Mt. Princeton

On Saturday, I climbed Mt. Princeton with my trusty climbing partner Maddy. This marks the last 14er of the Sawatch Range for me. My other trusty climbing partner, and wife, was out in Washington helping celebrate her Mom’s birthday. There was a really nice weather window for the weekend, so I figured I better take advantage of it and get further ahead of Linnea. I always like to sleep at the trailheads the previous night, so on Friday night I made the drive over. Well, things didn’t go as planned due to a road closure near Kenosha Pass and I didn’t make it to the trail head until 1:00a.

I took the standard route, the East Slopes, to the summit and started from the lower trailhead to 8,900′ (13 miles round-trip and 5,400′ elevation gain to 14,197′). I was hoping to get some skiing in too and skinned in the first 4.5 miles, mostly up a wind-drifted 4×4 road. From there the trail traversed below a 13er (Tigger Peak). The original plan had been to use the skis here, but the conditions just didn’t allow for it. This is where the ‘real fun’ started and for the rest of they day I was punching through wind-crusted snow and big rocks in ski boots. A couple times, I had to cross a couple a really nasty gullys which didn’t have much for foot holds between punching through nasty snow and big, hidden rocks underneath. Finally, I made it to the connecting ridge and just barely had enough left in the tank for the final 0.7 miles and 1,000′ to the top. After, getting tricked by a false summit, I finally reached the top and made a quick call to Linnea while Maddy took a snooze. This ended up being much more difficult then I anticipated and was very long day (7a-6p). To say the least, I was beat tired. Surprisingly–or maybe not so much, nobody else was up there (besides somebody on Tigger Peak), and I think things would have gone faster if there were a couple people breaking trail. Now that I’m done with the Sawatch, it’s time to shift focus to some of the more difficult 14ers.

Some photos and Summit Video:

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One thought on “Mt. Princeton

  • March 4, 2013 at 8:16 am
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    Thanks for beautiful pics and video. It sounded on the video that you had a fair amount of wind. Maddy looked just as tired, or more, than you. I wondered what you did with your skiis, until I heard you talk about them on the video. It sounded like an extremely rough hike, and very tiring. The scenery was just expansive and extremely beautiful! Love, Mom

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