Ascent of Mount Evans on 2008-08-09

Climber: Luke Mullen

Others in Party:Aaron
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

After spending about 20 minutes on top of Bierstadt, we started downclimbing the northern ridge down to about 13,200'. Clouds started rolling in and it looked like a thunderstorm was inevitable, but we couldn't stop since we had to get over Evans to get back to the truck. Thanks to the many cairns we were able to pick our way over the rocks and around The Sawtooth, and evenutally up to the gentle slopes to the north of Evans' summit. About a mile of open country walking (a relief after hours of scrambling) lead us to the pile of rocks surrounding the top. The clouds were really thickening and a few bolts of lighting chased us to seek refuge under an overhanging rock. Since we were so close to the summit, we decided to leave our shelter and deal with the rain. We reached the top at about 4:45, right when the storm was really getting nasty. It was an exhausting day, but well worth the effort. I would suggest this combo route for the challenge it offers, as well as the lack of crowds. We only came across other hikers at the summit of Bierstadt, and of course the people driving up Evans.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2864 ft / 872 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2864 ft / 872 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2864 ft / 872 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 964 ft / 294 m; Extra: 1900 ft / 579m
    Loss on way in:1900 ft / 579 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:The Sawtooth
    Start Trailhead:Mount Evans Road  13300 ft / 4053 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:964 ft / 293 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Mount Evans Road
    End Trailhead:Mount Evans Road  13300 ft / 4053 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Bierstadt-Evans

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Bierstadt2008-08-092460 ft / 750 m
2Mount Evans2008-08-092864 ft / 873 m
Total Trip Gain: 5324 ft / 1623 m    Total Trip Loss: 5324 ft / 1623 m

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