My First FourteenerOn 8/8/12 I climbed my first 14,000+ foot mountain, Handies Peak. Weather stopped me from climbing Mt. Sneffels a day later.
1 - The trail to Handies Peak starts at the bottom of American Basin
2 - And continues up from the green on the right, by Sloan Lake in the middle and through the rocky slope on the left
3 - Then finally up the ridge
4 - 360 degree panoramic from the top
5 - I took 3.5 hours to climb, 11,600' to 14,048 '
6 - Sloan Lake is the halfway point
7 - The road is a 4-wheel drive road called the Alpine Loop, the highest in the US.
8 - Garmin Etrex 20 trail
9 - Garmin Etrex 20 stats, 5.77 miles up and down
10 - HTC Evo Android phone trail, using BackCountry Navigator PRO. Much nicer!
11 - Now I'm headed on the Alpine Loop to another 14er
12 - By way of Box Canyon in Ouray
13 - Mt. Sneffels in back left
14 - Mt Sneffels from Wright's Lake
15 - The road to the trailhead was challenging
16 - Gilpin Peak across Yankee Basin from the trail head to Mt. Sneffels
17 - Had to bail on climbing Sneffels, weather quickly moved in, rain and lightening 10 minutes later.
18 - Trip map, 301 miles
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