Peak(s):  Taylor Pk A  -  13,435 feet
Taylor Pk B  -  13,153 feet
Date Posted:  04/27/2016
Date Climbed:   11/14/2015
Author:  Gcobb
 Misadventures in Rocky Mountain National Park  

I've been working on writing up a report about a misadventure I had in Rocky Mountain National Park this past winter for a few months now and finally finished writing it. I hope I can vicariously prevent similar mistakes in the future.

"It's hard for me to read this now and not choke up. I wrote it while barely hanging on to a chossy slab face off the side of Taylor Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park this past November knowing that there was a high probability of me not surviving the day.

I had driven out to Colorado from Virginia a couple weeks earlier to do some hiking and climbing but never intended to get myself into such a horrible situation. I wrote this up as an unsent text on my phone and left it on the screen so it would surely be read granted the phone survived the fall.

I started up toward Andrews around mid-morning, following well travelled tracks up through a beautiful valley in the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park. I'd been living in my car for a couple weeks, sleeping in Estes Park and in the National Park. The place was desolate with a couple recent heavy snowfalls but today, with beautiful weather, the crowds were out. I had broken trail a couple days earlier attempting to climb to Andrews Glacier but the going was too slow in the deep unpacked snow and I had to turn around a half mile short to make it back before dark...."

Continue reading here: Climbing Taylor Glacier

 Comments or Questions

04/28/2016 14:51
Glad you didn't have to have someone read that text on your phone...

04/28/2016 15:29
Me too man, me too


Glad you made it
05/15/2016 21:03
It's excruciating to look back on that one moment in your climbing past that could have very easily been your last. It's amazing what can race through your mind even when your body can only move in inches. Especially when you realize you don't have a lot of time to extract yourself from a bad situation. Good luck with your future climbs, I'm glad you are sticking to your mountain ambitions even after such a difficult ordeal.

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