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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


After cutting the large switchback low on the Mount Evans Road (and saving ourselves more than 2 miles) we reach tree line. Time to stash the snowshoes; the wind has been (and still is) very busy up here! We enjoy the early morning light show on Mount Spadling and Gray Wolf Mountain while we putter around and chat.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


We stroll up easy terrain to meet the road.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


The road is plagued by high winds and blowing snow as expected.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


The banshees put on quite the show for us.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


Crossing the Summit Lake Flats. Mount Warren looks rather insignificant from here.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


Starting the final push up the northeast slopes of Mount Evans. Mount Warren and Rogers Peak can be seen in the background.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


An occasional strong gust encourages us to brace ourselves or be pushed over. Its interesting to see one gust in particular roll down the slope, knocking everyone around down the line in turn.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


We take a breather before cresting the summit ridge and fear the wind above.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


The final hike from the parking lot to the summit isn't as bad as expected but its certainly windy.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


Steve Gladbach stands atop his final winter 14er and becomes the 4th man in history to accomplish this feat. His faithful dog Cooper can be seen in the foreground. Its gusty up here but, miraculously, nice enough for an extended stay.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


Beginning the descent.

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Mount Evans
Gladbach's final winter 14er
February 28, 2011


11 stitches and some road rash. That Mount Evans road is such a BULLY!