Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  10/01/2009
Modified:  10/02/2009
Date Climbed:   09/26/2009
Author:  CincyBearcats

 Tour de Pikes, Ohl style  

Peaks: Pikes Peak
Route: Ascend from Midland Terminal Railroad Tunnel TH, Descend to Crags TH
Date Climbed: September 26, 2009
Elevation Gained: ~5,100-ft
Roundtrip Mileage: ~15-miles
Time: 11-hr
Group: Jim & Karen Ohl, Andy & Sarah Thien, Nina

After a great summer of tackling some of Colorado's most challenging 14ers (at least by our standards), we headed to Pikes with loads of ambition and excitement. Nina was just happy that she didn't get left at home this time. The previous week's snow storms left us looking for an alternative to our original plan of hiking the famous Barr Trail. Luckily, Jim (a.k.a. Captain Pikes) was able to draw up an outstanding alternative. With a short car shuttle, we were able to ascend and descend separate routes for a wonderful Tour de Pikes that would make even Roach proud.

Because of the clear weather forecast and chilly overnight temperatures, we chose to sleep in and start around sunrise. Thanks to the hospitality of Jim and Karen, this was the very first time that we slept in an actual bed on the night before climbing a peak! The weather could not have been better for a brisk fall day. The aspens were brilliant, the skies were perfectly blue, and Pikes was blanketed in a fresh dusting of snow. To top it all off, Jim hauled bottles of our favorite Munich brew (Paulaner) to the summit for a celebratory toast. We couldn't have asked for a better way to finish this amazing list of peaks.

(Pikes Peak and the Kissing Camels, Garden of the Gods)

(Aspens reflecting in a beaver pond)

(Above tree line on a brisk fall morning)

(From the saddle at Sentinel Point with Pikes in the distance)

(Descending from the saddle at Sentinel Point)

(Jim, Karen, Nina, and Andy taking a break)

(Looking back towards Sentinel Point across the drainage into which we had descended)

(Nina is getting excited to make the last few steps onto the summit)

(Looking down the center branch of the Y Couloir)

(Interesting snow formation atop the Y Couloir)

(Nina is super excited to check off her 42nd 14er summit)

(Jim surprising us with some nectar from the German gods)


(Sarah poses near the Devil's Playground)

(Topo of Jim‘s fabulous route)

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 Comments or Questions

10/02/2009 18:35
...where‘s that kissing celebratory pic?!


No such photo exists. I promise.
10/02/2009 18:43
If such an imaginary photo were ever to materialize, don‘t forget that I know where you live! Speaking of which, I thought I told you that you weren‘t allowed to start a ”finisher” thread for us. You‘re in some serious trouble next time I see you.

Thanks again for treating us to such a great weekend!


Cool route
10/03/2009 06:38
Congrats to all!


10/04/2009 22:35
let‘s celebrate your 14er finisher soon. Looks like you guys made an interesting day of Pikes.

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