| Final Sawatch
Last Saturday, my wife Wendy told me she had a surprise for me. She had gotten a baby sitter for overnight Saturday night, and all day Sunday, so we could climb Huron. She usually only climbs once a year, so it was pretty cool that she went to all that trouble to set up a day to climb.
When I was researching Huron, I came across this trip report:
about JA_son27 climbing Huron as his Sawatch finisher with his wife who is not way into climbing, but is wonderful and supportive and wanted to share this peak. I feel like this trip report will be Part II of that, because all that was true on this day for us as well.
We left Denver before 2:00 and left Winfield in the dark at 4:11. The road was rough in parts, but I'm certain I could have gotten my CRV up it, and indeed there was a CRV at the trailhead when we arrived at 4:55. From there it became chilly with a breeze, but the basin was really charming, and we stopped for a bagel and ducked out of the wind.
The trudge up to the summit push seemed to go on longer than it looked like it should, and by the time we got into the final talus hill, Wendy was starting to feel it in her legs. Still, she is amazing in how she finds her strength and just refuses to quit. A few years ago, we made it up Longs, and we both still look back on that day stunned at her strength. Today was shorter, but similar in the way she never faltered.
We made the summit by 8:50, and stayed for about 30 minutes. There was a pretty cold breeze, but it was a summit that we didn't feel rushed, which is how it always seems to be with Wendy. There was a completely blue sky, so we relaxed, ducked down out of the wind, and enjoyed lunch with the incredible views all around, especially La Plata which I had just climbed with my son Connor, and the ridge along Massive, which I had just climbed with my other son Mo. I had underestimated Huron- the trail is really well kept- almost no scree on the entire climb, and more eye candy than expected. This is one of the more enjoyable Sawatch mountains for me.
The way down felt like a parade- we saw around 40 people coming up, and the clouds started to form and darken pretty quickly, so we were glad to be on the way out. This was a day that I will remember for a long time- my wife doesn't love to climb as much as I do, but sharing the mountain with her, talking, laughing, seeing her up ahead, made this a fantastic experience. I hope I get a chance to climb with her at least once a summer.
The pictures- Wendy at the trailhead:
Our first view of Huron:
Getting to the final Summit push:
La Plata across the way, beautiful in the sunlight
Final steps to the summit:
and she made it!!!
Looking down into the colorful basin on our descent
And our final view of Huron, framed between two trees just at timberline:
Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):