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Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints
by Charlie & Diane Winger (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
© 2002 Charlie & Diane Winger/Colorado Mountain Club Press. All Rights Reserved.
This was a guided trip, and well worth the cost! I met Brad and Brandon with the rest of the team at the TMG office at the base. After gear check, we rolled out to the ski lifts. A short hike up to our overnight base camp was a good run, after which we learned the basics in snow travel and self-arrest.
My group was pretty cool. We joked around a bit, had a calorie packed dinner, then hunkered down before sunset. It was a windy night. WE got up and suited up at 1 am. The climb to the hogsback was quite a slog, but it allowed me to get used to my new boots and crampons. The Pearly Gates were in awful shape, so we opted for the Old Chute Route. It was steep, but manageable.
We summitted just in time for sunrise, took a few pics, then descended before the ice softened. The views from the top were breathtaking!
I was slow on the descent after the Chute, trying to get used to the boots, and thinking of this awesome climb.
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