Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
 Post Date:  07/14/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/12/2009
 Posted By:  Cruiser

 Bierstadt East Ridge   

JayMiller and I headed out toward Idaho Springs on Sunday morning. We hit the the turn off just past mile marker 11 on the toll road up Mt Evans at about 5am. The hike towards the saddle between Evans and Epaulet began in earnest about 5:20. We debated which gully to enter at the saddle and opted (incorrectly as it turns out) to take the second or entrance closest to Epaulet. The correct side is the one on the left in the photo.


No big deal downclimbing the gully although there are a good many loose rocks. Helmets were a good idea since we were climbing above each other. We hit the bottom of the gully and began the easy walk across the Abyss Lake drainage to the base of the East Ridge. We hit the base of the East Ridge around 6:10. The photo shows the East Ridge with Bierstadt on the far right. We hit the top of the ridge at the area highlighted in red.


We switch backed up the shoulder to the top of the ridge. There was no trail that we saw, but the way up was fairly easy and required no real scrambling. The photo shows the view of the first obstacle we encountered once we hit the top.


The trip over the first section of the ridge was pretty uncomplicated. Then we made it to the base of Point 13,641. It took a moment to figure out the right line to take up the point. Bill's photos and description helped a bunch. We ended up taking a route very similar to what he described. There's some good exposure on that part of the route. Nothing too nasty, but obviously there are some places where you wouldn't want to stumble or lose a hand hold.

Finally we made it up and over Point 13,641. The next photo shows an interesting pair of cracks that we negotiated by ascending the crack on the right to the top and then straddling over to the crack on the left for the exit.


The next pics shows the remaining route. From this point Bierstadt is clearly visible at the end of the ridge. There were a couple of interesting little points to negotiate along the rest of the ridge but none of them were too trying.


Looking back from the same spot along the East Ridge. Bierstadt is directly behind us in this shot.


We hit the summit around 10 without seeing another sole on the East Ridge. Of course the summit was a zoo but what would you expect on a Sunday in July? We hung around for a few minutes and then began our descent to Abyss Lake. We headed almost directly for the lake. This was not smart. There is no trail to follow through the maze of large, and sometimes loose, rocks. It sucked. We finally made it down to the lake and traversed around the far side of it through the grass and scree.

Finally we made it back to the meadow and followed a nice trail all the way back to the base of the gully. The climb back up the gully was tuff after our enery consuming descent to Abyss Lake. Lots of loose rock was present in the gully and helmets came in handy again. Fromt he top of the gully the route back to the truck was totally easy and we finally made it back at about 2pm. It was a long day for me since I am so out of shape. With a 2 year old and a 2 month old at home I'm not really sleeping much right now. Still, it was a great day to be in the mountains!

 


  • Comments or Questions

   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.