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New Meetup: Atlantic Peak and Pacific Peak - Loop

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Sunday, November 21, 2010 7:17 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Rocky Mountain Madness!

What: Atlantic Peak and Pacific Peak - Loop

When: Saturday, December 4,[masked]:00 AM

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

Set this day aside for an ascent of the North Ridge of Pacific Peak and a descent of Atlantic Peak's West Ridge.

Climbed together, these two peaks account for two of the Centennial 13er's in Colorado. Pacific Peak is an absolute gem and harbors the highest lake in the lower 48 (Pacific Tarn), and Atlantic Peak is well known for its West Ridge that, during the winter months, is often adorned with knife edged snow crossings and cornices.

Access to these peaks is via the Mayflower Gulch Trailhead. We will hike 1.6 miles up a likely impassable 4wd road and stop at Pacific Creek. From here we will hike East and then North East skirting below the western aspects of Pacific Peak. We will gain the ridge at the Pacific-Crystal saddle and continue south to Pacific Peak's summit via the North Ridge. Descending from Pacific Peak we will encounter the class 3 section, which manifests itself in a deeply set notch in Pacific's South Ridge. We will continue south to the summit of Atlantic Peak, and descend the West Ridge, all the while taking in the world class views and beautiful snow features. Finally we will catch some fun glissades on the way back to the road and the trailhead.

Difficulty: Class 3 - Moderate snow
Summit Elevation: 13,841 feet and 13,950 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet
Round Trip Length: 8.0 miles

Required Equipment:
-Your winter layering and day-hiking arsenal
-Microspikes and/or crampons
-Alpine axe
-Harness (maybe)

Depending upon the skill level of the group, we may bring a light rope and some gear. Hence, the maybe.

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