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August 30, 2013Distance: 11.5 miles (according to GPS)Elevation: ~5,700 ft (according to GPS)Time: 10.5 hrs (4.50 am to 3.20 pm)Team: Rick McBee, Ben, Matt Payne and Natalie Moran I suppose I never dreamed of climbing Dallas…

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  • Trip Date August 30, 2013
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 5.2
When the dates for the 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower were released, I knew I wanted to schedule some time in a very remote location to capitolize on the opportunity to capture as many meteor shower photos…

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  • Trip Date August 11, 2013
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0
Climbing mountains in solo-mode is therapy for me. While I have often espoused a deep belief that climbing mountains solo is a safety concern, there are times when the benefits outweigh the risks. I'm not sure…

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  • Trip Date June 28, 2013
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0
I had fully intended to climb the Centennial French Mountain this weekend, but plans change. My climbing partner Sarah and I left Colorado Springs at around 3:45 AM and reached the North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead at…

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  • Trip Date June 15, 2013
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0
Two amazing summits; 11,060 ft. elevation gain, 21.5 miles... and a whole lotta' fun. Introduction Last year, I had plans to complete my long quest to climb all of Colorado’s 14ers. I had the calendar all…

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  • Trip Date 7/25/2012
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4
Originally, my friend Ethan and I had made plans to climb the Three Apostles - three great 13ers over near Leadville; however, the Waldo Canyon Fire started the weekend prior and by Tuesday had burned out…

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  • Trip Date 7/1/12
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0
Mount Oklahoma is often forgotten by many, including myself, for a variety of reasons. There's nothing very remarkable about the look or feel of Oklahoma or the route to climb it. As Gerry Roach explains in his…

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  • Trip Date June 16, 2012
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
UN 13,832 and UN 13,811 (UN = Unnamed) have been on my radar for quite a few years now. My dad and I were hoping to tackle them both back in 2009 but weather steered us…

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  • Trip Date June 1, 2012
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
This Spring has been quite dry and I've been feeling the itch to get out and get up a summit. I mulled the idea of heading up to do Lackawanna (a high 13er near Independence Pass);…

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  • Trip Date March 25, 2012
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
Day 1: Backpack from Endlich Mesa to Lillie Lake Day 2: Climb one 13er, backpacking over Trimble Pass and Columbine Pass Day 3: Sunrise from North Eolus, summit of Eolus and Sunlight Day 4: Climb of…

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  • Trip Date September 2, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4: Simple climbing, with exposure. A rope is often used. Natural protection can be easily found. Falls may well be fatal.
Mount Wilson's claim to fame as one of Colorado's most dangerous 14ers is certainly well deserved. As Colorado's 16th highest mountain, Mount Wilson rises to an impressive 14,246 ft. above sea level and the boasts the…

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  • Trip Date August 13, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4: Simple climbing, with exposure. A rope is often used. Natural protection can be easily found. Falls may well be fatal.
Day 1: Drive to Lead King Basin and Backpack to Geneva Lake ~ 1,400 ft. elevation gain ~ 3 miles Day 2: Snowmass Mountain via the West Ridge Route ~3,000 ft. elevation gain ~ 6 miles…

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  • Trip Date July 30, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4: Simple climbing, with exposure. A rope is often used. Natural protection can be easily found. Falls may well be fatal.
Quite a few people save Culebra Peak (ranked 41st – 14,047 ft.) as their last 14er; however, I wanted to just get it out of the way sooner rather than later. If you’re wondering why I…

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  • Trip Date July 24, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
Mount Adams is one of the last mountains in the top 100 in the Sangre de Cristo Range that I've yet to climb. It has always drawn my attention on other hikes in the area, and…

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  • Trip Date July 16, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4: Simple climbing, with exposure. A rope is often used. Natural protection can be easily found. Falls may well be fatal.
The adventure of my July 4th weekend for 2011 just wouldn't end on its own. After spending the morning in Telluride sulking about our partial defeat in Navajo Basin, Regina and I decided to drive back…

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  • Trip Date July 3, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 3: Scrambling with increased exposure. A rope can be carried but is usually not required. Falls are not always fatal.
Fourth of July weekend always provides a tremendous opportunity for mountaineering, and this year was no different for me. Early in the year (January), I was eagerly planning my summer's climbs and saw this weekend and…

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  • Trip Date June 30, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4: Simple climbing, with exposure. A rope is often used. Natural protection can be easily found. Falls may well be fatal.
When Regina and I embarked from Colorado Springs, the plan was to backpack up to Snowmass Lake and climb Snowmass Mountain, putting me within 10 climbs of completing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Unfortunately, some…

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  • Trip Date June 25, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class N/A
San Luis Peak is a gentle giant, rising to 14,014 feet in the middle of the La Garita Wilderness Area, which means "The Lookout" in Spanish, according to Wilderness.net. The 50th highest ranked peak in Colorado,…

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  • Trip Date June 12, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
Mount Princeton has been on my radar for a long time. As the most visually prominent (but only 8th most prominent, literally speaking) mountain in the Sawatch Range and Collegiate Peaks, it always has greeted me…

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  • Trip Date May 22, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
California Peak has long eluded me. Being one of the highest 100 mountains in Colorado (a Centennial), it has been in my sights for awhile. California Peak rises to 13,849 ft. and is ranked 84th highest…

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  • Trip Date April 17, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
Traver Peak is a high un-ranked 13er (13,852 ft) in the Tenmile Range just one valley north of the Kite Lake basin, which includes the popular 14ers Lincoln, Democrat and Bross. The valley which Traver calls…

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  • Trip Date February 13, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 2.0 - Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands.
Mount Rosa is a 11,499 ft. mountain located just west of Colorado Springs and from Colorado Springs appears to be next to (north of) Cheyenne Mountain. Mount Rosa is a deceptive mountain though because it is…

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  • Trip Date January 16, 2011
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 1.0
If you've followed any of my other trip reports this year or last year, you'd know that Tabeguache Peak is officially my nemesis. After one failed attempt last year (2009) due to weather, another failed attempt…

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  • Trip Date November 6, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 2
Earlier this year I had made plans to climb Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, and El Diente with my dad; however, plans quickly changed through the summer as Ray painfully realized that he did not have the…

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  • Trip Date September 19, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 3: Scrambling with increased exposure. A rope can be carried but is usually not required. Falls are not always fatal.
I've had my eye on Mount Sneffels for quite some time. This gem of a mountain located near Ouray, CO, is one of the most splendid-looking mountains in all of Colorado. Sneffels first caught my attention…

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  • Trip Date September 11, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 3: Scrambling with increased exposure. A rope can be carried but is usually not required. Falls are not always fatal.
Rio Grande Pyramid has long been on my "to-do list" for the Centennials (the highest 100 mountains in Colorado). Isolated by over 10 miles from its neighbors in the San Juan Mountains, Rio Grande Pyramid sticks…

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  • Trip Date August 28, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 2
Capitol Peak carries a mystique among hikers and climbers in Colorado. First climbed in 1909 by Percy Hagerman and Harold Clark, Capitol Peak is often revered as the most difficult 14er in Colorado. Capitol Peak towers…

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  • Trip Date August 15, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 5: Technical free climbing involving rope, belaying, and other protection hardware for safety. Un-roped falls can result in severe injury or death.
What an action-packed trip this was! From off-roading one of Colorado's most difficult 4x4 trails to witnessing a full-scale Search and Rescue operation! As if climbing one of Colorado's most challenging 14ers wasn't enough! To start…

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  • Trip Date August 8, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 4: Simple climbing, with exposure. A rope is often used. Natural protection can be easily found. Falls may well be fatal.
I have to admit, when I put together my climbing schedule for this summer, one of the mountains I was least looking forward to climbing was Longs Peak. Renowned for a very long approach and a…

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  • Trip Date July 17, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 3: Scrambling with increased exposure. A rope can be carried but is usually not required. Falls are not always fatal.
There really is only one word that can aptly describe the Grenadier Range: incredible. This sub-range of Colorado's San Juan Mountains rests deep within the Weminuche Wilderness Area and sweeps up from the valley below in…

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  • Trip Date July 9, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class 5.3
The Sawatch Range of Colorado is known for its long, gentle giants such as Mount Elbert, Mount Massive, etc. It would also seem that most visitors to this area of the state are solely interested in…

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  • Trip Date June 26, 2010
  • Yosemite Decimal Class Class 2: Simple scrambling, with the possibility of occasional use of the hands. Little potential danger is encountered.

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