RMNP is free! (Taylor Peak)

View up Glacier Gorge over Mills Lake

I had high hopes for today: the Notch Couloir on McHenry Peak looks like a great moderate ice climb in a scenic and unfamiliar part of the park. Sadly, the description isn’t kidding when it says “don’t underestimate the route-finding challenge.” The use trail up to Shelf Lake is very hard to find, and the alternative is a steep, miserable bushwhack. After wasting an hour wandering around in the woods, I retreated and climbed Taylor Peak via the Andrews Glacier as a consolation prize. There was plenty of nice scenery, but a day of hiking and tip-toeing across talus with 6 inches of fresh snow on it wasn’t what I had in mind.

3 responses to “RMNP is free! (Taylor Peak)

  1. Janie O'Rourke says:

    These are some pretty gnarly photos. Is it winter up there now?

    1. drdirtbag says:

      Not quite. There was a foot of snow up high, then about half melted off, and another inch or so may fall in the next day or so. It’s awkward weather for climbing.

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