Nice weather in December, you can’t pass up the opportunity to get outside and do something. Alexis, John Lee, and I drove up to pilot after a nice and slow start to the day. The Sun was shining and temps were rising, so we had a nice day ahead of us.
The Mountains of the East Coast are a different beast compared to the West. When you hike, climb, or doing anything outside in the east, weather is going to smack you down. It held true in the Presidential (home to the worst weather in America).
Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak
I had finally convinced Ben to climb the Ellingwood Arête up the Crestone Needle, and so we went the first Sunady in August. We left the Springs early and drove down to the South Colony trailhead on Friday. We 4×4-ed to the new lower 4-wheel drive trailhead and were on the hike up by 6pm, slogging along the old 4×4 path. We made camp above the Lower South Colony Lake in a grassy patch and settled in for a nights rest before an AM start.
Late July, I convinced Derek to finally hike a 14er with me. We drove up in the pouring rain to the Grays Trailhead. The Blazer powered through some steep rutted 4×4 roads, after watching a Subaru burn through its clutch. Two and a half hours after leaving the house we were at the trailhead and settled in for a quick nap in the back of the blazer until 3:30am.
Finally the weather in Colorado turned in the right direction for the climbing season. This weekend in April, a bunch of fun dudes got together to climb the granite walls of clear creek. It was less about being hardmen, than it was about having a blast on rock. Continue reading “Clear Creek and Der Zerkle Climbing”