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I've done it both ways, but I think starting up the Notch Mt side is the best way. It is simply stunning to be at the hut at dawn and see Holy Cross come to blaze in the morning light! It's a shame Tigiwon will be closed this summer. I'd love to go back and do it again!
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You've also got the shelter, the cross couloir, and an additional ranked 13er plus some alpine tarn eye candy to gaze down at. I also like the fact that it is a loop versus an out and back.
But it is a committing day. I would not want to be strung out up there if bad weather came in. There are also zero water sources until you arrive at Halfmoon Creek.
If I repeat this peak I will go Halo again. But ultimately you have to know your threshold when it comes to distance and vertical.
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My vote would be just climb it by either route whatever and no matter what it will be something of a challenge. Plus, the summit view is beautiful especially at this time of year. Exhibit A:
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If you're set on Halo Ridge (and it certainly does have its good points, as others have mentioned), I'd at least recommend going up that route and down the standard route, rather than how I did it. Yes, you have nearly 1,000' gain going back up Half Moon Pass, but it's a very easy trail.
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That being said, if you do choose to camp below the ridge (as noted by others), the "skito's" will get ya. They're bad enough just passing through!
This was the first and only hike that I killed my 100oz camelbak. I've never been able to do that on a 14er climb before. I took my last sip rolling back into camp. I generally don't drink a lot of water on a climb, so if you do BE SURE to bring extra. Like someone else mentioned, there are few places that you can filter water.
It's a bummer that the road is closed. Hope you have a good hike though. A day is doable, but it is a long day. Best of luck...
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I don't believe that any of us expected it to be as difficult as it was, but after a long day of gaining/losing elevation on this route, the ephemeral fatigue was well worth the lasting views, camaraderie, sense of accomplishment...you name it.
"...some birds aren't meant to be caged."
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You may wish to climb something else beforehand or at least plan on staying higher than 7000 ft for a night or two before your
climb which would likely make for a more pleasant ascent.
I climbed Belford and Oxford as a dayhike, then had a day to rest before Holy Cross as the last of 8 peaks we did in the week
leading up to it and I think the acclimatization really helped.
I voted for the standard route on a dayhike which was what we did. It was a long day, particularly due to the snowstorm
the night before and residual snow falling until midday. The powder covered talus made for some precarious foot
placemen and added some time on both the ascent and descent, but the views were awesome and the climb was great.
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