Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  07/10/2011
Date Climbed:   07/10/2011
Author:  RobertKay
 Having fun on Antero via Baldwin Gulch  

I have decided that there is too much arbitrariness in climbing whether it be how you define a 14er or the proper way to climb one. Some say they only count if you climb at least 3,000 vertical feet, others get all fussy about how much or little gear you should or shouldn't use. If we are honest, it is all personal opinion. My opinion is that climbing a 14er should be done in a fun manner and with this in mind I felt that walking up and down a jeep road for seven miles each way didn't sound like fun.

In order to make it fun I left Copper Mountain at 5:45 and rode my KTM 990 Adventure motorcycle with my daughter on the back and headed for Mt Antero's Baldwin Gulch. The ride was beautiful and cool with very little traffic. I was nervous about riding such a big bike with a passenger up and down a somewhat rough jeep road, but everything went well. It took us almost exactly two hours to go from Copper to about the 13,200' mark where we shed our motorcycle jackets and pants and took off on foot for the final 1,000' up Antero.

Sure beats walking up a dirt road for seven miles.

The climb went quickly and we were on top after about 40 minutes where we enjoyed some beautiful views, ate some sandwiches, took photos and chatted with some other hikers.

Climbing the final few feet to the summit.

Looking west from the summit of Antero

Shavano and Tabeguache from Antero

Beautiful daughter, beautiful day, beautiful Colorado - I am truly blessed.

After almost thirty minutes on top we headed back down to our bike, donned our riding gear and headed back down towards 162.

There were a few sections where the road was a little too rough and steep for descending with a passenger, so my daughter got a little extra hiking than expected. We were back in Copper by 12:30 in spite of stopping for gas and to call home.

I realize my method will upset the purists, but we had a great time!

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 Comments or Questions

07/13/2011 13:30
In late June, we hiked from the bottom of Baldwin Gulch. Crossed the creek in our bare feet and made it to the craggy rocks seven hours after we had started. There were three of us and one was a slower climber. We just ran out of time and some strength. It was our first ”fail” on a 14er. Next attempt, we are renting the Jeep and parking it exactly where you parked your bike. The ”officials” can say what they want but if and when we summit, we will still call it a victory. Like you, a good time will be had. Thanks for keeping it fun!

Jesse Peterson

07/11/2011 12:33
Like Alex Lowe said, ”The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun.” Looks like you guys were having fun.

Nice chatting with you guys up top. And sweet bike! I was tempted to ride it down myself..


Nice TR
07/11/2011 15:03
Whats the name or number of the Jeep Rd you took? I might drive up there one of these days.


Re: Nice TR
07/12/2011 22:49
We followed the directions for Baldwin Gulch using FR277 and FR278A.


Rules schmules
07/15/2011 13:37
I couldn't agree more about the ”rules” of a 14er! Coming from the flatlands of Missouri (with little hills we call the old Boston Mountains in the Ozarks), it is pure pleasure and an honor to be able to summit any of the 13ers or 14ers out in Colorado. One of my favorite hikes was the Lincoln/Bross/Democrat/Cameron hike. To me, I climbed 4 14ers, not 3. If my little 100 pound, 4'10” frame hauled hind-end up those buggers, then I counted them all! Rules, schmules, I say! Just get out there and enjoy living!!!!! Great post! I'm so glad you had a great time with your daughter. I just recently lost both of my dads within a 5 month time frame so I love hearing and seeing parents and kids having a great time together! Cherish every moment you guys have together, whether on a mountain or sharing a cold one on the back porch! Thanks for a fun post!

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