Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  06/10/2012
Date Climbed:   06/09/2012
Author:  rkalsbeek
 Bierstadt/Evans via Guanella Pass - 14 14ers for Alzheimer's  

This was the first summit for 14 14ers for Alzheimer’s. 14 14ers for Alzheimer’s is a charity event I have started in order to raise awareness (and hopefully a little money) about Alzheimer’s Disease, in dedication to my Grandma (who has Alzheimer’s) and my Aunt Theresa who has been by her side through it all. The event is not about how many peaks I can summit, it is more about getting people to join me and showing how many people are touched in some way by this disease.

Trip Report
We left the parking lot (which was just about full), around 7AM and started off from the Guanella Pass Trailhead. There was 10% chance of storms, but for the entire hike it was a beautiful Colorado blue bird day. It was a pretty busy day, with a lot of friendly hikers enjoying the sunshine!

Didn’t hit any snow until the final push to the summit, but that was completely manageable.

We summitted in a little under 2 hours. The winds were very strong on the summit and I saw a lot of people in shorts and t-shirts. All I want to say is dress in layers, you’ll be able to stay on top longer and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Here’s the group at the summit of Bierstadt. Thanks to all who joined!

A few of us were determined to get to Mount Evans as well, for the summit as well as the excitement of crossing the Sawtooth. I had climbed Bierstadt before, Jeff had climbed Mount Evans, and the rest were climbing their first 14er- so none of us had hiked (scrambled, mountaineered?) the Sawtooth. It was so much fun and exhilarating at points.

View of the Sawtooth, besides one spot (video below), there wasn’t any snow on the Sawtooth that would cause any problems/dangers. Early summer…

The one place we did encounter snow was just below the summit of Bierstadt where we had to cross what remains of the snow field above Summit Lake. My friend Preston and I were wearing pants, so we glissaded down! A lot of fun, but remember to check your speed, there’s boulders at the bottom. Watch Preston:

I ran into Ryan (Kushrocks) on the Sawtooth, both wearing our purple Alzheimer’s Association shirts. Great to run into you!

We summitted Mount Evans fairly easily. But again, it was very windy while hiking along the ridge. Hold on!
Me on the summit of Mount Evans, dedicated to my Grandma and Aunt Theresa. (photo 7)

We returned by going down a gulley (steep and full of loose rock/dirt, but very manageable) that was at the bottom of an open area between Evans and Mount Spalding. At the bottom we had a frustrating time hiking through the plant growth and muddiness at the bottom of the two peaks. While it was frustrating, it’s all part of the adventure and I loved it! We were back to our cars at 6PM making the round trip in 11 hours. Thanks to all who came in support!

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Great hike!
06/10/2012 22:14
Hey man, Nice hike (and good cause)!

Im doing this with a group in July, how was the sawtooth section? From what i can tell the photos make it look a lot worse than it really is.


Re: great hike
06/10/2012 22:25
Thank you!

Honestly, I'm scared of heights (that's why I love doing this). Photo's definitely make it seem worse than it is, the scramble down is fun and challenging, climbing up on the other side is the fun scary part, definitely looking over the edge, standing on shoulder width path, with a rock wall on your side. I just kept a hand on the wall and it's no problem. I wouldn't have done it if there was ice/snow


Random Awesomeness
06/11/2012 01:21
Good to run into you on the sawtooth. What are the odds us both being there at the same time rocking the ALZ Stars purple shirts? What is next on your agenda? Its awesome that you are getting out there doing this.


Re: Random Awesomeness!
06/11/2012 14:22
What are the odds, indeed!? I'll be in Chicago next weekend, but the weekend following headed to Gray's and Torrey's.


Sawtooth Open!
06/12/2012 18:09
Wifey and I plan to head there this weekend. Great to hear the ledge going up the face of the Sawtooth is snow/ice free.

Great trip report and cause.


Re: Sawtooth Open!
07/08/2012 18:11
Sorry, I just so this comment, but thank you! Hope you had a great hike along the Sawtooth!

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