Peak(s):  Mount Julian - 12,928 feet
Mount Ida - 12,900 feet
12820 - 12,820 feet
Chief Cheley Peak - 12,804 feet
Cracktop - 12,780 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2010
Date Climbed:   08/07/2010
Author:  Brian Kalet

 Ida to Terra Tomah Traverse - Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County

 Comments or Questions

07/29/2013 18:29
Nice job! I've read that there's some pretty gnarly terrain in the Julian/Terra Tomah/Forest Canyon area. You must be going for all the named and ranked peaks in RMNP, based on your ”Dundicking” report and this one.


This was
08/09/2010 16:19
our exact itinerary, cept it was yesterday.... We foolishly thought that 70% of weather had a chance of being off. Well, it wasn't, but it was too late to change our plans and it sounded better than playing Xbox all day. We got to 12,500 feet on continental divide trail, sat in a ravine waiting for the fog to burn off, it got worse, we lost our sense of direction, had to bail, ended up heading south to Timber Lake and hiked out from there. Cheap Altimeter watches are crap. The instant any barometric pressure sets in, the digital compass goes to s**t. Luckily we had a backup compass, a map and two brains trying to think through some scary thick fog. It was an adventure to say the least, we actually had a good time.

Anyways, thanks for the beta, nice work, good to know making your back to Ida and descending back to Milner Pass from there makes more sense than Forest Canyon. On the flip side, that place sounds like a nice adventure. How did you get back to your car? Hitch? I wonder how difficult that was, since tourists hate picking hitchers up?


07/29/2013 18:29
Wow, I accidently did a 180 on Hoosier Ridge yesterday thanks to pea soup fog! Stupid Garmin Forerunner 301! Stupid me for not bringing a real compass!

Brian Kalet

Larimer County
04/10/2011 22:16
49ers: I'm actually trying to climb all 255 ranked peaks in Larimer County.
Only 12 left!

lord: I was initially planning to go on Sunday as well. Luckily, I took one last look at the weather Friday afternoon and was persuaded to go on Saturday instead and I'm glad I did! Hitching a ride was easy.


Beautiful area!
08/10/2010 02:59
I have probably climbed Mt Ida more than any other peak in Colorado. One of my best days in the mountains was a Milner pass to Bear Lake hike following the divide many years ago.

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