California Thirteeners List
Summer 2012 Tour
The 2012 tour included climbs of Mt. Gabb and Mt. Abbot in California, plus a few Colorado peaks before and afterward. I posted a video on YouTube containing slideshows and short video clips with annotations (a more detailed trip report can be found below).
Note: It’s definitely worth choosing full-screen and leaving it in 1080p if you’ve got the bandwidth.
Many thanks to Mike Bromberg (aka Foo’ball) for providing some of the best pictures!
- Chris Schneider (aka Schmed)
Foo’ball’s Trip Report (somewhat abridged)
Once in Colorado, I climbed familiar 14,060' Mt. Bierstadt as a warmup, along with literally hundreds of other people. After Bierstadt, I set off on my latest goal of climbing Colorado 13,500-footers. I headed up to Nederland CO for a trip into the Arapaho Peaks. South Arapaho is popular and reached by a trail of sorts (although it doesn't officially count as a peak), while 13,502' North Arapaho is an invigorating 3rd class ridge walk. Although Colorado was in the midst of a record drought, I did have some rain every evening, although it usually waited until I was done hiking for the day.
Following that trip, I headed into Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen, a long tedious backpack. I arrived too late to get a prized campsite right by the hot springs, but my site was only 1/4 mile away and right next to a stream. I climbed unnamed 13,537 above the hot springs, a fairly easy climb most of the way with a slippery scrabbly final 200 foot couloir to climb, but I pulled a muscle in my leg on the descent. Soaking in the hot springs with the miserable Aspen yuppies felt good, but didn't cure the muscle pull, so I had to hike all the way out without attempting a second nearby peak.
Once back in Colorado, I took the Jeep into the woods high above Alpine, CO (the road to Fourteener Mt. Antero) and located yet another excellent car campsite on the rough jeep road. I hiked all the way up to 13,528' Boulder Mountain and back, although the Jeep could have easily navigated the old mine road to within a couple hundred feet of the summit.
- Mike Bromberg
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