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New Meetup: Mount of the Holy Cross via Halo Ridge - Notch Mountain Shelter Overnight

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:54 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Rocky Mountain Madness!

What: Mount of the Holy Cross via Halo Ridge - Notch Mountain Shelter Overnight

When: Saturday, January 15,[masked]:00 AM

Where: PnR - Woolly Mammoth Lot
U.S. 40 & State Highway 26
Golden, CO 80401

Set this weekend aside for a two day ascent of Mount of the Holy Cross via Halo Ridge with an overnight in the LUXURIOUS Notch Mountain Shelter.

Details are pending, and there are lots of details with the logistics of this trip that have to be ironed out, but here is a run down of the event that will help you set some plans.

Day 1: January 15
Meet and carpool to the bottom of the Tigiwon Road, just under 8 miles from the trailhead. Here we will park, unload gear and run a shuttle with snowmobile(s) to the Half Moon Trailhead. After all party members and gear has been transfered to the trailhead, we will begin our snowshoe to Notch Mountain and the shelter (~3000 feet of vertical gain). Pack accordingly. We will stay here for the night.

Day 2: January 16
Starting VERY EARLY, we will make a winter ascent of Mount of the Holy Cross via Halo Ridge. Along the route we will encounter class 2+ scrambling (dry) and likely some knife edged snow and cornices. For this purpose we will be assembling into roped, 3 man teams as it becomes necessary. After a successful summit we will return via Halo Ridge and to the shelter. Depending on group condition and our speed of travel we may need to spend a second night in the shelter, so plan accordingly.

Day 3: January 17
Please find a way to take this day off from work. It shouldn't be hard, as it is a legal federal holiday: Martin Luther King Day. This is important, as we will not under any circumstances split up this group below the Notch Mountain Shelter! Especially if we make it down the day prior, you will want this day to recuperate from the adventure.

PLEASE only sign up if you are very fit and a SEASONED mountaineer. If you aren't, get out and get some practice! There will be plenty of events between now and then for you to participate in. You will need to prove your ability before I will admit your rsvp.

Summit Elevation: 14,005 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 10,320 feet
Elevation Gain: 5,210 feet
Round-trip Length: 15.0 miles

Required Personal Equipment:
-Your standard winter layering arsenal
-0 degree or better sleeping bag
-Bivy sack (just in case)
-Stove and 16 oz of fuel
-Food for length of trip
-Alpine axe
-Mountaineering sled (highly recommended to haul gear)

That should be enough info to get the ball rolling on some plans. Be excited! Not many people get to do this, and it is going to be a very fun trip!

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