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 Peak(s):  Pettingell Pk  -  13,553 feet
 Post Date:  07/07/2009 Modified: 05/30/2010
 Date Climbed:   07/03/2009
 Posted By:  harrise

 Pettingell Peak - South East Slope   

I was a bit nervous heading out on a holiday weekend at 5:00am from Loveland. But we got to the Herman Gulch trail head at 6:30 and we were greeted by four cars (one of which was leaving). Perfect...

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The weather was obviously gathering. However, with the wind and sun the clouds were on a line for a Mt. Evans meeting...

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It takes a while for the goal to clearly reveal itself. If I remember right it was around two miles in...

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The fork in the trail marks the last short stint to Herman Lake...

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Which happens to be the last spot that you would likely ever encounter another person. Looking north at Herman Lake, where the choose your own adventure part begins. Just circle north around the lake and head up the visible left side slope...

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Thinking back on it, the hike wasn't as hard as it seemed while we were there. It just happened to be the dogs' first climb in steep, no trail terrain (they did Gray's/Torrey's last year)...

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Once the grassy tundra ends, there are a couple of ways up. We chose the talus off to the right of the cornice on the saddle. The snow was very minimal and easy to cross in the little bits it was necessary.The Saint Bernard made it to the top with my mom while I waited with the other dogs about 100' below. When she came back I took off for the summit and she headed to the grass with the dogs...

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The registry pad was soaked. I ended up scribbling on the back cardboard...

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I forgot to charge my phone on the way up, it died before I got a solid signal...

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The descent...
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All in all it was a great day all alone on the mountain. The climb was enough to deter others from leaving the lake, but easy enough to navigate. The clouds did in fact gather to the east and the summit was clear but breezy. Helping the dogs find their way without a trail may have added an hour to the time but it was worth it in the end.

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  • Comments or Questions
roozers42


Nice job!     2009-07-12 17:30:28
I climbed this peak last year from The Citadel and it is indeed beautiful. Nice job dogs!


benjilacoste

mans best friend     2010-05-29 23:02:40
doing this hike tomorrow with my 6 year old husky..solid pics..cool dogs



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