Ascent of Taylor Mountain on 1993-07-05
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, July 5, 1993|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||13651 ft / 4160 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSunday-Monday. I sought to find somewhere in the Sawatch Range where I could climb three mountains in one trip. I decided to try Taylor Mtn, Mt. Aetna and unnamed 13147'.
I drove down to Poncha Springs and scouted out my "trailhead" on the North Fork South Arkansas R. Then I went back to Poncha Springs to look around and spend the night. I discovered on E. US 50, east side of Poncha Springs, a Texaco Truch Stop that would have helped on so many return trips from Gunnison. It rained overnight and the next morning I found half-inch of snow on the mountains. I crossed the North Fork on a log and bushwhacked my way up into Hunkydory Gulch. Once up to it I headed left, gained the east ridge of Taylor Mtn near the side with Missouri Hill. I climbed Taylor Mtn, 13651 ft., and Mt. Aetna, 13745 ft. I met another person going the other way near the top of Mt. Aetna.
Both mountains had interesting tops. There was a strong constant cold wind from the southwest. I continued west until I could drop down to North Fork Reservoir/Campground, but decided to skip ascending unnamed 13147: too far, too cold and it doesn't descend well to the north.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3451 ft / 1051 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3451 ft / 1051 m|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy|
| Gain on way in:||2911 ft / 887 m|
| Route:||Up Hunkydory Gulch, then to east ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||unimproved road N. Fork S. Arkansas River 10740 ft / 3273 m|
| Loss on way out:||3451 ft / 1051 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2911 ft / 887 m; Extra: 540 ft / 164m|
| Gain on way out:||540 ft / 164 m|
| Route:||Over to Aetna First,|
| End Trailhead:||same as start point 10740 ft / 3273 m|
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