“Snow. Sun. Sandstone. Sky. He was doing what he liked and knew. It was now. And this now had no pressure, just permission.” -James Galvin
This weekend called for some wandering with Nick Clark and Joe Grant, high inComanche Peak Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park. Nick gave us an off-trail tour of his turf with a hearty promise to bag a bunch of peaks in the Mummy Range. He definitely followed through, providing a 30 mile journey (over 1/3 off-trail) with over 8,000 feet of gain.
It was a spectacular day to explore the high country. While temperatures loomed in the upper nineties in Fort Collins and Boulder, we enjoyed pleasant 80 degree temps with hardly a cloud in the sky. The daily monsoons decided not pay a visit in the afternoon, and we were thankful as we made a few navigational errors along the way.
My knee cap decided to do battle with a rocky meadow, and the rock decisively won. Sometimes we don’t get to choose the landing of our falls. Need to get my severely bruised patella healed so I can keep up my UTMB training and continue to enjoy the short high mountain wandering season.
Map of the route
Joe making his way to top of Signal Mtn with Mummy Range looming
Atop Signal Mtn with South Signal Mtn and “the Mummies” on the far horizon
Nick wielding the summit log pen on Signal Mtn
Frogger loving the morning light on Signal Mtn
Another view of South Signal and Mummy Range, mtn running at it’s finest!
Enjoying the sunrise on Signal Mtn
Descending an old unmaintained trail to the Stormy Peaks
Nick getting a lay of the land on the Stormy Pks Trail
Consulting the map on Stormy Pks Trail in Rocky Mtn National Park
Stormy Pks on the way to Stormy Pass, a wildflower run.
Nick getting a foot on the summit rock
Tagging a rocky summit in the Stormy Mtns. Photo: J. Grant
High on the ridge line of the Stormy Peaks
Rowe Mtn watches as we follow the spine of Sugarloaf Mtn to Icefield Pass
Off trail lunch of homemade ume musubi and sporting some good blood from earlier rock encounter
Leaving Stormy Peaks Pass for a long off trail journey
An icy Rowe Glacier fills the lake. Frogger watches icebergs while Nick navigates.
Rock bounding up towards Rowe Pk with Hagues Pk in background
Rock pile descent off Rowe Mtn in RMNP
Rocks & more rocks, Nick and Joe embracing the descent of Sugarloaf Mtn
Looking for the Mummy Pass Trail in RMNP. Photo: J. Grant
Trail at last! Mummy Pass Trail in RMNP on W. side of Mummy Pass
The road home and where we once were, Mummy Range
B & W photos courtesy of Joe “Frogger” Grant