Spearhead NE Ridge – 10.2.2011

Fall foliage surrounding Spearhead

Bob and I headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) after waking-up at 3:45am on Sunday morning for an alpine start to climb the NE Ridge of Spearhead in Glacier Gorge near Longs Peak. We were on the trail by 6am and started on the 6-mile hike to the base of the climb. We made good progress in crisp fall temperatures for much of the morning. We finally arrived at the base of the climb a few hours later where we found snow on the north face (essentially where we were planning to climb) and cold temperatures at 11,500′ with significant wind and windchill. After a brief deliberation, especially since the climb is on the north face and therefore completely devoid of sun, we decided to save this one for next summer. We ended up doing 12-miles with our 35-40 lb. climbing packs and gaining over 3,000′ of vertical, so overall it wasn’t a bad training day, we just didn’t get to do the fun part of the climb that we had planned. Such is life in the mountains.

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