| Mt. Antero on a Crystal Clear Day!
Start time: 5:50 a,m,
Summit time: 8:05 a.m. (35 minutes on top)
Returned to truck: 10:05
So my cousins came into town from Indiana this past week, and this was their last day in beautiful Colorado. I was planning on an attempt on Antero for the past week, and they promptly joined in, also wanting to get a 14er in. So we packed up monday night and left our house in Conifer at 3 p.m. The road up to Antero (277) is very rough, but not impassable, so we were able to drive to 11,500 with no problems. The stream crossing had been advertised as very tough and deep, but when we arrived in the afternoon after a rain, it was only 6 in deep and calm. Very anticlimactic...
Crossing Baldwin Creek
We set up camp, at our Subway, and headed to bed. 2 of us slept in the bed of the truck, while one crashed in the passenger seat. It got down to about 20 degrees, but everyone was fine.
The next morning we got up at 4:30 (we had to be back that afternoon for them to pack to leave the next morning) to my phone playing the Hip-Hop Guy ringtone. Breakfast, change into hiking clothes, pack the packs, then we drove up yo just above treeline, right where the switchbacks start.
We hiked up the switchbacks and crossed the first snowdrift.
First Snowdrift at sunrise
After the switchbacks, you come to a very long flat traverse of the road that leads you all the way around point 13,800, and then all the way back. As the previous TR states, you can take a climbers trail straight up point 13,800 and come straight to the saddle between it and Antero. This cut a ways off of our hike and gave a little more interest than just hiking the road...
The rest of our route from just below point 13,800 summit It had snowed about 6-7 inches on the mountain, so above 13,000 ft. we were hiking in snow.
Hiking in Snow
Once we gained the final ridge, it was a straight shot to the summit. There is a large snowfield that has a continuous run for about 1,000 vertical feet, starting 50 feet below the summit and runs right along the ridge then drops to the left of the ridge. If anyone is skiing every month, this would still be a great run.
At the saddle. The snow field is seen behind me.
At the summit, we were completely alone. Not even a cloud could come out to greet us. The one little cloud we saw all day came for about 2 minutes...
Our little cloud budy
The summit was a bit chilly just due to the wind, so we sat in a little wind break and ate lunch.
Summit shot with the Elks behind.
Thanks for reading!
quote of the trip: "You know, humans are the only animals who climb mountains just for the hell of it" "Well, that's too bad for the other animals, cause I like it. And we are the only animal who cooks food."
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