"New Spot per Month Challenge - 2024!"

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"New Spot per Month Challenge - 2024!"

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Yes folks it is true - after a year off the challenge has been re-ignited! This one is going for the full spread too - Jan->Dec. (although 2022 was considered calendar year technically, march 22>feb 23 finish)


Bagged an important one to kick off too - Warren Peak.

January is my traditional offseason for a reason - was unnecessarily miserable after leaving deer creek park. Including slide factor on wet grass under snow descending warren that was hyper hazardous. its a tangle back in there.


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Also taking a moment to rejoin my call to arms! Cardgenius was nearly lined up to acccompany me - and in fact i was just overcome by peak conquest fever otherwise i shoulda waited. But I am trying to form up some locals here to help me raise the bar in my 2024 game. This happens every year- that the upcoming season could well be the best ever because i have this disturbingly long list of stuff to do still:

longs pikes blanca ouray holy cross eagles nest.
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OK here is updated bracket showing my off current action thru jan 2024 - including last year's well deserved 'off year'


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Don't forget some of that simple action in the middle of summers are from smoky ass wildfire years. I started to think that was going to be every year. it better not return this year.




And this action is heating up people. And I am possibly formally inviting you? 2024 is potentially a huge breakout mountaineering year and one that will require teamwork.


But -- I am no longer going to bump that social thread in the companion thread department. Yet it did get cardgenius on the team now and maybe you're next.


And let the history books always recall -- I kicked a new phish show at every new hike I took in 2022 (and January / February 2023 -- thus creating the first full year cycle)
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sorry folks - this is long overdue.

because cardgenius and I got up Berrian Mountain on superbowl sunday!!

was right after snowfall and was unique cool day up there.

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Blue Sky is right up in your face. Pic doesn't convey. Much more so than even nearby legault.

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and god love cardgenius as he likes busting around in the s**t just like me - we went fully monty and crossed over berrian to the southern rocks

which provided this awesome profile pic of Legault actually

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and he even put up with my continuing quest to listen to new phish jams on these new hikes - clocked in some 12/31/23 i had been keeping in vault for this day.


Crescent could be next for march?? Stay tuned.
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OK OK - I'm getting bombarded with Private Messages wondering what's going on with the 2024 new spot challenge.


There was another February chapter actually - I managed to get up to Bergen Peak in evergreen on leap day. That's one of my fav days and cool to connect to something new.

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But - truth be told - for that march chapter I lead Cardgenius and me a bit astray. Some poor game planning/navigation lead us into some grey country. Mission not accomplished...



and I even later that month in desperation tried to test the boundary of 'newness' by hitting Mount Carbon there in lakewood. Didn't cut it either. (i've never been to bear creek lake park period before - not bad but chatfield better)

and april woulda not been much better but for quick play early on to hit up Bluff Park up there near daniels park - kinda barely clocked in but at 3 miles that is the league minimum to qualify for 'new spot'


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never nevertheless - pumped for May. Last year I was on a friggin peak (with relatively dry feet) on like may 15th so I wanna get in the game quick this May.
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ok this one is dedicated to cardgenius - for extended reasons not to be mentioned

but I did get myself down to the Air Force Academy finally a few weeks ago to get after that Eagle Peak.

and i got to say - I had the perfect visitbility because a lot of the deep field views there seem like they'd be marginally in view on even good days.

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but yeah - this shot here - this was the true "eagle vision" - I have never seen silverheels or the sawatch while still being on the Front Range.

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field notes: I had thought i could bust around to the lower peak and maybe even return via a stanley canyon looperoo but the brush in general thicker than anticipated. could be done but would not be a casual outing.
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you know this thread is serving as my defacto social hiking thread people - this is the biggest tent imaginable if you want to join the crew for local hikes. Buffalo peak in lost creek may be good target soon.
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OK yes got up Peak One today.

And can I just say glorious?? I had put this off for like 20 years - and getting it on the edge of the winter season made for extra drama up there.


Note how this Ptarmigan blends into the environment!

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How did you climb Warren? Very nice pano shot from the top. Took me a minute to finally pick out Goat Mountain, Flat Top. Years ago I did a nasty bushwhack from Goat to Warren across that deep drainage. It was one of the hardest things I ever did. I've thought about doing it again, but always talk myself out of it.

We have climbed a lot of the same mountains. Big and small, you've done them all!

When you go do Eagle's Nest, send me a message. I'd love to tag along.
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let the record show i responded to boudreaux via PM


but let record also show i nearly published trip report about peak one - partially because it was just that great - and also because from what i see it has never been the sole subject of a report?


actually - i meant to pick up some photos of the 'alice in wonderland' section in trees just below that hut - it was super cool weaving between the trees near treeline with the solid'ish snowpack providing good support.

alas - i didnt' take any pics on way up and on the way down i got way off trail. quite annoyingly so actually. hard to actually get lost there but i nearly tried.
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jibler wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 12:54 pm let the record show i responded to boudreaux via PM


but let record also show i nearly published trip report about peak one - partially because it was just that great - and also because from what i see it has never been the sole subject of a report?


actually - i meant to pick up some photos of the 'alice in wonderland' section in trees just below that hut - it was super cool weaving between the trees near treeline with the solid'ish snowpack providing good support.

alas - i didnt' take any pics on way up and on the way down i got way off trail. quite annoyingly so actually. hard to actually get lost there but i nearly tried.
Jibs - only you can create a record that shows you nearly did something! Ha! And don’t get lost either!! :mrgreen:
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Back in the game'd

Swung up to Heartbeat Peak during the heat crunch on Friday. This was beyond a simple New Spot - I have never actually been to this wilderness at all. I once visited my friend in 2000 who lived in Rollinsville and I went and hiked up the rollins pass road a bit in winter and was not that impressed.

that would have been 2 years before this became a wilderness apparently.

but i'm already digressing. this one actually has some notes:

** rather than screw with the alleged overgrown Clayton Lake trail - i busted up off the saddle from halfway up to the crater lakes - with a plan to maybe just hit the open space and go to Iceberg Lakes - a possible "Land O Lakes" mission?

** but there was enough twists and turns and snow in that approach that i couldn't deny my basic instincts in this situation - just bust up the saddle and wrap around to heartbeat.

** was pretty dramatic after all - the ridge trail leads to perch that overlooks icebergs from cliff right above. I coulda just leapt off that cliff into the lakes if so inclined!

** fun area - i was pondering many routes - including that east ridge coming off of heartbeat - was just about to do that but i had water jug waiting for me back along the main route. Plus that east ridge looks kinda intimidating and doing for 1st time on the down sounded like gamble.

** on return - I remembered that i had scouted out a notch carved into hillside above upper crater lake that could serve as sneak way down - so last minute i decided to swing out and get a little taste of the Land O Lakes after all.

** that is a very steep drop into that basin. you wouldn't want to go up that way?

** some of these retired trails in area can really mess with you though - i saw trail with my own eyes coming up to upper cataract but then got all turned around trying to find it. Apparently that trail is not in use anymore? hitting that upper basin the wrong way left me without clear sense of where trail was! at that point i was run down so not needed. I got mixed enough that i went ahead and double confirmed with someone at the lower cataract on path out because i couldn't take it again.


** bottom line? I feel i nailed this one. For having never been before i laid eyes on heart lake, iceberg lakes, hit heartbeat and swung down by way of the upper and lower crater lakes.


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also - this was a very good use of my "Space Shuttle" water jug system. Am i the only one doing this?

A) I pack two water bottles in my backpack, and I carry a half- full water gallon jug in my hand leaving the car.

B) drop the jug at lunch spot in shade just up the turnoff to the cataract lakes - 2.2 miles in.

C) on return flight - my carrying water supply is nearly completely gone. perfect time to get back to the jug!

The point of the jug system is basically for any 8+ mile hike where i want to just nail the objective and i don't want to have to pack a water filter - or even take the time to filter water. its about operational efficiency. I call it Space Shuttle because it reminds me of how the shuttle would carry that extra fuel tank but drop it.



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this is upper crater lake here below - that green hump to left is what i came down on - and you can kinda make out the notch that made it happen because otherwise cliffy.

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