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Ascent of Mount Evans on 2014-09-21

Climber: Shane Kramer

Others in Party:Jade Kramer
Date:Sunday, September 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Accidentally took this route instead of the Northeast face route, along with my daughter in dense fog/cloud cover/rain. Park ranger sent us in the wrong direction and I was unprepared and did not have my bearings do to the weather, compass issue on my watch, and lack of Topo. Many other people up there had the same issues, heading off West from Spalding and wandering around in the fog looking for Cairns. We actually almost summitted twice, because we could not find cairns in the saddle between Spalding and Evans due to the fog, and thought it might be easiest to summit again and wander around until we found the road. West Ridge via Mt. Spaldin
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3014 ft / 917 m
    Extra Gain:800 ft / 243 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:West Ridge Via Mt Spalding
    Trailhead:Summit Lake parking area  12850 ft / 3916 m
    Grade/Class:Class2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Breezy, White-out
Nasty, cold, wet, and impossible to see past about 100 feet.
Ascent Part of Trip: Evans

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Spalding2014-09-211092 ft / 333 m
2Mount Evans2014-09-213014 ft / 919 m
Total Trip Gain: 4106 ft / 1252 m    Total Trip Loss: 4106 ft / 1252 m



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