Peak(s):  Ouray, Mt  -  13,971 feet
Date Posted:  06/21/2009
Date Climbed:   06/18/2009
Author:  mennoguy
 Nice Day on Ouray‘s west ridge  

Mount Ouray 13,971
Start Time: 6:00
Summit 8:15
Back to Car 11:15

I had planned on climbing Ouray last summer but ran out of time so I decided to make it my first centennial 13er this summer.

I drove up from Divide and was pleased to see the summit covered in snow as I drove up Marshall Pass. I left the TH at a little after 6:00 and headed up the ridge. I followed the path of least resistance to treeline, I only encountered a few minor snow patches. Above treeline I followed the ridge to the top where I was almost blown off my feet because it was so windy. I stopped on one of the minor ridge points which was sheltered from the wind to eat.

From that point I examined the ridge and decided to climb on the north side to avoid the wind. I set off and stayed about 50 to 100 feet below the ridge crest on mostly stable rock. At about 13k I noticed I had lost my GPS, because I had no idea where I had lost it I decided to look for it on the way down.

I continued on the north side of the ridge enjoying the views until there was too much snow to avoid at about 13.6k, I climbed directly up to the ridge and pulled out my ice axe. I was glad to have my ice axe because the wind was terrible. An ice axe would not be necessary but it made the trek above 13.7k a lot easier.

I reached the snow covered summit at about 8:15 and only stayed for 5 minutes, enough time to snap some pictures and sign the register.

For the descent I followed the ridge crest down to about 13k where I dropped down to search for my fallen GPS, which I unfortunately could not find, there were too many crevices to look in. My guess is that some marmot is navigating through Teller County right now. Anyway, if anybody climbs Ouray please keep an eye out for a blue Garmin Etrex GPS.

The rest of my descent went without incident, had it not been windy and I had not been tired from the Garden of the Gods 10 mile race I would have made the trek to Pt. 13,472. Oh well, I guess I have to come back to the area .

I got back to the trailhead and hiked up to Marshall Pass to eat lunch and enjoy the views.

On the way back I stopped by Wilkerson Pass visitors center because I had never done that before then I saw Pt. 9380 calling my name right off of U.S 24 so I climbed it and found a Mike Garratt register with 6 total names including mine on it.

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 Comments or Questions

06/24/2009 02:47
the GPS really sucks but you took some nice pics!

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