Wednesday, 7/17/2019, Fort Collins Council Meeting

Open meeting, all members welcome!  

Leader: Gordan Thibedeau
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Friday, 7/19/2019, Lake Agnes Bike n Hike - DATE CHANGED

We will begin this trip at the trailhead on top of Cameron Pass. We can gear up in the parking lot at the Cameron Pass trailhead, cross highway 14 and begin trip on Michigan Ditch road. We will cycle up Michigan Ditch road for 7.5 miles to the end of the road. This is a well maintained flat dirt road with virtually no elevation gain or loss. We will have very nice views of Iron Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Lulu Mountain to the south. And North and South Diamond Peaks to the north. We should also have beautiful views of the Crags as we cycle around their base. After cycling about 7.5 miles, we will come to the end of the road where we will stash our bikes and begin the short but steep hike to Lake Agnes. At Lake Agnes we will have a lunch break and depending on the conditions, hike alittle along the lake. We should have excellent views of the Crags and Mount Mahler. I believe we should also have views of Braddock Peak and Mt. Richtofen. For those who wish, a little flyfishing could also be done. We will then back to our bikes and cycle the 7.5 miles back to the cars.

Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 15, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 7/20/2019, Static-Richthofen Traverse (ASC Elective Scramble)

 This is an elective trip for the 2019 Fort Collins Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC).  Non-students are welcome but ASC students will be given sign-up preference.  The trip will be led be Erin Bohler (ASC Instructor) and Steve Dielman (Asst. Instructor and Trip Leader).

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400
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Saturday, 7/20/2019, Bluebird Lake RMNP


Leader: Amy Parker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,478
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Sunday, 7/21/2019, Pacific Peak, ASC Elective Scramble Alpine Scrambling Course

The group will start at the North McCullough Gulch Trailhead and climb the east ridge of Pacific Peak and decend the south-east slope. The trip is decribed (as a Classic) in Gerry Roach's "Colorado's Thirteeners, from HIkes to Climbs" in in The Colorado Mountain Club Guidebook "Colorado Scrambles, Climbs Beyond the Beaten Path". The trip leaders will NOT be scouting the trip, so expect an "adventure". The trip will include bushwacking, a mile of jolly scrambling (Gerry's words), a bit of knife edge, and a possible snow decent. At best the route will include quite a bit of Class 2+ scrambling and depending on our route may also include lots of Class 3 scrambling, so please be forwarned. I will provide a more detailed description to participants before the trip. Recommended gear:Light mountaineering boots, cramponsHelmetSeat harness/carabiners (at least one locking and 1-2 non-locking)Ice ax, gaitersDaypack with lunch, snacks, water or drink (at least 2 liters)Mountain hiking clothing appropriate for the season, altitude, weather. Include rain gear.Gloves, hat, headlamp

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3350
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Thursday, 7/25/2019, Loveland Bike Loop 30 miles


Leader: Carolyn Hammond
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 30, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600 ft
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Saturday, 7/27/2019, Tour de Abyss - Alpine Scrambing Elective Alpine Scrambling Course Field Trip

The Tour de Abyss is decribed in Gerry Roach's guide "Colorado's Fourteeners From Hikes to Climbs. It includes the Mount Bierstadt East Ridge "Classic" and the Sawtooth "Classic" that climbs from Bierstadt to Mount Evans. As suggested in write ups in trip reports posted on 14ers.com the group will start the hike at the parking lot on the summit of Mount Evans.From the lot we will decend down the road to a switchback at 13,300 ft. From the road we will hike south to the low point of the Evans-Epaulet saddle, then descend west down a scree gully to Scott Gomer Creek. The group will then hike west across the valley near a small unnamed lake then climb west up to reach Bierstadt's east ridge. On the ridge the group will Class 3 scramble to a grassy ledge and continue to scramble up the east side of Point 13,641. After "summiting" the group will Class 3 scramble down the west side of 13,641 and continue on the east ridge to the summit of Bierstadt. NOTE the class 3 scrambles on Point 13,641 do involve some exposure.  From Bierstadt we will decend to a saddle between Bierstadt and the Sawtooth. The group will Class 3 scramble along the Sawtooth starting on the east side and Class 3 scramble to the west side above a grass and rock studded gully. Once past the Sawtooth will hike across open slopes to the west ridge of Mount Evans. We will asend the ridge to return to the hordes on the summit.Recommended gear:Light mountaineering bootsHelmetSeat harnessIf 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, hat 

Leader: Erin Bohler
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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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/154570Map: USGS WinfieldGear:Light mountaineering bootsHelmetSeat harness2 locking carabiners60 cm and 120 cm sewn slingsIce axCramponsBack

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 8/3/2019, Torreys Peak via Kelso Ridge (Fort Collins ASC Elective Trip) - Rescheduled

From the Stevens Gulch TH, we will hike the Grays Peak Trail for two miles where we will leave the Grays Peak trail and climb about 200 yards northwest to the saddle connecting Kelso Mountain and Torreys Peak, at approximately 12,300’.  From the saddle we will turn west and scramble the class 3 ridge to Torreys Peak.  We will descend on the trail connecting Torreys with Grays Peak and return via the Grays Peak Trail

Leader: Brad Warren
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 7.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 8/9/2019, Lion Lake 1,2, and Snowbank hike in Wild Basin, RMNP

We will start at the Wild Basin TH and the Thunder lake Trail .We will then take a short cut up the Campsite Trail that leads to several backcounrty sites and then we will rejoin the Thunder Lake Trail. From the Thunder Lake Trail we will follow the Lion Lake Trail northwest as it rises steeply in the heart of the Wild Basin. The trail meanders through the forest and marsh for 1.75 miles to Lion Lake 1.Then on to Lion lake2- a small tarn that lies on a shelf above Lion Lake1. Fom here you can see the southern face of Chiefs Head Peak. A faint trail pushes beyond the lake toward Trio Falls and Lion Lake2. Our final lake to ascend is Snowbank Lake at 11,521'. The pristine alpine lake is surrounded by short granite walls and lies on a shelf slightly higher than the bench that holds Lion Lake2. The lake lies directly east of the saddle between Mt. Alice and Chiefs Head Peak,

Leader: Amy Parker
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,021
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Saturday, 8/10/2019, Little Matterhorn, 11,586', ASC Elective Scramble, SW Ridge, Class 3-4

This peak is the lowest climb described in Gerry Roach’s “Rocky Mountain National Park Classic Hikes and Climbs”. However, as Dan Gayton would always say about this peak, “it has a summit you won’t want to leave and an approach you’ll never forget”.From the Bear Lake trailhead in RMNP, we’ll hike to Lake Helene. From there we will descend down past Grace Falls and then bushwhack and hike off-trail up to the southwest ridge. The ridge crest is blocky and extremely exposed. We will work northeast along the ridge, scrambling through lots of Class 3 and probably a bit of Class 4 terrain, out to the spectacular summit. Return by reversing the route. Net elevation gain is about 2400 feet.Note: This is a field trip of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins). ASC students will be given priority for this trip.  If you are not an ASC student you will be placed on the Wait List

Leader: Dean Allison
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Friday, 8/16/2019, Coxcomb, 13,656'

Day 1: Drive to one of two possible trailheads and backpack to a backcountry camp. Both trailheads are accessible for 2WD vehicles.Day 2: Approach to the start of the technical climbing route on the S side of Coxcomb. The technical portions of the route are described below. Return to camp.Day 3: Pack up camp, backpack to the trailhead, and drive home.Preference is given to participants willing to adhere to this 3-day timetable.Approach, climb, and descent will be casual to moderately paced.Approaches(a) Cimarron West Fork. Drive to the West Fork trailhead near Owl Ck Pass at about 10,400'. With a 4WD vehicle, one may be able to drove a bit further, depending on the condition of the 4WD road and a stream crossing. Backpack up the Wetterhorn Basin Trail to camp at about 11,500'. From camp, climb to the 12,500' pass W of Coxcomb. Lose about 400' of elevation and contour to the start of the climb on the S side of Coxcomb.(b) Cimarron Middle Fork. drive to the Middle Fork trailhead at about 10,000'. Backpack up the Middle Fork Trail about 4 miles to camp at about 11,500'. from camp, take the Coxcomb Trail to Coxcomb Pass at about 12,900', Contour around the S side of Coxcomb to the start of the technical route. This may involve loosing about 200' and regaining it on the way back.Technical Route Sections* 4th class climb from the bottom of the SW side of the summit block to an alcove. This class 4 step over a detached block was obliterated by a rockfall about 2 years ago and may well have changed from available route descriptions.* Scramble to the base of a chimney.* Low 5th class climb of the chimney.* Scramble along the top of the exposed ridge to a notch.* Rappel into the notch. Leave the rope for the return.* 4th class climb of opposite side of the notch.* Walk the narrow and exposed ridge to the summit.* Return requires re-climbing the mid 5th class step that you rappelled, use the toprope that you left.* Rappel the chimney from anchors (may need to construct). 2 ropes may simplify the rappel.Route description: https://www.merelyafleshwound.com/mountaineering/san-juan-range/coxcomb/You may want to take a look at a CMC climb of Coxcomb in Sept 2000: http://climber.org/reports/2000/578.htmlThis is not a light and fast scramble, we will use trad technical mountaineering methods and gear.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Friday, 8/16/2019, Volunteer Leadership Conference - Golden

Refer to the State CMC website for details and registration.https://www.cmc.org/EventDetails.aspx?ID=46847

Leader: Don Carpenter
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 1
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Saturday, 8/24/2019, La Plata Peak Ellingwood Ridge ASC Elective Scramble

This is an elective trip for the 2019 Fort Collins Alpine Scrambling Course (ASC).  Qualified non-students will be allowed if space is available but ASC students will be given preference.  

Leader: John Wullschleger
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5,000'
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Wednesday, 10/16/2019, Fort Collins Council Meeting

Open meeting, all members welcome!  

Leader: Gordan Thibedeau
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