Peak(s):  Capitol Peak  -  14,130 feet
Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Maroon Peak  -  14,156 feet
Date Posted:  07/22/2011
Date Climbed:   07/01/2011
Author:  Nitram

 18 days in Colorado  

First of all, I want to thank persons who organize this site, it was very helpful for the success of my hikes.

After 30 hours by car (from Montréal), I arrived in Loveland Pass for my acclimatation.
July first, I did Grizzly Peak very slowly.

After un very bad night (head ache), I did, july 2, Grays. It was probably a bad idea to hike but it was so beautiful...

July 3, I always had a big head ache, I decided to don't hike and I visited The Great Sand Dunes. My little hike of the day: The high Dune.

July 4, my acclimatation was not finish. Easy hike on the Continental Divide Trail, south of the Cottonwood Pass. Very good place for acclimatation.

July 5. I was ready for the "real" hikes. I did Massive from North Halfmoon TH. Up by southwest Slopes, North Massive to Massive by the ridge, down by South Slopes. It was easy. I can begin big hikes.
After this hike, I meet my friend Jack, he was there since 2 months. I will continue with him for the rest of my trip.

July 6. We were suppose to do La Plata, but it was raining at 4 am. At 9 am, the sun was there, wu hiked from Independence Pass.

July 7. It was the good day for La Plata via Ellingwood Ridge. Wow! 6 hours to do the 2 miles of the ridge. Great hike.

July 9. Castle and Conundrum. Started from around 10 500', we began by the Couloir of Conundrum, Castle after by the ridge and 2 long glissades.
No pic, my camera had a problem.

July 10-11. Appraoch for Capitol Peak. We meet a hiker who come back from Capitol, he said "There is a lot of snow. It's unable without axe and crampons". Our axe and crampons were on the car! We decided to try it. If it's really impossible, we will return at the car to take axe and crampons. The day of the hike was great, we did only with poles.
Pics (with a new camera):

July 13. Pyramid Peak. Another great day. Very good weather.

July 14. THE day. Bells Traverse, south to north. It was easier than I expected. The route informations for the traverse from this site were very helpful. Big success.

July 16. Holy Cross from south ridge. Bad conditions for the road to go to TH. I stoped on Missouri Rd. To reach Fall Creek Trail I bushwacked easily. Up to the ridge just after Hunky Dory Lake and fallow the ridge to the summit.

July 17. I was in the Rocky Mountains National Park for Longs Peak, but before, I prefer to do little mountains. I did, from Alpine Visitor Center on route 24 (the forest road was close), Chapin, Chiquita and Ypsilon. Nice little day hike.

July 18. Last hike. Longs Peak, up by loft Couloir (there was snow, I used my axe), down by keyhole. Another great day.
Pics :

I after came back to Montréal.
It's not my last trip in Colorado.

On the road pictures :

Excuse me for my bad english.



 Comments or Questions

07/22/2011 14:42
What a crazy trip! Congrats on pulling this off with so many summits, and while the Elks where still pretty buried. You didn't mess around and have a ton to show for it, good job!

Canadian in Colorado

Tres Bien!
07/22/2011 14:59
What a trip! Now that you've had a taste of the Colorado Peaks, Tremblant and Mont Ste. Anne wont ever be good enough I came to Colorado from Belleville, Ontario for what was supposed to be 5's been 5 years!


My playground
07/22/2011 15:18
Salut Canadian in Colorado,

I never hike in Tremblant or other places in Québec (except Gaspésie, Charlevois, Mégantic or Grand Nord). My playground is in the Northeast : Adirondack, White Mountains and Maine. These mountains are smaller but the trails et the conditions are often more difficult.


07/22/2011 18:27
Well...puts my little adventure on Holy Cross into perspective - and puts it to shame. Nicely done! I must have just missed you - I was hiking out from Hunky Dory Lake on the morning of 16July, but didn't leave my camp until about 8am.


07/22/2011 21:58
Your pictures and video really showed what a wonderful adventure you had in Colorado.


07/25/2011 19:01
Wow! Thank you for sharing such a great report and photos. The beauty of mountaineering transcends language and nationality. (La beauté de l'alpinisme dépasse la langue et la nationalité!)

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