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 Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
 Post Date:  06/21/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/21/2009
 Posted By:  Perea

 Antero Bike Experiment Difficulty Yes!   

Having looked at the reports on this peak it looked rather boring with a road almost to the top and all the ATV and 4x4 traffic. I saw a tread last week about some guys biking up to the end of the road and hiking the final stretch on foot. So Barry and myself decided we would give it a go. We arrived at the Jeep Road at about 9 p.m I was surprised at how rough the road was. It is 3 miles from here to the creek crossing. It took us an hour in the dark dodging big rocks and hoping I had enough clearance to not bottom out my Mercedes ML320. It did surprisingly well and we made it to the creek where SHOGUN greeted us as usual with a cooler full of cervezas.

We got an alpine start and left camp at 4:45 a.m man is it hard riding a bike in the dark going up a steep rocky loose gravel road with just a head light.
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Barry and I agreed the night before if the going got tough the tough would ditch the bikes and hike the rest of the way. I was ready to do that a quarter mile into it when it no longer became fun. We would go then not have enough momentum to make it up a hill and have to jump off the bike and push it. This went on until tree line when we both had enough. We stashed our bikes here.
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From here we were way behind the group so we tried to make up some ground and instead of doing the long boring switchbacks on the road we went straight up this gully.
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We summited at 8:30 a.m and surprisingly the weather was good and we were able to hang out and enjoy it for about 30 minutes. Here are a couple summit shots.
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Oh wait we got the bikes up top after all at least the seat.
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As we were going down there were several other groups,Jeeps, and ATV's going up. If you look close you can see everyone and their grandma near the summit.
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If anyone is thinking of biking it after tree line the road gets better It would have been doable had we stuck with it a little longer but summiting was more important to me than making it up on the bike.
Here are a couple more pics on the way down.
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Even though I had fun this is one of those peaks that I would probably not want to repeat. It didn't really feel like I had climbed a 14er when we were done. 20 down 34 more to go!



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  • Comments or Questions
Mel McKinney


Thanks for the report.     2009-06-22 10:17:47
I‘m hoping to hike Antero soon myself. That road looks miserable to bike up, but I hope it was worth it riding down!


Ryk

But do you recommend it?     2009-06-22 11:12:06
So what I‘d like to know is, would you bring the bike if you had to climb it again?

Good TR - thanks for the info!


Perea


But do you recommend it?     2014-04-18 13:27:32
The only way I would do it again with a bike is if you can drive it to tree-line the road gets much better after that. You would not get the 3000 foot rule if you did that though if that is important to you.



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