Andrea and I had been trying to connect for a while without success for a month or so and we finally found a time on Saturday. We decided on doing a loop of Audubon, Paiute, Toll, and Pawnee in the Indian Peaks. The road is now closed to cars, so we parked at the winter lot and rode bikes in. I should really do this in the summer, it saves $9 and its a nice warm-up and ride by itself. We parked the bikes on the West side of the lake and started off on foot towards the Mitchell Lake trailhead. As we were going from bike mode to feet mode I was going to put my iPhone in Andreas pack as it has a small, easily-accessible, zippered pocket but for some arbitrary reason I didn't, remember this.
|Mt Audubon from Long Lake trailhead. The SE ridge is the slightly lower one. The notch is right where the shadow starts.|
|Parking the bikes. There was a bull moose back in the willows. it can be seen barely to the right of the white bike's seat.|
|Right before the Notch.|
|We actually could not find a cloud to be seen in any direction. We could see everything. Temps in the high 50's and barely windy. Pretty amazing conditions for late October.|
There is a jutty shelf of rock on the South about 20ft below the ridge which provides a super exposed but easy ledge work around to downclimbing the notch itself. Some exposed moves going up the other side of the notch and we were marching up the last 800' of tundra to the summit of Mt Audubon.
|That sky! Summit of Audubon, Toll is that pyramid looking one to the right of me.|
|Staged running picture with (L to R) Navajo, Dicker's Peck (great name), Apache, Pawnee, Iroquois|
|The Eiger...err Mt Toll rather. Abort mission.|
|Riding the snow down to Blue Lake|
|My "goodbye two weeks wages" face, after the failed search.|
|The route excluding the biking parts.|
I mapped my GPS track into a route and tried retracing it Sunday morning to where I knew it was lost with no success. It was still another good hike anyways. Given my iPhone is gone and is also my camera all of the pics are taken by Andrea.
May some woodland creature find my phone and send me and my friends hilarious pictures.