Peak(s):  Unnamed 12954 - 12,954 feet
Unnamed 12876 - 12,876 feet
Mount Chapman - 12,755 feet
Unnamed 12748 - 12,748 feet
Unnamed 12724 - 12,724 feet
Date Posted:  06/22/2012
Date Climbed:   06/14/2012
Author:  mennoguy
 12er Blitzkrieg on Cumberland Pass Quad  

A southern Sawatch 12er fest

Unnamed 12954
Unnamed 12876
Mount Helmars 12858 (unranked)
Mount Chapman 12755
Unnamed 12748
Unnamed 12724
Unnamed 12650
Unnamed 12643
Mount Poor 12442
Mount Arps 12383 (unranked)

TH: Alpine tunnel east side
~18 miles 7100 Feet

I had toyed around with the idea of a massive 12er traverse and noticed these peaks would work perfectly. A high TH and not having to drop below 11900 feet made this traverse irresistible. I started jogging up the 4wd road to Hancock Pass at 6:00. I arrived at the false summit for Chapman at 7:10. The false summit of Chapman probably gets visited twice as much as the real summit. At 7:20 I was signing an old Ken Nolan register on the summit of Chapman.

Sunflower on Hancock Pass

Mount Chapman

Upper Ridge

Mount Arps was a quick add on summit. I ran down the ridge and made the quick 250 climb to the summit by 7:55. I looked over the valley towards my car and saw at least five school buses parked by my car. The view towards Mount Poor didn't look too pleasing with quite a few willows to contend with. I seriously overestimated the willows, it was another quick jaunt to my third summit of the day, Mount Poor, at 8:35. This was too easy.

Mount Arps

School Buses?

Mount Poor

Looking towards Mount Helmers I saw what looked to be a more spicy ridge. Maybe some excitement? An old mining/animal trail allowed me to bypass a ridge bump to Alpine Pass. The ridge I thought might be spicy turned out to be a moderate class 2 talus heep. I found a nice surprise on the summit at 9:25, the next person to visit might want to bring a pipe wrench. 12954 was the highpoint of the day, I reached it at 10:00. I decided this would be my decision point on whether or not to climb 12650, 12724, and 12876. I felt great so I made my way towards the saddle, after a short steep climb I was sitting on top of 12724 at 11:15.


Old Alpine tunnel station

East Ridge of Helmers

Looking down the ridge

Surprise on Helmers

12650 and is only half a mile away, and 12876 another half mile. I reached 12650 at 11:40 and 12876 at 12:00. Resummiting 12650 and 12724 was not the most fun activity. but it went quickly enough. I joined the CDT and made my way to the central point of the day 12643. 12643 has a jumbled mess of boulders on top, I arrived at 1:35. 12743 was a little over a mile away. It also required more effort than I thought it would. I couldn't avoid climbing the false southern summit, which was an annoying talus heep. The real northern summit was a class 2+ scamper, I sat, tired on my final summit of the day at 2:25.



My original plan was to sidehill and visit Tunnel Lake. However the Alpine Tunnel trail looked too close. I descended down to the valley, hopped over the creek and made the quick climb to the Alpine Tunnel. The Alpine Tunnel was a misguided attempt to reach Gunnison by rail. It was closed more than it was open. I ran down the old railroad grade to my car where I arrived at 3:45.

Alpine Tunnel

A Dangerous Tunnel

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 Comments or Questions
Steve Knapp

You are not in Kansas anymore
06/22/2012 17:38
Ha, nice work. Looks like you've acclimated well to the high country. This is great, might have to try and link these up myself someday. Thanks for the report!


Oh uh.
06/23/2012 18:52
a full 12ver report?? Now were talking


I give you...
06/24/2012 14:24
a thumbs up just for using the word ”Blitzkrieg”! Thanks for posting this report.

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