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Monarch Pass recon works out

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Gary Neben
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Monarch Pass recon works out

Peaks: Mount Peck 12208, 12195 (Pahlone Peak Quad), Pahlone Peak 12667, Peel Point 12145

Dates: 12/08/2017


Post by Gary Neben » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:08 pm


Start/End Loc: Monarch Pass
Distance/Elevation: 14.6 miles RT/4850 feet elevation gain

Time for my winter gear shake-out trip. Although not technically winter, it’s certainly time to fully changeover any fall holdout gear to its winterized versions. Five degrees sleeping in my truck and 8 degrees at the start - yea, it’s cold up here.

Even though we’ve had a very light snow year so far in Colorado you just never know how things are going to work out. I was at Monarch Pass late afternoon the day before so I was able to recon the area. The ridges looked good, not much snow, so one of my options from the Pass looked like a go for tomorrow. I was purposely looking for hiking along the Divide or its western sides as I figured any wind-blown snow would hamper approaches from the east. Again, hard to tell from the couch with this weird snow year we’re having.

Things went well but the day’s mileage turned out to be a little harder than I wanted. Snow drifts in a few places were energy sappers. I wasn’t sure I was going to tack on Pahlone when I started because of its aspect from 12195, but arriving at 12195 I could see the long 2 mile ridge was mostly bare. The crux of the day, though, was hidden just N of 12195 to “gain” the 12195 - Pahlone saddle. Here there was ¼ mile of knee deep unconsolidated snow in the trees that made me pay for today’s fun.

All in all it was a beautiful day after the cold start, I visited several new peaks, and I reacquainted myself with my winter gear.
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Re: Monarch Pass recon works out

Post by Beauvais Jeanmard » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:24 pm


I took the tram to the point above the pass once, I count that as an ascent! :lol:

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Re: Monarch Pass recon works out

Post by Gary Neben » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:45 pm


Yep, you did another peak that I didn't - that ranked 11er that's there. :)

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