| Missouri: Summer to Winter to Summer
Missouri Mountain: 14,067
Route: Northwest Ridge from Missoui Gulch
Climb date: June 06, 2009
Start Time: 4:46am
End Time: 12:30pm
Total Time: 7.75 hours
Trip Length: 11 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
We had a large group of about 10 people come together from 14ers.com. You can see the Climbing Connection thread here: http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=19150
Several of us arrived Friday night to camp at the trailhead. It rained most of the night but stopped prior to us getting out of bed at 4am.
The weather was looking great at first light as we were emerging out of the trees.
However, we started to notice a lot of wind coming off of the surrounding peaks.
Looking back north above treeline….it looked like it was going to be a beautiful summer day.
There was still a good amount of snow up on Missouri. We had first thought about climbing a couloir. However, we decided to veer more to the right(west) and aim for the ridgeline more along the standard route.
Wow! Look at those winds above that would come and go.
When that sun was out, it was quite warm and toasty during the climb.
A turn back towards the south and straight up!
Boy was I glad for those boot stomps. Thanks guys for breaking trail!
A look back down. We climbed the talus where we could. It was easier than post holing.
Jack, the yellow lab, was quite the trooper that day.
A turn back west and up to the ridgeline.
A look back down into the Missouri Gulch. (That's benners hauling skis.)
I think the slope angle got to be more than 40˚ near the top.
That steep slope took it's tool. paulperea and others stop for a rest.
Finally, up on the ridgeline heading for the summit. What you can't see is the wind. It was brutal!!! We all got completely blown over at one time or another.
Up on the ridge, looking back north the weather looks great.
Kevin8020 coming on across the ridge. Hey, look out for those 60mph wind gusts!
Again, looking north, it's looks sooo beautiful. What a ridgeline with a view!
Here you can see the storm. And, this is were it got to be decision time. We had to navigate around this rocky ridgeline, and travel underneath the rocks. It was steeper than it looks!
paulperea, I can't believe you did this without crampons and an ice axe!
globreal, lostsheep5, and Jack on the summit of Missouri. I think we stayed no more than 15 minutes with the wind as it was. Jack-dog, you did great!! And, please don't get so close to the edge like that. I was afraid a gust was going to take you over the edge!
Heading back down the ridge…..and that wind was still blowin'.
The glissading was a let down. The snow was just a bit to soft….or my butt was to heavy!
Back down in the valley, the snow came...we were in a blizzard with snow blowing completely sideways! I mean totally horizontal!
But, once back off the mountain and down to Clear Creek, the skies had cleared, the winds were gone, and it felt like summer again. I stripped down to shorts, t-shirt, and Teva's. Boy was it nice to bask in that warm sun after what felt like spending the day in the Himalaya's!
It was a lot of work climbing that soft snow and fighting those horrific winds, but all-in-all it was a GREAT and successful day.
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