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Evans-Sawtooth-Bierstadt in Reverse

Postby chalupa356 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:03 am

Is there a reason why it seems that people generally climb Mt. Bierstadt first when planning to traverse the sawtooth to Mt. Evans? I want to hike both 14ers from Guanella Pass but want to ascend via the west gully. Is there an additional obstacle that I should plan on resolving?
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Re: Evans-Sawtooth-Bierstadt in Reverse

Postby Jim Davies » Tue May 22, 2012 6:11 am

Nope, works both ways. You're more likely to get wet feet on the Evans side, so carry extra socks.
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Re: Evans-Sawtooth-Bierstadt in Reverse

Postby djkest » Tue May 22, 2012 6:27 am

Routefinding is probably more difficult in reverse. Mainly finding the right place to downclimb into the traverse area. And that West gully isn't very nice. Good luck!
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Re: Evans-Sawtooth-Bierstadt in Reverse

Postby Vids » Tue May 22, 2012 11:44 am

+1 on the west gully sucking, steep with loose gravel for a lot of it. If I had it to do over again I would have gone a little further north and gone up Spalding. We ran into some people that did that instead of the gully and they said it was much easier.

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Re: Evans-Sawtooth-Bierstadt in Reverse

Postby Jim Davies » Tue May 22, 2012 12:01 pm

Read this for some hints on getting to Evans without sinking into the swamp:
http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=5221&parmpeak=Mt.+Evans&start=100&cpgm
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Re: Evans-Sawtooth-Bierstadt in Reverse

Postby chalupa356 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:17 pm

Jim Davies wrote:Read this for some hints on getting to Evans without sinking into the swamp:
http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=5221&parmpeak=Mt.+Evans&start=100&cpgm


This is fantastic beta. I wouldn't have found it without you sharing it - thanks! I'll test it out on Monday and share what I find.
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