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
20th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest
Breckenridge’s 20th annual Oktoberfest, September 12th-14th, includes a fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner Bier, genuine German cuisine, collectible steins and special accommodation packages. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains.
Oktoberfest is where Munich meets Breckenridge. When Main Street closes and comes to life as a street party with traditional costumes, German food, Oompah and polka music, Bavarian dancers, children’s activities, a keg-tapping ceremony, 5k run and, of course, did we mention Paulaner Bier.
Summer Concerts at Lake Dillon Amphitheatre
Krystal 93 welcomes a great line-up of live music this summer at one of the most beautiful concert settings in Colorado, the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Check out the line-up & info on other summer events in Dillon when you click here.
Concert in the Park Series in Frisco
The Town of Frisco brings together great music every week for a great cause at the FREE Outdoor Concert in the Park Series at the Historic Park Gazebo & Lawn. Get the lineup when you click here. All concerts 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
What's Happening At Krystal 93
Summer Runoff Continues!
Every week all summer long, Krystal 93 has been giving away prize packages during the Summer Runoff. Listen to Krystal 93 every Friday afternoon for your chance to win summer fun prize packages. There's only a few more weeks of Summer Runoff prize packages, so listen to win!
Summer Dock Parties at the Tiki Bar in Dillon
Join Krystal 93 for one more Summer Dock Party by the docks of the Dillon Marina at Pug Ryan's Lakeside Tiki Bar! We'll be giving away a lot of prizes, including Red Rocks concert tickets and more. The final party of the summer is Wednesday, September 10th from 5pm-7pm.
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 our first broadcast on Friday, September 5th 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 and Mi Casa Restaurant.
Every Thursday evening, Krystal 93 presents an hour of great music and conversation on eTown. This radio show is recorded in Boulder, Colorado. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. At eTown, they build community through music. 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 Guster, Greensky Bluegrass, Christian Gregory and War On Drugs. Get more information and hear these tracks on our Fresh Tracks page.
The new album from Eric Clapton & Friends 'An Appreciation Of JJ Cale' will be featured on the Krystal Concert.
Summer Red Rocks Concerts
Jack White - August 30th
Joe Bonamassa: Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf - August 31st
ONEREPUBLIC - September 1st
Arctic Monkeys - September 4th
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - September 20th
Kings Of Leon - September 24th
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood - Sept 30th, Oct 1st & 3rd
PHISH - August 29,30,31, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City
The Black Keys - November 13th, Pepsi Center, Denver
Top Local News Stories
Final Results of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge
1st place - Tejay van Garderen (USA). 2nd place - Tom Danielson (USA). 3rd place - Serghei Tvetcov (Rom).
Smashburger Leader Jersey - Tejay Van Garderen (USA). Lexus Sprint Jersey - Kiel Reijnen (USA). Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey - Ben Jacques Maynes (USA). CSU Best Young Rider Jersey - Clement Chevrier (FRA). 1st Bank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey - Jens Voight (GER). Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey - Tejay Van Garderen (USA).
Stage 1 winner: Kiel Reijnen (USA)
Stage 2 winner: Robin Carpenter (USA)
Stage 3 winner: Tejay van Garderen (USA)
Stage 4 winner: Elia Viviani (ITL)
Stage 5 winner: Laurent Didier (LUX)
Stage 6 winner: Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
Stage 7 winner: Alex Howes (USA)
Dillon lifts Moratorium on Marijuana
Even though some residents of Dillon wanted the question of retail marijuana shops in the town to go before the voters, the town council this week passed a series of ordinances effectively ending the moratorium on retail pot business. According to the Summit Daily, three ordinances passed that dealt with business licences, zoning restrictions, and fees. Council member Terry King cast the only opposing vote on all three ordinances. The action does not change the town's moratorium on medical marijuana. Cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities are still prohibited.
Summit School District Looking Good
The Summit School District received an “Accredited with Distinction” rating from the Colorado Department of Education on the recent release of the 2013-2014 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program scores. This rating is based on the district’s performance in student academic achievement, academic growth, the reduction in academic growth gaps between student groups, and postsecondary and workforce readiness. The District earned 81.5 out of 100 points or 81.5% overall on their One Year District Performance Framework. This is the first time Summit School District has earned an accreditation rating higher than, “Accredited.” The results from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program show Summit School District students outperformed the state in grade level and content areas on the 2014 assessment.
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