Download Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk:
You (the person requesting this file download) fully understand mountain climbing ("Activity") involves risks and dangers of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death ("Risks") and you fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages you incur as a result of your participation in this Activity.
You acknowledge that information in the file you have chosen to download may not be accurate and may contain errors. You agree to assume all risks when using this information and agree to release and discharge 14ers.com, 14ers Inc. and the author(s) of such information (collectively, the "Released Parties").
You hereby discharge the Released Parties from all damages, actions, claims and liabilities of any nature, specifically including, but not limited to, damages, actions, claims and liabilities arising from or related to the negligence of the Released Parties. You further agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend 14ers.com, 14ers Inc. and each of the other Released Parties from and against any loss, damage, liability and expense, including costs and attorney fees, incurred by 14ers.com, 14ers Inc. or any of the other Released Parties as a result of you using information provided on the 14ers.com or 14ers Inc. websites.
You have read this agreement, fully understand its terms and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid the balance, notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.
By clicking "OK" you agree to these terms. If you DO NOT agree, click "Cancel"...
Hikers: Darrin (kansas) and me
Route: Northeast Ridge: Stewart Creek
Elevation Gain: 3.6K'
On to Plan C
With our plans foiled to do a couloir climb of Conundrum due to bear activity, we head for the only other peak on Darrin's list that we can most easily hit. Too bad it was hundreds of miles or a 4 hour drive away. I would have liked to do an alternate route on this one, as I have done the standard route from Stewart Creek 4 years ago. But with Darrin falling asleep on the navigating job, I figured it would be easiest to go to the trailhead that I will remember. Of course the 40 miles of dirt roads seemed to go by a lot slower than they did last time.
After what seems like an eternity, we arrive at the trailhead, and quickly ready the back of the truck for sleeping. Now if only the other inhabitant of the trailhead would shut off his headlights.... how rude! (Thankfully he eventually did, but we may have been too tired to notice)
The majority of the distance of this route is along a nice forest and meadow trail, with very little uphill gain. 3 or 4 miles go by, and you barely notice that you are gaining a thousand vertical. A nice trail for the second day out.
Once out of the trees the upper meadow and summit ridge becomes visible. The remaining vertical to the summit will be accomplished in the final mile or so. The flowers are really popping out all the way to the summit. I was amazed to see tiny purple flowers at 13.9K!
As we near the summit, we see a few couples make their way down. For the most remote of all the 14ers, we saw less than 20 people all day. The influx must have been the holiday!
On the way down, I took a little time to photograph some pretty flowers I noted on the way up. Also a few strange trees, that looked half alive and half dead. It was like the seeds from the dead tree, germinated in the rotting sections to create new life around the old.
Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
a lot of these 14er standard route tr‘s get really really old. Yours are unique, with great pictures. It seems like you have a standard point and shoot and a really good eye for the right angle and scene.
Nice bristlecone pine shot, probably the most interesting looking tree in the universe (then again, I haven‘t really gotten out much outside the USA).
lordhelmut - Your tr‘s make me look forward to the day where I can focus on the 13ers and fun routes again. ‘The List‘ is getting old! I sometimes wonder if I should post these standard routes, so thanks. I figured the photography was enough.
My current camera is a Canon S90, a lightweight compromise from my 6lb Canon 30D DSLR. I also have a filter attachment and can run full manual settings (when I have time). So not exactly point and shoot. I think its good enough for basic climbs. Don‘t need the extra training weight!
doggler - I did my best impression of your running trip on San Luis... ie I went as fast as I could! Even Darrin was tired by the end, and both our shins hurt from the ‘speed hiking‘.
EatinHardtack - I was wondering if all those streams and ponds produced much. Lots of wildlife spotted in the area on both of my trips out there.
ha! We actually hiked San Luis on the 4th of July weekend last year. I think we too saw about 20 people total. We had a nightmare of a drive getting there....whatever you do, dont hit up that road after a rainstorm.
I was there the day before and that area might be one of my favorites in this state. I attempted the peak on the 3rd but I had problems with my boots for some reason that day and didn't make it up. I'll be back and it wasn't a total loss. I caught many brookies up there and some browns.
Nicely captured with the lens! Colorful! Beautiful day!
Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.
Please respect private property: 14ers.com supports the rights of private landowners to determine how and by whom their land will be used. In Colorado, it is your responsibility to determine if land is private and to obtain the appropriate permission before entering the property.