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Ascent of Alderfer Hill on 2020-01-09

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Alderfer Hill
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7902 ft / 2408 m

Ascent Trip Report

I like to report other routes when I find them and they are interesting. Today I basically headed west bushwhacking along the mountain ridge that comprises the Brother and this feature and there is a lot of nice bouldering and scrambling walls so I climbed up interesting class 3 and 3+ features avoiding too dangerous material although I did climb up one class 4 wall and got cliffed out and had to decline, and kept heading west till the big class 5 walls that encircle Alderfer Hill. It is funny to think of this feature as a "hill" because as with all of the fine pinnacles in this park there is a lot of rock climbing, scrambling, and bouldering material all around it.

Once passing the large vertical wall (hiking along the base of it) I rediscovered the route I had downclimbed before on 12-08-2019 that takes you through a large chock stone and makes a nifty cave. On the GPS track you can see the many exploratory routes I tried in this area before I found the one in my solo "up-climbing" comfort zone. I started on some class 4/5 but eventually found what I would call a fun exposed class 3+ (perhaps 4) route on fine rock to get me under the chock stone and then a sketchy slab I have down-climbed before but today I found an interesting seam/cave-like exit that was fun as it was like being a large groundhog popping my head out and having to stem my body out onto the wooded plateau as such - this again was not the common way up this "hill" but it was quite enjoyable from a aesthetic and climbing perspective so I am logging it for future reference when my sons/friends want a more interesting way up this feature. I will note that for those that come up or down this feature from other than the easy class 2 bushwhack from the north and NW (where there is no climbing) there is a very obvious weakness in the rocks even further than this track north of where I came up. I do not document that route as it is obvious and used enough that you see footprints and that class 3 route is easy enough that I have taken my dog up and down that one before. This one would not be possible for my dog.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:557 ft / 169 m
    Total Elevation Loss:125 ft / 37 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+,3,3+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cold
22F but little snow on ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:542 ft / 165 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 432 ft / 132 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:see GPS track but found interesting scramble climb
    Start Trailhead:Paved parking off Buffalo  7470 ft / 2276 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:see GPS track
Ascent Part of Trip: Evergreen-52

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Alderfer Hill2020-01-09 a557 ft / 170 m
2Three Sisters-North Peak2020-01-09 b290 ft / 88 m
Total Trip Gain: 847 ft / 258 m    Total Trip Loss: 215 ft / 65 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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