from this is that there is still some decent snow on eastern aspects.
After the climb, I attempted to drive up the West Willow Creek road to see if the road was clear to the south trailhead for San Luis. I ran into one small patch of snow shortly after the Equity Mine, and I could see a couple of other patches further down the road. the trailhead looks like it should be fully accessible within the next several days.
The central theme of this report, if one is present, is that everything south facing near Creede is looking pretty much bone dry at this point. Summer has come early, so have at it. If you don't like our brown dust, I hear that the front range still has some decent snow.
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