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
Ski Season Opening Days
When do the lifts start turning? Here's the list of some favorites!
Loveland: October (?)
Copper Mountain: Friday, October 31st
Keystone: Friday, October 31st
Breckenridge: Friday, November 7th
Winter Park: Wednesday, November 12th
Vail: Friday, November 21st
Beaver Creek: Wednesday, November 26th
Steamboat: Wednesday, November 26th
Ski Cooper: Saturday, December 13th
(all dates subject to Mother Nature's whims)
Frisco Haunted Mansion
The former Frisco community center at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Granite, is being transformed into a Haunted Mansion, thanks to the Town of Frisco and the Mountain Mentors Teen Program, Activities Run By Youth. The Haunted House will be open from 6 - 10:00pm on Thursday, the 30th, Friday night, for Halloween - and Saturday, November 1. The Haunted House is recommended for ages 7 and up, and you’re invited to drop by for a good scare for a good cause.
7th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
Krystal 93 is proud to again be a sponsor of this ski season kick-off party on Saturday, November 8th. Join the Friends of C-A-I-C to raise money for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. You can buy tickets in advance when you click here. Your ticket includes a door prize ticket, two free beers, catered food, live music from Shakedown Street, and they’ll be giving away over $50,000 of gear! Buy your tickets now before they sell out!
What's Happening At Krystal 93
Live Candidate Forums on Krystal 93
Once again we will have candidates running for election or re-election answering questions and making statements as to why they should be put in office, or kept in office representing us. The forums will be live on Krystal 93 with a taping by Summit County Television, which will air several times starting a couple of days after the live radio forum. It will be available online also at www.summitnews.com
The candidate Forum between Millie Hamner and Debra Irvine that we aired live on 09/22 and the one between Dan Gibbs and Allen Bacher that aired live on 09/28 is available for viewing on www.summitnews.com
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Polis/Leing candidate forum scheduled for Monday 10/20 has been cancelled. We are working to re-schedule it.
We are also working on the Senatorial race between current Senator Mark Udall (D) and challenger Cory Gardner (R) - Cory Gardner's campaign office has given us the green light, but after several calls to Adam Dunstone from Mark Udall's campaign office, we have had no response, but will continue the attempt make this happen. You can help us make this happen...call Adam Dunstone from Udall's campaign office at 303-808-8972 and tell him you want Mark Udall on Krystal 93's candidate forum. Also, an alternate number would be 720-328-3760.
If you would like to submit questions for the candidates send to News@Krystal93.com
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 live coverage off all the home games 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, Crystal Clear Auto Glass, Debra Irvine for State House and Mi Casa Restaurant.
Every Thursday evening, Krystal 93 presents an hour of great music and conversation on eTown, a radio show recorded in Boulder. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many top musical artists as well as conversations about the world around us. 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 Robert Plant, Cracker, Pink Floyd and The Howling Tongues. Get more information and hear these tracks on our Fresh Tracks page.
The new album from The Counting Crows Somewhere Under Wonderland will be featured on the Krystal Concert.
Top Local News Stories
Hiker Sustains Critical Injuries on Mt. Royal
On Sunday, October 19th, around 4:30 p.m. the Summit Rescue Group responded to a report of an injured hiker at the top of Mt. Royal. The hiker had fallen 15 to 20 feet, landing on a pile of rocks, sustaining life threatening injuries. Flight for Life attempted to locate a landing zone, but was unable. The patient which required continuous advanced life support care had to be transported by a litter down to the bike path, where the helicopter could safely land and transport the patient to a hospital in Denver. No other information about the hiker was made available.
Parking Fines in Breck to Rise
It will cost you more in fines if you violate the time-limit parking in Breckenridge. Effective December 1st, fines for the first ticket will go to $30, instead of the current $20. The second ticket will cost you $50, the third will cost you $100. If you do not pay a parking ticket fine within ten days - the fine will double.
3 Law Enforcement Officers Honored
Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown recognized three police officers from Summit County law enforcement. The recipients are Detective Alex Blank of Breckenridge Police Department, Officer Russ Arnold of Frisco Police Department, and Detective Kris Brady of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Each was honored for his dedication to maintaining the safety and well-being of the Summit community.
Detectives Brady and Blank were honored for their investigatory work on some of the most high profile prosecutions of the past year in Summit County: Blank for the time-consuming and complex investigation into the Breckenridge Film Festival embezzlement by ex-employee Dawna Foxx, who is currently serving five years in prison, and Brady for his dedicated and diligent pursuit of justice for the machete attack on a young man in June, of which the case is still ongoing. District Attorney Brown also recognized the important work of Frisco Officer Russ Arnold. As a patrol officer in the county, Officer Arnold’s job entails the difficult and sometimes dangerous initial contact with offenders. In particular, Officer Arnold’s accomplishments include diligent DUI patrolling, as well as being the initial first responder to the incident that resulted in the death of Blake Bostic, a local who was assaulted by defendant Charles Sattler, whose case is awaiting trial.
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