Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  04/26/2009
Modified:  04/28/2009
Date Climbed:   04/25/2009
Author:  bckcntryskr

 BCDave hit‘s Mt. Princeton   

Partner: BCDave
Encounter: Cory & Ryan
Gear: skis, whippets, hiking boots
Total mileage: ~7 miles
Starting elevation: 10,400
Total elevation gain: 3797‘
Total time of route ~9.5hrs

We managed to park close to the radio towers (.5 mile below). The few drifts between us and the towers could be punched through with high clearance and skilled driving. We met up with Cory and Ryan, who camped at the last spot before the drifts. Shout out to RoanMtnMan for the fine TR posted on Wednesday.

This is a fairly straight forward route up. We left on foot with headlamps at 0500. The summit was fairly easy to reach. On this day, the clouds were rolling in and out, causing the snow to remain "bulletproof" up top. We opted for the Glacier Valley, in hopes of softer snow. That did pan out about 500' below the ridge.

We then opted to follow a contour back to the main road. This was probably far more work and effort than needed. I would recommend regaining the saddle between the round peak and Tigger peak (pretty obvious, when you're out there). We were fortunate enough to end up just above the road. We put on our skis for a stint of "Mr. Toad's" wild ride. A ribbon of white death, along the road. Then it was a short hike back to the truck, arriving at 1430. All said and done, it was a great day to have the mountain. We four were the only people we encountered all day long.

A nice soak in the Mt. Princeton hot springs (highly recommended) helped to loosen things up before the drive back to Monument.

Google map trace from my Garmin 205
BCDave booting it up the ridge
Summit photo
BCDave rippin thru the rocks
My turn to turn
Ryan on the snow
Cory with the sweet retro baskets
The ridge to summit to ski photo

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Nice one guys!
05/02/2011 14:23
We almost headed over there Saturday night after Belford & Oxford for a Sunday attempt. Interesting you two chose to carry your boots. I guess neither option is too appealing. We may head there this weekend. How did you end up with so much vertical gain?


04/28/2009 19:09
Nice catch Carl. I put in the total vert for the day as recorded on my Garmin 205. I edited it above to reflect the elev gain from start to summit. Ah the boot ?......Obviously it is more comfortable to be in hikers, but at the expense of more weight on the pack. Tough call, but I would probably NOT go with the hikers on this short of an approach again.


04/29/2009 04:10
Nice meeting you guys Sat, and thanks for the cool shots! I‘m now the proud owner of a whippet after that sketchy bit at the top. Cory

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