Rocky Mountain Life
Summits for MS Conquers the Crestones
Last weekend the Summit County crew decided to head south and take our chances with the weather forecast. Since the Rocky Mountains have been in full on monsoonal flow we've seen afternoon thunderstorms for almost two weeks straight and the forecast for this particular weekend was no different with storms starting earlier on Saturday.
Upon arriving at the trailhead we surveyed the weather, taking note of the storm currently sitting directly on top of our destination as well as another front lingering to the south west. "Let's just start walking" has become the M.O. for our groups so we shouldered our packs and headed for Cottonwood Lake at the base of Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle. While most people opt for hiking in from the other side of the range we chose the shorter yet steeper road less traveled, AKA the Rick Route.
Although we were initially concerned with route finding on this trail it turned out to be fairly straight forward. What we hadn't counted on was the massive swarms of mosquito's covering every square inch of the trail from start to finish. These were some high altitude skeeters as they didn't relent even as we crossed the 12,000 foot mark. After a little bit of rain, a ton of mosquito's and about three and a half hours we landed in the basin and found Bryan and Heather, who had approached from the other side and found a perfect campsite.
After chasing marmots, taking a brief walk to check out the lake and some semi-re-hydrated food we called it a night as the rain continued to fall steadily. 4:30am came rather quickly so we snoozed for a little while finally rising at 5am with boots on the trail at 5:30am.
The climb to Crestone Peak started right outside out tent so there was no route finding issues to contend with. We were about a 10 minute warm-up hike to the base of the Red Gully and from there you basically go straight up and take a left at the ridge. Upon reaching the summit we all refueled and relaxed for a bit but didn't hang around too long knowing that the largest challenges still lie ahead on the traverse to the Crestone Needle.
We parted ways with Heather and Bryan about half way down the Red Gully as we headed for the Traverse. The Peak to Needle Traverse is known as one of Colorado's four Great 14er Traverses so we knew we had our work cut out for us. After a few snow crossings, ledgy downclimbs and gully traverses we found ourselves at the base of the infamous Black Gendarme faced with two options. Given the choice between a sporty 5th class climb followed by a spicy knife ridge or traversing around to another gully we opted for the more interesting route. After everyone had safely ascended the crux pitch and crossed the knife ridge we only had a few more ledge traverses in front of us before the infamous airy 4th class wall that leads to the summit.
Everyone had been eagerly anticipating this wall, some with excitement and some with a bit of dread. The climbing was fun, solid 4th Class with conglomerate knobs making for an exciting airy scramble to the summit. Jeb even paused to snap a picture of Rick and I climbing with a rainbow below us, not a bad way to knock off one of the Four Great Traverses. Once again, with weather building around us we did not hang on the summit for long and quickly made our way to the standard route off the Crestone Needle and bee lined it for Broken Hand Pass.
The down climb back to camp was uneventful and we were soon packed up and beating steps down the trail as the clouds built. A quick detour on the Marsh Route and a driving rain storm kept the otherwise benign walk out to the car interesting. Everyone took at least one spill on the now rain slicked slabs before getting back to solid trail and putting the hammer down to avoid the wrath of the super skeeters that live in those woods. We stopped at Amica's in Salida for pizza and beer to celebrate another successful outing in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
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What's Happening in Summit County
Ski Season Preview - COO Breakfast: SOLD OUT!
Get a ski season preview at the Frisco Adventure Park COO Breakfast Presented by the Summit Chamber of Commerce. Find out what's in store for the 2014 -2015 ski season at the Copper Mountain Conference Center on Thursday, October 9th. The Chief Operating Officers of Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Loveland Ski Resorts will share updates and preview what's on tap for each of their resorts in the coming year. Tune in to Krystal 93 for updates!
31st Annual Wine in the Pines
Enjoy a high flying evening of gourmet food, fine wines, lively auctions and engaging entertainment. Saturday, October 18th, it’s Wine in the Pines like never before! This year’s extravaganza will feature the amazing aerial talents of Imagination Circus Arts, a cirque style performance group. Enter the grand ballroom of the Keystone Conference Center you will be dazzled by the colorful acrobatic performances that surround you.
Experience the epicurean creations of some of Keystone’s finest chefs. Savor sumptuous cuisines from some of Keystones most well known restaurants including Keystone Ranch, Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge and Der Fondue Chessel. Pair your gourmet selections with the perfect glass of wine from the more than 500 wines available. And, of course, no culinary experience would be complete without a trip or two to the dessert tables where you can indulge in the legendary chocolates and dessert delicacies that Wine in the Pines is known for. Get more info and order tickets when you click here.
Ski Season Opening Days
When do the lifts start turning? Here's the list of some favorites!
Arapahoe Basin: Mid-October (?)
Beaver Creek: Wednesday, November 26th
Breckenridge: Friday, November 7th
Copper Mountain: Friday, October 31st
Keystone: Friday, October 31st
Loveland: Mid October (?)
Ski Cooper: Saturday, December 13th
Steamboat: Wednesday, November 26th
Vail: Friday, November 21st
Winter Park: Wednesday, November 12th
(all dates subject to Mother Nature's whims)
What's Happening At Krystal 93
Summit Tigers High School Football On The Air
Krystal 93 presents Summit High Tigers Football home games live, on the air! Join Krystal 93 for live coverage off all the home games from Tiger Stadium at Farmer’s Korner. The the live play-by-play is made possible by Hudson Auto Source, Summit County Republicans, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Alpine Bank, Crystal Clear Auto Glass, Debra Irvine for State House and Mi Casa Restaurant.
Every Thursday evening, Krystal 93 presents an hour of great music and conversation on eTown, a radio show recorded in Boulder. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many top musical artists as well as conversations about the world around us. Tune in to Krystal 93 every Thursday evening between 7 & 8pm for eTown!
Krystal Blue Plate Special
Every weekday morning just after 11:30, tune-in when Tom Fricke plays a set of blues tunes. You'll hear a set of three blues tunes, ranging from rootsy to rockin'. Just in time for lunch, we have your Blue Plate Special every weekday.
Krystal 93: The Most-Listened-To Radio Station!
Year after year, radio ratings companies measure the listening audiences of local radio stations. Year after year, those ratings show Krystal 93 to be the Number One rated radio station in Summit County with a listening audience nearly triple that of our nearest competitor. If you have a business and want to reach the most people with a discretionary income in Summit County, you need to advertise on Krystal 93!
Krystal 93's Fresh Tracks Tuesday
New music this week includes fresh tracks from Finnegan Bell, Delta Spirit, Brothers Keeper and Train. Get more information and hear these tracks on our Fresh Tracks page.
The debut album from Brothers Keeper, 'Todd Meadows' will be featured on the Krystal Concert.
Live Candidate Forums on Krystal 93
Once again we will have candidates running for election or re-election answering questions and making statements as to why they should be put in office, or kept in office representing us. The forums will be live on Krystal 93 with a taping by Summit County Television, which will air several times starting a couple of days after the live radio forum. It will be available online also at www.summitnews.com
The schedule so far is as follows:
Monday - 09/22 from 6-7pm House District 61; Millie Hamner (D) & Debra Irvine (R)
Sunday - 09/28 from 6-7pm County Commissioner - District 1; Dan Gibbs (D) & Allen Bacher (R)
Monday - 10/20 from 6-7pm Colorado's 2nd Congressional District; Jared Polis (D) & George Leing (R)
We are also working on the Senatorial race between current Senator Mark Udall (D) and challenger Cory Gardner (R) - Cory Gardner's campaign office has given us the green light, but after several calls to Adam Dunstone from Mark Udall's campaign office, we have had no response, but will continue the attempt make this happen. You can help us make this happen...call Adam Dunstone from Udall's campaign office at 303-808-8972 and tell him you want Mark Udall on Krystal 93's candidate forum. Also, an alternate number would be 720-328-3760.
If you would like to submit questions for the candidates send them to News@Krystal93.com
Top Local News Stories
Jury Convicts Summit County Stalker
A guilty verdict was reached by a Breckenridge District Court jury on Friday, in the case of Gordon Siriano, finding him guilty of 4 counts of violation of a protection order, misdemeanor offenses, and one felony count of a bail bond violation. Siriano had racked up a large list of charges for years of harassment and stalking of his former fiancé, and many of the charges were combined in one trial. Siriano faces a mandatory prison sentence of one year.
Breck Massage Therapist Arrested
On August 13th massage therapist James Dickerson of Breckenridge, was arrested for charges of unlawful sexual contact. Mr. Dickerson was a massage therapist at Sol Impressions, a massage therapy studio located at 111 S. Main Street in Breckenridge. It is alleged that on August 9th, Dickerson sexually fondled a massage therapy client. Breckenridge Police and the District Attorney’s office are asking that anyone with information regarding this matter contact Sgt. Susan Quesada at (970) 453-2941. Mr. Dickerson was released on August 14th after posting a $1,000 bond and will next appear in Summit County Court on October 1st at 1:30 for filing of formal charges.
...more news on the Local News Page - including the latest Summit High School Sport results.
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