Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
Date Posted:  10/27/2012
Modified:  11/08/2012
Date Climbed:   10/27/2012
Author:  ledge_lichen
 Humboldt - East Ridge (and a short climb)  

Hello. Well, I did try climbing Mt. Humboldt back on October 27. So this is a trip report. It's going, however, to be short. We got up the 4-wheel road to the trail head (where you cannot go any further). It was a nice sunny day; it started out cold, but nicely warmed up in the afternoon. One or two members of the group was/were only about one and one half or maybe two miles up the South Colony jeep road when one of them stepped on a patch of ice (on the road) and broke both bones in his right leg above the ankle. Naturally, this was the end of our adventure. The group took turns either helping him hop on one leg or carrying him on a tree bole litter that we made back to the parked vehicle (this took three very long grueling hours or so). But, he's not heavy, he's our brother. Anyway, we dropped off the victim at St. Mary Corwin hospital in Pueblo, and a couple of days later or the next day he had surgery. He now has an extra metal plate, five pins, and a cable in his right leg or ankle. By the way, we were on the South Colony jeep road because someone in the group decided we were going to do the west ridge route instead of the east ridge route. Gee, just one more surprise I guess. Anyway, he has to keep all weight off that leg for six weeks. We saw two other hikers going up and three hunters going up, but the hunters then passed us again going down. The didn't stay long. I don't know if the hikers reached the summit or not. Maybe someday I will get there myself.

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