Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
Date Posted:  06/21/2008
Date Climbed:   06/21/2008
Author:  avs88fan

 lots of snow on Missouri  

On the first day of summer of 08 my good friend from work and I decided we needed to climb a fourteener. I suggested Missouri as it is one of the few remaining fourteeners that I have not climbed in the Sawatch. I had not heard any snow conditions from I knew there was still quite a bit of snow remaining just by looking at some of the recent pics from other trip reports. We camped just past the trailhead at one of designated campsites along the road. The first part of the Missouri Gultch trail is very easy to follow but can be a bit annoying with all of the switchbacks. We did not encounter any substantial snow until we reached the old cabin.
There are small scattered patches of snow until you reach the Missouri/Belford trail junction. At the junction the trail is somewhat difficult to follow as there are many patches of snow that hide the trail. Image
Here is our first real glimpse of Missouri.
There are few sections where the trail is not covered by snow but by 12,700ft continuous snow only remained.
At around 13,000 ft we decided to climb one of the class three routes as the standard route was covered with snow and looked just as difficult to ascend.
Climbing up one of the class three routes. Ice axe and crampons are recommend but I did see people without them. I sure would not have climbed this route without them.
Looking down you can see where the trail becomes covered with snow. Image
Once along the ridge, snow can be avoided for the most part with a few exceptions.
On the summit looking south toward Yale, Princeton, Antero, etc. Image
Looking west toward Huron and the apostles. Image
Attempting to dry our boots off on the summit from all of the snow. Image
Coming down is pretty straightforward. We chose to come down more toward the standard route. There are some great glissade opportunities.
Coming back though the snow field at 1130am can be an adventure. Watch out for all of the postholes.
Overall this climb was my more favorite Sawatch climbs given the conditions. If you don‘t like snow or posholing I would hold off from climbing Missouri for a while.

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 Comments or Questions

nice photos
06/22/2008 22:56
Which of the 3 couliors did you ascend?


what a difference 2 weeks makes!
07/05/2008 02:01
Went up Missouri today, a lot of the snow is now gone, but there are still several snowfield crossings, snow is a little punchy in spots but snowshoes not needed. I brought crampons, didn‘t use them. BUT, ice axe is needed to take advantage of the kick-arse glissading. I dropped into a chute and rocketed down in soft snow that was easy to control. Also, the ”crux” is pretty nasty -- there is some ice at the base which makes it more difficult than it should be. We found a workaround -- just go straight over the knife-edge. It is a little exposed but the rock is solid and hand/footholds abound. I would certainly say it is solid Class 3, so if you‘re not comfortable with a little exposure, you may want to think twice about the workaround.

thanks for posting your trip report, it was well done and useful. I just wanted to throw in a little update...

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