A Day in the Rough: Apache Peak's Fair Glacier

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Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:16pm PT
A long way from here, and most other places, as the foot flies...
Fair Glacier sits along the back (NW) side of Apache Peak, 13,441 feet, in Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Apache from the East:

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:17pm PT
From Gerry Roach's
Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness,
Classic Hikes & Climbs:


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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:20pm PT
Up Pawnee Pass (no biggie).... then down, down, into Lone Eagle Cirque,
Then cross-country up, up, to Triangle Lake, traipsing onward below Lone Eagle’s Ridge to the upper cirque of Fair Glacier:

The general area (Indian Peaks Wilderness):



The general idea (a long day out):

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:20pm PT
All you have to do is follow this nice path (for starters)...

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:22pm PT
All is right with the world T*R.
And my knees and legs and ankles, toes and Achilles tendons and hands and arms and fingers are tired today!
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:25pm PT
... thanks for reading along.
Let's have a look see...
Mighty Hiker

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Nov 1, 2008 - 03:25pm PT
Oh goody, a tarbuster TR to brighten up a grey afternoon. Maybe he even saw some ladybugs..
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:27pm PT
Navajo Peak, on the left, Apache in the center, Shoshone on the right:



The trail winds past Shoshone up to Pawnee Pass, Apache's E face & N ridge on the left:

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:30pm PT


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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:32pm PT
No ladybugs, nobody, ...x'cept me and those animal tracks.
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:39pm PT
I don't know why I do it Werner.
But I do it!
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:49pm PT
Looking west off Pawnee Pass, over toward Lone Eagle Cirque with Mt Achonee on the horizon:



Cascade Creek drainage down low on the right, feeds Grand Lake to the west:



The northern margin of Cascade drainage:

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 03:58pm PT
Well below the pass, the frozen surface of Pawnee Lake:





A chilly descent with a good deal of vertical drop,
Looking at the back (W) side of Mount Toll, left, Pawnee Peak's buttress, center, and on the right, the broad shouldered Shoshone massif:

Mighty Hiker

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Nov 1, 2008 - 04:11pm PT
Thanks, Roy! Where is Apache Peak in relation to some location that non-Coloradans might have heard of, e.g. Boulder?
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 04:21pm PT
Yes, due West of Boulder... And Up!!!
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 08:24pm PT
At 12 noon I reached the low point of my descent and the first views out into Lone Eagles Cirque,
Point 11,602' is the prominent tower with Cherokee Peak behind, Hopi & Hopi Glacier on the left:



Lone Eagle Peak, dead center, Apache and Fair Glacier on the left:



My route, up beyond Triangle Lake:

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 08:25pm PT
Lone Eagle Cirque:



From Gerry Roach's guide:

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 08:29pm PT
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 08:30pm PT
Lone Eagle Peak,
The face was first climbed by the Stettner Brothers of Long's Peak fame:



Apache and Fair Glacier:



Shoshone's West wall, climbed by Jeff Lowe and brother:

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2008 - 08:41pm PT
There is a beautiful, flat and expansive meadow between Lone Eagle and Shoshone:



A lush and inviting environment:



Enclosed by rugged walls and towers:

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