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Ascent of Monitor Rock on 2013-12-16

Climber: Paul Barish

Date:Monday, December 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monitor Rock
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10466 ft / 3190 m

Ascent Trip Report

I woke up at 11am knowing that I had to leave Leadville at 7pm to catch a flight from Denver. As soon as I woke up my room mate and our friend asked if I wanted to climb The Nose. I said yes and we were quickly on our way so I could have time to pack after we climbed. Once we got to the trailhead, we dug out a place on the side of the road so I could park in it and then were on our way. The approach was uneventful and soon we were ready to climb. As always the first pitch was the only one that took any time at all and after that we were cruising. I lead every pitch and got in a few sweet terrain belays. We followed the climbers left side of the buttress all the way to the football field sized ledge and then hiked through some relatively deep snow to the summit. Of all the times I climbed Monitor, this was the easiest descent. It was much more solid and was a pleasure to plunge step down. The snow made it much easier. We were back to the car for a round trip time of 3 hours which is not bad for 3 people! That gave us plenty of time before I had to leave for Denver.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Route:The Nose
Descent Statistics



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