Peak(s):  Meeker, Mt  -  13,911 feet
Date Posted:  10/15/2012
Date Climbed:   10/12/2012
Author:  caad4rep
 My Solo Adventure up Meeker  

-Me "I feel like climbing a mountain..."
-My Wife "Why don't you just go climb one"
-Me "When?"
-My Wife "This weekend, I don't care"
-Me "ok, I'll go Thursday"

I leave my home at 3am and proceed to drive 880 miles from Owatonna, MN to Longs Peak Campground.

The big day is here. I just drove 13 hours, I better make it to the top! Objective #1 is going to be at Chasm Lake for sunrise. I hit the Longs Peak trail at 4:45am. I was really tired so the first mile or so was a little tough but I managed to push on. Temps were cool but not bad, as I approached treeline I could hear the winds picking up. I eventually made it to treeline in a little under an hour and promptly put my shell on and did my best to not get blown away. Once I passed Mills Moraine the wind just disappeared, Longs and MLW did a fantastic job blocking the wind. I made it to Chasm Lake at 7:10, just minutes before sunrise. I have to say, watching the sunrise from here reflect off the diamond was amazing experience!

Chasm Lake & Longs Peak ~ Rocky Mountain National Park by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

After the sun was up I proceed to the base of the loft route and headed up. I was expecting a little more snow but the dry conditions made for quick work. I stayed on the far right all the way up to the waterfalls trying to stay on the slabs and larger boulders. there were two other guys going up the left side and they appeared to be struggling a lot more with snow and loose rock.

Mt. Meeker by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

Eventually I had to cross the ice to get left but it wasn't too bad. I took a small break on the headwall ledges and pulled the ol' camera back out.

Mt. Meeker by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

Mt. Meeker by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

The ledges were snow covered with very hard snow, I was really glad I brought my ice axe! I made it to the loft around 9:00 and scrampled to the Meeker summit around 9:30. What a cllimb!

Mt. Meeker Summit ~ 13,911' by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

Longs Peak from Mt. Meeker by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

View from Mt. Meeker by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

It was a pretty uneventful trip back down. I took a quick break at the loft for a self portrait.

Me on the Loft by Gaffke Photography v2.8, on Flickr

I took my time getting back safely trying to avoid the ice. eventually making it back to my car around 2:30.

Saturday: Drive 880 miles back home

 Comments or Questions

Nice pictures
10/16/2012 00:17
Nice pictures, looks like you had a great day


long drive
10/16/2012 02:29
what, no mountains in minnesota?

I was thinking 3 hrs was a long drive for a hike...


10/16/2012 02:36
ain't no mountains up here in the frozen plains. We consider a 100' foot rise a big hill. In three days I spent 24 hours driving and 10 hours climbing. Well worth it in my book!


Meeker is awesome!
10/16/2012 04:07
I have yet to summit Meeker but that mountain beckons me... Congrats on summiting that peak! I love your photos - looks like you have a great camera!! I can't wait to be on Meeker's summit someday.


10/16/2012 09:21
Do you have the mountain climbing bug?
Great job ! Nice report!
Meeker is on my short list . Awesome place


10/16/2012 10:42
I climbed a big mountain here in southeast Mn. last weekend, 200 feet. Enjoyed your report, people around here just don't understand.


10/18/2012 16:10
As Yikes said, a 3hr drive is my limit so I definitely need to take a leaf out of your book. Well done, indeed!


Nice pics
10/25/2012 21:29
Thanks for the report, good job!


11/04/2012 21:56
I like the decision process and dialogue behind this hike!

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