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Ascent of Mount Spalding on 2012-09-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Spalding
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13842 ft / 4219 m

Ascent Trip Report

The northern side of the Summit Lake cirque is steep and spectacular. Of course, the 14ers that are not cluttered with parking lots and paving are not as beautiful as those in the wilderness but then again, it is good to have easy to access opportunites to the mountains and this is certainly an easy to access place and heavily used at this time of the year.

The most remarkable memmory of this climb was when we were passed by three Austrian/Germans. We had climbed up a class 1+ to 2 section of trail and we were at about 13,600 feet when all of a sudden we heard the voices of three German speaking men scrambling up the side of a wall (off trail) wearing blazers and work shoes. Work shoes? I guess they were at work or somewhere and descided to just try out an American mountain to compare to those back at home in the Alps. By now, K and I were breathing pretty hard and my pulse was up to 110 and hers was at 160. 13 hours in Denver and we have a lot more acclimating to do!

The peak is nice and affords great views of Evans and of Beirstadt. Beirstadt is impressive as a sharp pointed pyramid in the distance. You could see Gray and Torreys in the background. K was doing fine. Slow but steady. She said, "I know I can make it - let's do Evans."

So around the cirque we traveled and we would see how she liked her first 14er.
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The summit of Mount Spalding 13,482 feet on traverse around cirque to reach Mount Evans showing TH & parking lot behind lake and Mount Warren in the background (2012-09-08). Photo by William Musser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:966 ft / 294 m
    Total Elevation Loss:82 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:966 ft / 294 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Mount Spaulding East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Summit Lake Pass  12876 ft / 3924 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:82 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Abyss Lake cirque ridge trail
    End Trailhead:Mount Spaulding Col  13760 ft / 4194 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Evans-Bierstadt

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Warren2012-09-08 a620 ft / 189 m
2Mount Spalding2012-09-08 b966 ft / 294 m
3Mount Evans2012-09-08 c824 ft / 251 m
4Mount Bierstadt2012-09-092939 ft / 896 m
Total Trip Gain: 5349 ft / 1630 m    Total Trip Loss: 5169 ft / 1576 m



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