Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior
- Nov 13, 2015
Pretty sure it was hail. I was getting hit driving through the tunnel last night around 6:30 but it looked like it there was some snow and rain mixed in as well.And so it begins. White stuff fell on Arapahoe Basin last night.
Im tired of the heat, can't wait for some cooler temps.Labor Day was the hottest September day ever recorded in over 50 Colorado locations including the urban corridor.
OTOH, there is a storm coming through at the end of the week out of the PNW. About time for some peak dusting.
I got off route once and had to climb a rock slab to gain the ridge that was very close to low 5th class for sure. Solid 4th class. But it was very solid rock. The route was confusing at times because people have made lots of different little paths to bypass some of the climbing. Those paths traverse some VERY loose scree slopes. The "famous" knife edge was actually one of the easier bits. I just walked on the left side with my hands on the ridge crest. The slope after the Knife edge to gain the summit actually felt much more sketchy. It was so loose.Kelso Ridge is a super fun route. Not for the faint of heart as in many places getting a little off route can lead to 5th class moves. And the route isn't always clear. Awesome time of year to be up there.