Saturday, 4/20/2019, Timber, Kimmons,W Valley Trail Lory State Park

This hike is a loop beginning just south of the visitor center in Lory State Park west of Fort Collins. We start on the Timber Trail, hookup to the Kimmons Trail and finally the West Valley Trail returning to the trailhead. It offers beautiful views of Horsetooth Reservoir, the hogbacks and foothills. There is also the chance of seeing wildlife. Register with the leader at dec5018@comcast.net.

Leader: Don Carpenter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 574
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Wednesday, 4/24/2019, Monthly Meeting--Exploring New Zealand By Holly Barrass

Social--Snacks & tap room brews at 6:30 pmPresentation at 7:20-8:20 pmJoin the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for a lively evening as we socialize and taste Odell's brews along with enjoying a wonderful presentation by Holly Barrass as she shares highlights from her beautiful homeland, New Zealand.

Leader: Anita Wright
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Sunday, 4/28/2019, Dragon's Tooth Couloir ASC Instructor Practice Session (Fort Collins)

This is one of the practice sessions for instructors and assistants of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins).Dragon's Tooth Couloir is just west of the more popular Dragons Tail Couloir above Emerald Lake in RMNP. It sees fewer ski descents because of a rock band in the upper third - so fewer descending skiers to worry about on the climb. The rock band varies from 5 to 20 feet in height, depending on snow coverage. Rock climbing difficulty varies with snow coverage between class 4 to mid 5th class with possible icy spots. Be prepared for about 1,500' of moderately steep snow climbing, maximum snow slope angle is about 45 degrees. We plan to rope up on portions of the route. We may climb all or a portion of the route, depending on conditions.The approach is via the Emerald Lake trail and the snow apron below the couloirs. The trail to Emerald Lake is usually well-packed, so snowshoes are usually not needed. The top of the climb is on Flattop Mtn. Descent is via the Flattop trail on the east slope.Route Descriptions: https://www.summitpost.org/dragon-s-tooth-couloir/159744https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105747542/dragons-toothMap: Trails Illustrated #301Bring helmet, ice ax, crampons, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners, belay-rappel device, a sling or two, mountaineering boots, ice ax, belay/rappel device, gaiters, cold weather clothing, wind and sun protection, lunch, and drink.Bring additional climbing gear if you have it: rope, modest selection of rock pro, a snow picket, more slings and carabiners. Snowshoes are likely not needed for this climb.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, ASC Instructor/Trip Leader Session Alpine Scrambling Fort Collins Group

INSTRUCTOR SKILLS REVIEWThis is a review session for senior and assistant instructors prior to the Alpine Scrambling Course Basic Skills Session. The purpose is to review the instructional agenda and content for this field session. Particular attention is paid having senior instructors review techniques to be used to provide added security in case of course participant unease with exposure, assistance on difficult scrambling sections, assistance for downclimbing, a need to manage travel under difficult weather or other conditions. Both senior instructors and assistant practice scenarios that are applicable for addressing possible problems arising on class 3 and 4 scrambles.The following practice sessions are suggested (some instructors play the roles of students):• Rope handling and management• Belaying• Identifying and using natural anchors.• Roping up and traveling as teams of 2 or 3, using natural protection (horns, boulders, opposite sides of a ridge). For a team of 3, try this with a caterpillar or end-roping set-up.• Constructing anchors for scrambling with gear.• Belaying a student up a short step or slab.• Belaying a student down a step or slab.• Lowering a student or several students (one at a time) down a step or slab (no overhangs).• Construct a fixed line and travel along it using Prusiks.• Instructor rappel practice.This session is intended as a review for senior instructors and combination of review and new skills development for assistant instructors. All those with interests in participating in the Alpine Scrambling Course as instructors should attend.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 5/5/2019, Dragons Tail Couloir, RMNP ASC Fort Collins Climb

This is a steep couloir that may include a few class 4 or low class 5 moves depending on the snow coverage. You need to be comfortable on steep snow, moderate mixed terrain, and potentially some rock moves.  Depending on coverage, I will most likely be carrying a thin rope and some snow/ rock pro. I would recomend bringing a diaper harness or commercial harness in your pack so if need be we can belay.  Snowshoes or AT skis may be useful depending on the coverage at the time for travel, but the group will remian as one unless accompanied by a leader.  Plan on an early alpine start becasue Dragons Tail is a south facing couloir and is prone to wet slab avalanches. Contact me if you have questions! Mountain Project link for the climb: https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105747512/dragons-tail-couloir  

Leader: Zach Eiten
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 2000 ft.
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Thursday, 5/9/2019, Alpine Scrambling Course, Ft Collins Group, Workshop 1

2019 Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC), Fort Collins GroupWorkshop 1 is an evening session of the ASC. To participate you must be registered for the course.The ASC Program consists of two parts:(1) ASC CourseWorkshop 1: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBAWorkshop 2: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 1: Saturday, May 18, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Location: TBAAlternate Basic Skills Session in case of bad weather: Sunday, May 19 and Sunday, June 2You must be registered for ASC to participate in the workshops, the Basic Skills session, and the Elective Scrambles. To register, see below.(2) Elective ScramblesThroughout the summer, students who successfully complete the course portion have the opportunity to participate on Elective Scrambles. Successful completion of at least three, each progressively more challenging, Elective Scrambles is required for the student to complete the ASC Program.Course objectives* Improve your ability to move more confidently, securely, and efficiently on alpine scrambling terrain.* Improve your ability to manage exposure.You can request a copy of the manual by sending an e-mail to: john.raich@colostate.eduPrerequisitesPrior hiking experience in mountain terrain. One way to judge if you are ready is to review the self-assessment in the NOTES section below. To be ready, you should score a few (2)'s or (3)'s in addition to any (1)'s.Couse fee$100 The course fee is due on the first day of classes on 05/09/2019, payable to 'Colorado Mountain Club'.Refunds: $10 cancellation fee before 05/01/2019, no refund after 05/01/2019.There are no fees for participation in Elective Scrambles.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ALPINE SCRAMBLING COURSE - REGISTRATION FORMPlease review the self-evaluation in the NOTES section. Indicate you best responses in the four categories by writing a number on the appropriate line. Please send the form to John Raich, ASC Director, john.raich@colostate.edu (or by mail to: 1413 Osprey Court, Fort Collins CO 80525).DATE RECIEVED: ______________________________________NAME: ________________________________________________E-MAIL: _______________________________________________PHONE: _______________________________________________ADDRESS: _________________________________________________________________________________________________CMC MEMBERSHIP NUMBER: ____________________________Enter 1, 2, or 3Hiking Ability ______________Climbing Ability ____________Exposure _________________Technical Gear ____________

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Pace: Moderate
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Saturday, 5/11/2019, Mt Mahler Couloirs ASC Instructor Practice Session (Fort Collins)

This is one of the practice sessions for instructors and assistants of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins).We will climb and descend one of the couloirs off the E ridge of Mt Mahler near Mt Richthofen. These are moderate angle couloirs, max slope 40 to 45 degrees. The top of the couloirs is at about 12,100'. We will rope up for portions of the climb and will spend some time reviewing snow climbing and belaying techniques. Protection is through snow anchors and rock pro.Note for skiers: It is not our intention to ski the couloir although that might be possible for its lower portion.The couloirs are labeled 2c,d,e in the first photo ofhttps://www.frontrangeskimo.com/mount-mahlerMap: Trails Illustrated #200Access to the climb is from the Lake Agnes trailhead at about 9,600' off highway 14 just west of Cameron Pass. Cars will need a Colorado State Parks sticker or pay a day entrance fee. You will definitely need snowshoes plus trekking poles or backcountry skis for this approach.Bring helmet, ice ax, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners, a sling or two, mountaineering boots, belay/rappel device, gaiters, cold weather clothing, wind and sun protection.Two practice options are offered:(1) With crampons: Climb to the top of the couloir and descend. Bring crampons for this option.(2) Without crampons: Climb part-way up the couloir and descend.Bring additional climbing gear if you have it: rope, modest selection of rock pro, a snow picket, more slings and carabiners. Bring snowshoes, trekking poles or backcountry ski gear for the approach.Instructors will be able to preview this route as a possible practice area for the ASC Basic Skills Session and Elective Scrambles. We may reschedule the date and location if conditions are unfavorable or pick an alternate location.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Saturday, 5/11/2019, Hewlett Gulch

Hewlett Gulch is a wide-open gulch running north in a gentle incline from the Poudre River. We will have many stream crossings and in the spring there is often considerable water in it, We will walk about three miles up the gulch passing some ruins, and mine/tailings before returning. We will enjoy the spring flowers, views and the day. To register email the leader dec5018@comcast.net.

Leader: Don Carpenter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Thursday, 5/16/2019, Alpine Scrambling Course, Ft Collins Group, Workshop 2

2019 Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC), Fort Collins GroupWorkshop 2 is an evening session of the ASC. To participate you must be registered for the course.The ASC Program consists of two parts:(1) ASC CourseWorkshop 1: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBAWorkshop 2: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 1: Saturday, May 18, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Location: TBAAlternate Basic Skills Session in case of bad weather: Sunday, May 19 and Sunday, June 2You must be registered for ASC to participate in the workshops, the Basic Skills session, and the Elective Scrambles. To register, do to the registration announcement listed on 4/15/2019.(2) Elective ScramblesThroughout the summer, students who successfully complete the course portion have the opportunity to participate on Elective Scrambles. Successful completion of at least three, each progressively more challenging, Elective Scrambles is required for the student to complete the ASC Program.Course objectives* Improve your ability to move more confidently, securely, and efficiently on alpine scrambling terrain.* Improve your ability to manage exposure.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Pace: Moderate
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Saturday, 5/18/2019, Alpine Scrambling Course Basic Skills Session 1

2019 Alpine Scrambling Course, Basic Skills SessionYou must be registered for ASC to participate in the workshops, the Basic Skills Sessions, and the Elective Scrambles. To register, see the registration announcement listed in the CMC classes calendar on 4/15/2019.The ASC Program consists of two parts:(1) ASC CourseWorkshop 1: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBAWorkshop 2: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 1: Saturday, May 18, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Location: TBAAlternate Basic Skills Session in case of bad weather: Sunday, May 19 and Sunday, June 2(2) Elective ScramblesThroughout the summer, students who successfully complete the course portion have the opportunity to participate on Elective Scrambles. Successful completion of at least three, each progressively more challenging, Elective Scrambles is required for the student to complete the ASC Program.The Basic Skills Session is an all day field trip conducted in small groups. It consists of both reviews and new skills development:* Mountain travel skills* Hazard identification* Route finding* Risk management* Soft snow climbing techniques* Scrambling techniques on rock* Managing emergency situations* Roped climbing practice* Crampon use - optional* Debrief

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 5/22/2019, Monthly Meeting--Continental Divide Trail

Join the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for a lively evening with Morgan Dzak, ambassador for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, as she shares her adventures last summer while hiking through New Mexico and Colorado on the CDT. Enjoy some tap room brews and snacks beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by Morgan's presentation at 7:15 p.m., and learn what the Continental Divide Trail Coalition is doing to help preserve this national treasure.

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Saturday, 6/1/2019, Alpine Scrambling Course Basic Skills Session 2

2019 Alpine Scrambling Course, Basic Skills SessionYou must be registered for ASC to participate in the workshops, the Basic Skills Sessions, and the Elective Scrambles. To register, see the registration announcement listed in the CMC classes calendar on 4/15/2019.The ASC Program consists of two parts:(1) ASC CourseWorkshop 1: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBAWorkshop 2: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 1: Saturday, May 18, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Location: TBABasic Skills Session 2: Saturday, June 1, 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Location: TBAAlternate Basic Skills Session in case of bad weather: Sunday, May 19 and Sunday, June 2(2) Elective ScramblesThroughout the summer, students who successfully complete the course portion have the opportunity to participate on Elective Scrambles. Successful completion of at least three, each progressively more challenging, Elective Scrambles is required for the student to complete the ASC Program.The Basic Skills Session is an all day field trip conducted in small groups. It consists of both reviews and new skills development:* Mountain travel skills* Hazard identification* Route finding* Risk management* Soft snow climbing techniques* Scrambling techniques on rock* Managing emergency situations* Roped climbing practice* Crampon use - optional* Debrief

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 6/2/2019, Queens Way Couloir, Apache Peak ASC Fort Collins Climb

We will be climbing Queens Way Couloir on Apache Peak. This is a moderate snow route that with a moderate pace can be done in a half day. As the date approaches, decisions on the gear to bring to deal with the snow pack will be decided. Currently the road to the Long Lake Trailhead is slated to open in late June. This means we will most likely be adding 2 miles (4 Round Trip) to our day.  Snowshoes or AT skis will most likely be needed. However, no matter the method of travel we will be together from TH to TH, unless accompanied by a leader. I am attaching the mountain project link below: https://www.mountainproject.com/route/106639524/queens-way

Leader: Zach Eiten
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,950 ft.
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Wednesday, 6/19/2019, Annual Picnic

Let's enjoy summertime together with a fun picnic and barbeque together! Yummy burgers, brats, veggie burgers, plates, plasticware, and drinks are provided. Bring your favorite dish to share!

Leader: Anita Wright
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Sunday, 6/23/2019, ASC Vedauwoo Alpine Scrambling Course

This is an easy field trip of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins). The group will meet in Fort Collins and carpool to the Vedauwoo Climbing area. We will take a short walk into the canyon surrounded by Turtle Rock. Here Senior Instructor Erin Bohler and Assitant Scott Farquhar will discuss with students possible Class 3 scrambles from the canyon floor to the top of Turtle Rock. The group will then pick routes and attempt to scramble up to the summit in two or three locations. For this trip the intent is to climb without the use of rope. However, the instructors will have a "short rope" available in case it is required ..... ok, one of the young/strong participants my be asked to carry it :-)Recommended gear:Light mountaineering boots or Approch ShoesHelmetSeat harnessDaypack with lunch, snacks, water or drinkMountain hiking clothing appropriate for the season, altitude, weather. Include rain gear.Gloves, hat 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 6/29/2019, Mt Sopris, 12,953' Snow Climb/Ski Descent

Mt Sopris provides an early season snow climb that can be combined with a ski descent. We plan to do this climb as a 2-day trip with a backcountry camp near Thomas Lakes. the climbing and descent route ids the Thomas Lakes Bowl. The length of the approach will depend on the extent of the Spring and early summer melt-off. Hence, we will need to review plans and adjust them, depending on the remaining snowpack. Although it is possible to use snowshoes for the approac, backcountry ski gear is recommended.DriveDrive to the Thomas Lakes TH. Leader will provide driving directions prior to the trip dates. The winter closure is at a switchback below Prince Creek Divide. During spring snow season, the road may be open another 0.5 mi to the Prince Creek Divide (8,110'). For the late spring/summer trailhead: At Prince Creek Divide, take a left (S) on Dinkle Lake Rd (FS Road 6A) and follow Dinkle Lake Rd 2.1 mi to another divide, the Dinkle Lake Divide (8,640').Approach to Thomas LakesThe description applies with significant snow cover. Later in the season, a trail is easier to follow. From the Prince Creek Divide (8,110'), follow the (snowcovered?) Dinkle Lake Rd S, then E, to Dinkle Lake Divide (summer TH).Look for the FS trailhead signs a few hundred feet S of the road. The trail startsup an obvious cut behind these signs.Follow the old roadcut as it makes a long climbing traverse W, the switchbacks and climbs E to pass around a shoulder at 9,200'. Stick with the obvious roadcut for a few hundred yards. When the roadcut swings E (left), leave the roads and climb 1/8 mi directly up the shoulderat an open area. The little detour avoids taking the roadcut around a long and inefficient traverse. Once you've arrived on the shelf (9,580'), you must locate the trail-cut through the aspen forest.Once you find the trail, follow it through aspen and conifer to another open area at 10,000'. Two routes work for the remainder of the approach:(1) Continue up a small gulchto the vicinity of the lower (northern) lake (10,200').(2) Swing S and climb through timer to the upper (southern) lake (10,260').Be careful to select a camp site not exposed to avalanches or weather.Climb, Thomas Lakes Bowl, Moderate Snow, 35 degreesFrom the W side of the upper (southern) lake, head up the left (S)side of an obvious bowl. At 11,100', trend to the right (N) and climb a final wide couloir to a major saddle (12,300') that separates the lower E subsidiary summit from the main E summit. Take the wide ridge 1/2 mi NW to the E main summit. Avoid the cornices. The W main summit has equal elevation and is reached via a snow ridge.DescentDescend the ascent route or drop into the bowl from a point a few hundred yards dow the ridge from the E summit.Descriptionshttps://www.summitpost.org/mount-sopris/routes/p-150233

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4600
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Saturday, 6/29/2019, Mt Sopris, 12,953' Alpine Scrambling Course, Elective Scramble

This is an optional field trip for Alpine Scrambling Course participants. Although it is possible to do the approach on snowshoes, backcountry skis would be preferable. For details, look at the description of this climb as a ski tour on the same date. Class 3, moderate snow, minimal exposure. Alpine Scrambling Course participants are given preference on this trip. Other qualified participant may be admitted if there is space.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4600
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Saturday, 7/13/2019, Little Pawnee Pk, 12,466' ASC Elective Scramble (Fort Collins)

Little Pawnee Peak, 12,466’East Ridge, Class 3From Long Lake Trailhead: 6.0 miles, 1,970’This is an easy field trip of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins), The date scheduled depends on the opening date of the upper portion of the Brainard Lake Road. If the road does not open in time, the trip will be rescheduled.Long Lake TrailheadThis trailhead is at 10,500’ and provides access to the Pawnee Pass Trail and the Isabelle Glacier Trail. The trailhead is W of Colorado 72 (Peak to Peak Highway) and can be reached from the N or S. For the northern approach, go S 10.2 miles on Colorado 72 from its junction with Colorado 7. Turn W on Brainard Lake Rd and go 4.9 miles to Brainard Lake. Go 0.4 miles on the N side of the lake to a junction with signs to both Long Lake and Mitchell Lake trailheads. At the junction, turn left and continue 0.4 mile to the trailheads. Early in June, the Brainard Lake Road is usually closed at the winter trailhead about 2 miles E of the lake. After the road opens, the Long Lake trailhead is the most popular trailhead in the Indian Peaks so fills up quickly. You need to be there early to get a spot.Route DescriptionLittle Pawnee can be climbed most easily by leaving the Pawnee Pass Trail near the W end of Long Lake and bushwhacking N to the ridge crest 1.0 mile E of the summit at 11,450’. Follow the broad ridge W and then NW over tundra and rock and talus blocks. The ridge narrows as you approach the summit and there is occasional moderate exposure. Partway along the upper portion of the ridge you encounter a notch. Do a class 3 scramble down into the notch. The exposure here is modest. This is a place where a rope belay may provide added security for beginning scramblers. Then enjoy the class 3 summit pitch with occasional moderate exposure.Retrace the ascent route for the descent. Alternative approaches and descents can be made from the Pawnee Pass Trail just after the fork near Lake Isabelle or from near Mitchell Lake to the E Ridge.https://www.summitpost.org/little-pawnee-peak/151993Recommended gear:Light mountaineering bootsHelmetSeat harnessAdditional recommended ASC gearIf there is significant snow on the route: ice ax, gaitersDaypack with lunch, snacks, water or drinkMountain hiking clothing appropriate for the season, altitude, weather. Include rain gear.Gloves, hatMap: USGS Ward, Colo, Trails Illustrated #102

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 7/17/2019, Fort Collins Council Meeting

Open meeting, all members welcome!  

Leader: Gordan Thibedeau
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Saturday, 7/27/2019, West Apostle, 13,568' ASC Elective Scramble

West Apostle, 13,568', is Ice Mountain's western neighbor and makes for a mellow and less strenuous climb. W Apostle has a variety of scrambling routes with moderate routefinding challenges to choose from. Depending on conditions, it could include a moderate snow climb and class 3 scrambling with occasional moderate exposure. This is a 2-day backpacking trip with an overnight backcountry camp.Drive to S Winfield trailheadTurn W from highway 24 onto Chaffee County Rd 390 (gravel). This junction is 14.9 mi N of the stoplight in the center of Buena Vista and 4.3 mi S of the junctions of highways 24 and 82. Drive 11.8 mi W on Chaffee County 390 to Winfield. from the center of Winfield, turn S (left) across a bridge. Go 0.3 mi W on South Fork Clear Ck Rd to the 2WD trailhead at 10,260'.4WD vehicles can continue 2 mi further to the Forest Service closure at 10,600'. Start times are calculated assuming the 4WD vehicles are available for all participants. if that is not the case, start times must be moved forward by an hour.Approach 1From the 4WD trailhead, hike 0.6 mi SE on the Lake Ann Trail to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at 10,680'. Continue 0.6 mi to the Hamilton townsite and a trail junction at 10,820'. Pass Hamilton, cross to the W side of South Fork Clear Creek on the Lake Ann Trail. then leave the Lake Ann Trail and turn S on the Three Apostles Trail. Hike 0.2 mi SSE, cross the side creek coming from Lake Ann. Hike 1 mile SSE to 11,400' below the Three Apostles. Set up camp. Provides access to: Apostle Couloir, E Ridge, N Ridge.Approach 2Follow approach route 1 to the Hamilton town site. Stay on the Lake Ann trail and hike 1.8 mi SSW to Lake Ann at 11,509'. Set up camp near the lake, Provides access to W Ridge, alternate access to the N Ridge.W Ridge, Class 2+Hike 0.2 mi E around Lake Ann's N side ESE to a 12,380' saddle on a small ridge running N from the Continental Divide. climb 0.3 mi S up a rounded, rocky ridge, and reach the W Ridge at 13,100' (Class 2+). climb 0.25 mi E along the Continental Divide to a 13,540' false summit (Class 2). From the false summit, climb E on the ridge for 50 yards, descend 50' to the S, climb E on a ledge then climb NE to the summit. Occasional modest exposure.Apostle Couloir, Class 3, Moderate SnowFrom the Approach 1 camp, climb 0.6 mi SSE along a rock glacier's W side to 12,400'. climb 0.2 mi SSE up a steepening but moderate snow couloir to the 13,060 saddle between W Apostle and Ice Mtn. This couloir is the eastern-most (left) of several choices and normally holds snow into August.E Ridge, Class 3This route starts at the 13,060' saddle between W Apostle and Ice Mtn. The climb from the saddle requires careful routefinding on loose rock. The climbing is mostly Class 2+ interspersed with occasional steeper Class 3 sections. Finish by traversing on a ledge on the S side of the summit. Occasional modest exposureN Ridge, Class 3+From Approach 1 camp, climm SSW to a small saddle below W Apostle's N Ridge. There will be a small lake below you to the W. This small lake can also be reached from the Approach 2 camp. Stay on or near the N Ridge to the summit. The climbing is Class 3 with occasional moderate exposure.DescentReverse one of the routes described above.Descriptionshttps://www.summitpost.org/west-apostle/154570

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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