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 Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
 Post Date:  05/30/2010 Modified: 05/31/2010
 Date Climbed:   05/29/2010
 Posted By:  randalmartin

 Long Day on Antero - Baldwin Gulch route   

Elevation Gain: 5200ft
Mileage: 15rt
Time: 10 hrs Started 7am Finished 5pm

Antero is one of those peaks I had on my list to do before the summer crowds and 4WD traffic that would make hiking up a road even more unpleasant. None of our group had a 4WD with any clearance and so we opted to start from the lower trailhead. For those of you with a Jeep or other decent 4WD vehicle the good news is I can report that several people made it past Baldwin Creek without any problem. For those hiking across the creek you better have water proof footwear and water proof gaiters up to mid calf level.

Here is a picture me and two friends Murray and his girlfriend taken in front of the Baldwin Creek crossing. This is in the morning so just a word that runoff was much quicker and slightly deeper in the afternoon.

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Baldwin Creek in the morning


Snow is still being dealt with at a number of key spots along the route. In particular we opted to head up the drainage right at treeline seen in the picture below. The standard route jogs left below where this picture is taken from but the snow in the drainage was in perfect form for booting up and saving some time. This same drainage provided some short glissading options on the descent.

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Looking up the drainage at treeline. Picture taken during descent


Snow was in other areas but the only other significant part was the snow along the Class 2 ridge just before the final summit pitch. You can stay close to the rock and walk through the snow with some postholing or stay on rock for some mild scrambling. Here is a picture of that section taken from the summit.

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Picture of ridge just before summit pitch


Outside of that there is nothing special to report. 15 miles RT is a long day but it was rewarding as always. By my count 12 people made the summit yesterday including the four in our party.

Here some other photos from the trip

My friend Murray negotiating an airy section on the ridge. This can certainly be avoided by going on the opposite side.

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Murray on an airy section of the ridge.


Ptarmigan we encountered on the way down.

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Ptarmigan in between winter and summer feathers


Summit picture 1 looking north

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Summit picture 1 looking north


Summit picture 2 looking east

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Summit picture 2 looking east


Yours truly

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summit photo



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  • Comments or Questions
highplaces

Sat on Antero     2010-06-02 13:14:09
We chatted for a bit in passing on the top of 13,800 on Saturday. It was a great day!


randalmartin


I remember that     2010-06-02 13:23:22
Always nice to see a fellow 14ers.com member on the trail.



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