Mountaineering Archive

  • Peak Review: Conquering the Mummy Range

    Peak Review: Conquering the Mummy Range

    After a 19 year absence I finally completed reaching all the summits along the primary ridge of mountains in the Mummy Range of Rocky Mountain National Park. Having done Mummy Mountain (elevation 13,425-feet) and Hagues Peak (elevation 13,560-feet) in 1998, I always planned on returning...

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  • Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    I have wanted to climb Otter Mountain for years.  According to the Internet this Front Range peak is not popular.  I translate that as most people don’t know about it or even think to consider it for a hike.  For me it is simple: I...

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  • 2017 Hiking Preview

    2017 Hiking Preview

    July and August are coming soon and it’s that time of the year to really start planning any alpine adventures in Colorado’s highest mountains. I’ve climbed something like 120 mountains in Colorado but I’ve been really slacking lately and need to aim high for this...

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  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Hike: Crater Lake & Mirror Lake

    Indian Peaks Wilderness Hike: Crater Lake & Mirror Lake

    Easily one of the best hikes I’ve done in Colorado. No mountain was climbed, but the company was good, and the route offered a little bit of everything. . It was a fantastic hike. If you have a full day to spare, are in excellent...

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  • Peak Review: Mt. Bancroft & Parry Peak (Elevation 13,250-391 Feet)

    Peak Review: Mt. Bancroft & Parry Peak (Elevation 13,250-391 Feet)

    I have slowly been making my way through the James Peak group of mountains in Colorado’s Front Range for years. I first climbed James Peak in 1999. Though technically a part of the Indian Peaks, there is a separation between this group and the more...

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  • Peak Review: Mount Parnassus (Elevation 13,574-Feet)

    Peak Review: Mount Parnassus (Elevation 13,574-Feet)

    Additional photo credits: Rhiannon Archuleta and Anthony Lamonaca

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  • Peak Review: Kataka Mountain (Elevation 12,441-Feet)

    Peak Review: Kataka Mountain (Elevation 12,441-Feet)

    Kataka Mountain is one of 19 named summits in the Mount Evans Wilderness, and my 12th. I first tried to summit Kataka in 1998, but only reached its smaller neighbor, Arrowhead Mountain. That was before I even owned a computer and enjoyed the ease of...

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  • Peak Review: Mt. Eva (Elevation 13,130-Feet)

    Peak Review: Mt. Eva (Elevation 13,130-Feet)

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  • Peak Review: Rosalie Peak (Elevation 13,575-Feet)

    Peak Review: Rosalie Peak (Elevation 13,575-Feet)

    Continuing with my ongoing quest to climb all of the prominent peaks in the Mount Evans group in Colorado’s Front Range, Rosalie Peak is the area’s southern most 13er. It was a cool, mostly cloudy day in late September and four of us headed up...

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  • Peak Review: Witter Peak (Elevation 12,884-Feet)

    Peak Review: Witter Peak (Elevation 12,884-Feet)

    I have been admiring Witter Peak’s majestic, shark tooth-like summit for years and finally climbed it in 2012. While driving west on I-70 into the Front Range it stands out more than the others that surround it.  This particular part of the Central Front Range...

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