Spring Mountain (13,244')
~7 hour RT
After Saturday's hike, I slept like a baby in the back of my jeep. So much so that I didn't even hit the trail on Sunday until 9:00.
Original plan was to do a counter-clockwise loop: Comanche Trail to Comanche Peak, Spring Mountain, Venable Peak, and back on the Venable Trail. I wasn't sure if this was feasible, as the valley portion of Saturday's hike gave me more postholing fun than you can shake a stick at. Sure enough, I saw what appeared to be continuous snow coverage on the Comanche Trail starting at about 10,600'. I immediately turned right and gained Spring Mountain's loooooong east ridge.
|Horn Peak. Snow covering the north-facing headwall into the Hiltman Creek basin|
|Middle-of-nowhwere bed and breakfast|
|A few snow climbs?|
|The fun class 2+ summit pitch leading to Spring Mountain|
|Boo. Coulda been done with axe and 'pons.|