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Ascent of Missouri Mountain on 2001-08-11

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:Suzanne Lilly
Trisha Conlon
Date:Saturday, August 11, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Missouri Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14067 ft / 4287 m

Ascent Trip Report

My 14th 14er. I went back to this part of the Sawatch to repeat Belford and Oxford, which I had climbed 25 years earlier, with my wife and daughter. After waiting out a brief midday shower in Missouri Gulch, I suggested, on the spur of the moment, that we try an afternoon climb of Missouri before hitting the other two the next day. The idea went over, and we reached the summit about 5 pm--my latest summit--in glorious late day sunshine. A challenging and interesting peak, and my daughter's first 14er. The scree slog up the eastern slope is awful, but doesn't last too long. The scrambling along the ridge is tough enough to be quite engaging. It's a good thing there's a register at the top, or it would be very hard to tell where the true summit is.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4427 ft / 1349 m
    Elevation Loss:2067 ft / 630 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4427 ft / 1349 m
    Trailhead:Missouri Gulch TH  9640 ft / 2938 m
    Time Up:11 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2067 ft / 630 m
    Trailhead:timberline camp in MO Gulch  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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