Ascent of Mount Silverheels on 2013-09-27

Climber: Chris Jaquet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Silverheels
    Elevation:13822 ft / 4212 m

Ascent Trip Report

En route to Denver truck camped near Scott Creek trailhead on Thursday night, got up at 4 AM and was hiking by 4:30. I was up high in Scott Creek basin by 5 AM and decided to walk the Continental divide over to the peak instead of following contour through the basin.

On the great divide at 5:30 AM by yourself is a magical place to be. I aborted staying on the divide all the way to Silverheels because I knew it would put me on the north face, not near the NW ridge which was my intended route. I was pleasantly warm until I got to the summit (right at sunrise to!). Then the wind really picked up and it was freezing, I barely had the gumption (or desire to remove my hands from my gloves )to sign the summit register. After taking in the view from above the clouds and calling my wife, I turned and headed back down the NW ridge route, feeling like shit due to the cold and exertion I had to stop and sit down once but continued on until I was in the meadow below hearbreak hill where it was warmer and more suited to taking a break and eating some food. Back at the truck by 10:30, in Denver at 1PM. a great climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2500 ft / 762 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
    Loss on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route:NW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Meadow above scott creek trailhead  
Descent Statistics

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