Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  09/07/2012
Date Climbed:   09/02/2012
Author:  Muskie5280
 Beautiful Day to go up and down and up again.  

I've been wanting to climb this one for a while but with the beast of a mountain that it is and the stories of people getting lost on the way done, I'd put it off in the back of my mind. Then came Labor Day...and we hadn't backpacked since June. What better way to fix this than 14,005 foot Mt. of the Holy Cross!

We set off from the Halfmoon Trailhead at 4:40 PM, Saturday afternoon with the skies filled with scattered showers but no lightning. It was hot. Very hot. We started climbing right away and meandered our way through a meadow with the occasional yellowing Aspen. Casey enjoyed a nice little jaunt through the tall grasses.

In about an hour we had climbed to the top of Halfmoon Pass, just underneath the scree fields of Notch Mountain (so named because it has a notch!). It was starting to sprinkle on us a bit but it was so light we couldn't feel it. We could only see it in the fleeting, late afternoon sun.

After a short break, we commenced losing 1,000 feet of the 1,300 feet we had just gained. Always a bit demoralizing to lose something you're gonna have to get back the next day, but such is Mt. of the Holy Cross. We were soon greeted with our first views of the peak....and she was impressive and imposing...

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 Comments or Questions

well done
09/08/2012 02:53
great report.

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