Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  10/30/2011
Date Climbed:   10/29/2011
Author:  ulvetano
 Wintery day on Holy Cross  

With a weekend of clear weather, I decided to head up to Holy Cross and give it a shot. After a fun Halloween party on Friday night in Boulder, I jumped in the truck at 4am and headed up. I took a power nap at the TH and started up at 7:30am (much too late for my taste). Image
Heading up to Half Moon Pass

Half Moon Pass was definitely a beautiful spot and the descent down and around to the south finally offered the views I was hoping for.
Descending from the pass

my first view of the Peak

The fresh snow was deep throughout the day - probably average a foot, but there were plenty of areas with deeper drifts. Still not enough for the skis though.
Levi breaking trail for me

After descending to the Creek, I had a hard time following the trail and got a bit off route. For anyone that follows in my footsteps, I would recommend staying right (West) after the Creek crossing and meet my trail higher up. (I didn't get terribly off route, but it was a bit of bushwacking)
Punching up thru the treeline, I eventually got to the lower portion of the North Ridge where it was a constant battle with the wind.
on the lower North Ridge

North Ridge

Hitting the summit at 1:42pm, the winds stayed strong and I re-fueled, gave the pup some water and snacks and we headed down as a quickly as possible.
Blustery summit

Summit register

Looking down at the North Ridge

We got back to the car at 6:40pm right as dusk arrived. I forgot how hard winter hiking is and it is definitely that right now. Beautiful mountain with some amazing snowy views right now!

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 Comments or Questions

Thanks for the Trip Report
10/31/2011 05:11
Nice work. Did you use snowshoes, crampons, axe? Just wondering because I might do Elbert on Friday.


10/31/2011 05:45
Image 8 looks suspiciously like it.


Snowshoes for sure
10/31/2011 14:13
Pete26, yeah snowshoes were 100% mandatory this weekend. I had 'em and used 'em until the last 1,000ft, when it became a boulder hopping challenge to avoid the deep and leg-breaking snow pockets.
Monster5- 'holy cross', a weekend of football, and the utterly ludicrous banter about that guy, I figured why not!


10/31/2011 14:22
Way to Tebow it!


10/31/2011 16:00
A lot more snow than the weekend prior!


Re: Snow Shoes
10/31/2011 19:20
Funny further south on Huron snowshoes were pretty useless. At most they added to the weight of the pack. Glad you didn't have that announce. Congrats on a great summit!


That looks burly.
10/31/2011 19:50
Wow! Nice work. Looks like its time to break out the skis.


11/01/2011 03:52
Nice work.

Eleven hours from the summer TH? Any guesses how long this one's going to be in winter?...

Thanks for the report!


winter death march for sure
11/01/2011 13:56
Dancestmoonrise, yeah i was sure wondering about what a mid-winter climb would be like, from the winter TH. Multi-day trip, that's for sure! outside of a a winter Capitol trip, i think i'll keep it a bit shorter!

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