Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  03/06/2007
Date Climbed:   03/05/2007
Author:  gregbrae
 Pikes Peak: East face  

After an unsuccessful attempt at Pikes Peak‘s East face two weeks ago we decided to get to Barr Camp Sun night and go up on Monday. Arrived @ Barr Camp @ about 7:30 pm. Had a cup of cocoa with Brian, very nice guy filling in for Neil and Teresa. A full moon provided lots of light for our 5:45am departure. Trail was less packed than it was two weeks ago to the Bottomless Pit sign but still easy to follow. Same story, lost the trail on the 4th or 5th switchback (after the long traverse) before the A-frame. Donned the snowshoes and headed straight up to get above timberline. Traversed across to get into the main gully on the E face. We were able to snowshoe about a 1/3 of the way up and then ran out of snow (you gotta love those heel bars!). We had to rock hop until about 13,600. The last snowfield was very icy/hard packed and obviously the steepest section of the climb. We watched two bighorn sheep cross in front of us, weather was perfect, minimal wind, great day! In hindsight, we should‘ve probably stayed left of the snow field/snow bridge on the rocks because neither of us had axe‘s. Had we slipped, it would have been a fast, dangerous slide with nothing but rocks to slow us down below. It looked so fun we couldn‘t resist; however, we were very careful. So we get to the summit house and find three crew cab trucks parked there (A ride down! Fabulous!!!!!!) WRONG! I let myself in the employee only door and there were 4-5 people inside. I met a nervous looking kid who kept looking over his shoulder at a gentleman across the room who hadn‘t noticed me yet. I asked if it possible we buy a ride down with one of them. The young man says, "Sorry, but Jerry is going to make you leave." As promised, Jerry promptly told me they were closed and a ride down was not happening! So down the Cog tracks we headed. A very long, quad crushing 9 miles. Illegal, I know but it seemed so much more appealing than Barr Trail. After the trudge down, I think the extra 4 miles to reduce the grade may not have been so bad!
Unable to download photos? My camera is 6 megapixels, requirements say 5 is max, not sure if that was the problem or what. Anyway, if interested its Pikes Peak 2 album @

 Comments or Questions

pickup trucks?
02/05/2011 00:22
pickup trucks at the top in the middle of winter? i didn't think the road was plowed.


11/30/2010 17:28
I'm not sure if it is open to the public or not. All four people I saw inside the summit house were employees, cleaning, etc...

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