This route was at the top of my wish list of "easy" alpine rock routes in Rocky Mountain National Park. My skills had come up to speed just a little too late the previous autumn to be able to climb it before the first snows hit. Thus I was forced to wait all winter to give it a go. Naturally during the spring I had to get in as much snow climbing as I could before the snow season drew to a close so it wasn't until late June when I could carve out a weekend to give it a shot.
I enlisted Michael for a partner - this would be his second alpine rock route (he'd done Kieners a couple of weeks previously) and my third (I'd done Kieners and the CMC Route on Mount Moran in 2005).
Everything went super smoothly and we had a blast. The climbing was fun (though I wished there'd been a little more technical climbing) and the setting was spectacular. Our route finding was spot-on and we moved speedily and efficiently on the mountain. We beat the incoming weather and navigated the "problematic" descent (as Gillett describes it) with ease.
It was awesome!
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