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 Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
 Post Date:  07/06/2010
 Date Climbed:   07/05/2010
 Posted By:  CulliganMan

 Hey to those New Yorkers climbing in Alma   

Easy hike that started late(nearly 5pm) since my friend and I didn't feel like battling any more traffic back to Denver we decided to put in some more training and see if we could climb all the 14ers near Alma before sunset. Worked out great only because of absolutely perfect weather and once we started we wasted very little time at the summits.
Conditions - sunny, some brisk wind at times, very little snow left that is mostly slush.

Road closure was present at the entrance and marked for July 6th with specific times, I can't remember what times were.

Also of note - We saw a huge, beautiful white wolf in between Cameron and Lincoln. At first we thought it was a goat since the coat was so white but as we got closer and he stared right at us it was very clear this was no goat. It seemed a lot more interested in whatever prey it was checking out (i didn't think they had a desire to be this far above tree line). Mike and I both grabbed sizable rocks just in case but luckily the trotted off before too long. Amazing to see though, highlight of my hike for sure.

Cheers to the Buffalo, NY group we met in the parking lot. More than a few well deserved odd looks when I began jogging in jeans away form the parking lot so late Luckily it worked out just as planned. Thanks for the warm wishes and chocolates

Edit - Since I didn't check this site(I knew the route) to see there were recent issues regarding Mt.Bross I apologize for any potential damage done to the effort of access.

 


  • Comments or Questions
CulliganMan


you‘re good...     2011-02-04 17:22:17
Pretty sure the road is open all the time now. A comment on the 14ers.com Facebook page suggested that as well. Shouldn‘t be a problem.


BillMiddlebrook


Pics     2010-07-08 15:57:47
Do you happen to have a picture? Unlikely that it was a wolf - probably a dog. Would still like to see the photo, though.


CulliganMan


none     2010-07-06 13:38:42
I do not. I‘ve only seen two wolves in the wild my whole life but each time there was no mistaking it once I caught a good glimpse of it. Very unlikely to see them but Mike and I are sure of it. The fur, the gate, the size...said wolf to me.


digitalonlineart

BillMiddlebrook     2010-07-06 14:06:55
I live outside Fairplay and see wolf more than I‘d like, I‘d guess CulliganMan saw what he claims..wild dogs aren‘t into climbing 14ers..wolves like the viewpoint.....That‘s strange you want a picture too, what would that prove..unless of course it had your gps coordinates displayed and a picture of the summit..you should‘ve asked the wolf to pose for you.


CulliganMan


wolf     2010-07-06 15:37:01
Guys I know how rare they are, I know there are very very few in the RMountains. Mike saw him first, pointed it out from 80 yards or so and the conversation went like this ”dude no way, that‘s a goat. Holy shot that‘s not a goat” I then yelled at him and when he pulled his head up and looked at us before trotting away as we continued to jog down Cameron. At our closest point we were maybe 40 yards from him. We were sure enough to be moving side by side(in order to look bigger) and constantly looking around as we headed up Lincoln. It‘s clear to me now as it was the second it turned up and looked us.


BillMiddlebrook


Photo     2010-11-30 10:28:51
digitalonlineart,
What would a photo have proved? Duh, it could have proved a wolf on Bross/Cameron/Lincoln. If you see more wolf than you like outside of Fairplay, you should call the Division of Wildlife. Today.

That's strange - you said you live outside Fairplay but your website says you live in Highlands Ranch and your bemodel.com profile says Littleton? Come on.

CulliganMan,
I was serious about a photo, not trying to be a jerk. If you had a photo of a white wolf in that area, it would be of great interest to many, many people.


CulliganMan


wolf     2010-11-30 10:28:51
I'm just sharing my experience, not looking to start a firestorm. Given the extremely low numbers of the wolf in CO and the important role they play in the ecosystem I consider myself very lucky to have seen one and I'm glad he looked healthy too(sorry old/slow/baby elk). Yes I really do wish I had a picture but the memory will last forever anyway.

Bill(with full respect), would you really think calling DOW necessary for a wolf sighting? My thoughts are that they belong there more than I do and shouldn't be bothered unless they are really presenting a valid threat to someone.

Anyway..Cheers to all, it was a cool hike with a pretty kick ass view.

Edit - Bill, is there someone in an official capacity I should report it to?


BillMiddlebrook


DOW     2010-07-08 16:04:06
Calling the DOW for a Colorado wolf sighting is a good idea. They are the official organization if you want to report the sighting. Just like Wolverine and other rare sightings, their biologists want to hear about it. They even have a wolf sighting submission form that can be found here:



digitalonlineart

hater     2010-07-07 10:35:35
Good google work Bill..never lived in Littleton (you‘re welcome to contact my Dad as well), you may want to check with the DMV


CulliganMan


report     2010-11-30 10:28:51
A Copy and Paste of the wolf sighting report I filled out - in case anyone wants as much detail and I can give.

COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE – WOLF OBSERVATION REPORT

Please complete this form and email it to shane.briggs@state.co.us, mail it to Shane Briggs, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, or return it to any Colorado Division of Wildlife office

OBSERVER INFORMATION
OBSERVATION INFORMATION
DATE OF OBSERVATION: July 5th 2010
TIME OF DAY OF OBSERVATION: 6pm (approx)
LENGTH(SECONDS/MINUTES )OF OBSERVATION: 45 seconds
DISTANCE FROM ANIMAL(S): 40-80 yards
WEATHER CONDITIONS: 50-60 degrees, Sunny
WERE PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEO TAKEN? No
NUMBER OF OBSERVERS: Two
OTHER OBSERVER NAMES, ADDRESSES, PHONE: Mike M. 303-------
GENERAL LOCATION : Mt.Cameron
SPECIFIC LOCATION (UTM coordinates):
Easting ___________?_____________
Northing __________?______________

TYPE OF HABITAT: Above Treeline, approx 14,100 feet
PROXIMITY TO DOMESTIC WOLF OR WOLF-DOG HYBRIDS: None

NUMBER OF ANIMALS OBSERVED: One

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ANIMAL(S)
COLOR: White, small amounts of light grey
SIZE: Large, 90+lbs, although had I not seen his fur being blow around I would have assumed 110+lbs
BODY LENGTH: from snout to rear maybe just over 3 - 3 and a half feet
TAIL LENGTH: 22-26 inches
TAIL POSITION: (STRAIGHT OUT) (DOWN) (CURLED & ABOVE BACK) (OTHER – DESCRIBE)

Slight upward curve, generally straight, not above the back and mostly level with mid section
LEG LENGTH: (LONGER THAN BODY LENGTH) (SAME) (SHORTER) (OTHER – DESCRIBE)
Proportional? I'm not really sure how else to answer this and compare it to body length
EAR LENGTH:few inches maybe 3-4 EAR POSITION: PLEASE CIRCLE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (ERECT) (DOWN) (FLOPPED OVER) (OTHER – DESCRIBE)
SIZE OF HEAD COMPARED TO CHEST: PLEASE CIRCLE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (AS BROAD AS CHEST) (BROADER THAN CHEST) (NARROWER THAN CHEST) (OTHER-DESCRIBE)
TRACKS OBSERVED/DESCRIBE: None
COLLAR VISIBLE/DESCRIBE: (COLOR, COLOR PATTERNS, NUMBERS) Almost entirely white slight shading of grey
OTHER COMMENTS ON PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Its trot away from us was extremely efficient looking(I know that hardly


hoag

Holy Crap! A wolf!     2010-07-10 20:51:43
More importantly, at what times is the road open on Fridays? A group of us are heading up there this coming weekend and would like to avoid the road blockage if possible.


droidly


it was TGC     2010-07-12 21:55:12
yes...the wolf you saw was really TGC...he runs with the Quileute tribe and was probably just up to bag his 1000th 14er. jacob was probably nearby...at treeline..flexing...


CulliganMan


?     2010-07-12 22:22:53
ha uh what? totally not following...can you help me out?


droidly


SORRY!     2010-07-15 20:30:53
just lamely attempting to combine 14.er mythology and pop culture!

for reference: http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22904

great report! i‘m doing decalibron in 10 days...hope i see that wolf!


Rich H


wolves in co     2010-08-09 16:52:31
I did some trail work on the Continental Divide trail a few years ago - as I was driving up to Hermans Gulch on I-70 there was what I thought to be a large dog laying on the side of the road... I caught on the news that night that it was a wolf that had travelled down from Yellowstone only to get hit crossing I-70. I have also heard from other climbers that they have seen wolves in the collegiate peaks - that was years ago too and I would think by now that there would be more sightings


wineguy


White Fox     2010-08-13 11:59:25
I was hiking up Mt. Edwards a year ago June, and watched a white fox cross a snowfield about 40 yards away. I assume that fox are common enough to not interest the DOW. (?)


CulliganMan


foxy     2010-08-16 16:54:04
only if it had a rabbit in its mouth at the time...shit if I know man.



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