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Date Saturday  6/22/2013
End Date Saturday  6/22/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Alpine Scrambling Course Field Trip 2
Start Time 5:45 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Dominique Hershberger
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Rock Climbing
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 2700
Driving Distance 120


Mt Audubon, Indian Peaks Wilderness. This location is contingent on opening of the Brainard Lake Road prior to the scheduled date. The trailhead is the Mitchell Lake TH.

For more info Contact

John Raich,
Dominique Hershberger,


Alpine Scrambling Course field trips subsequent to the first field trip, the Basic Skills Session, are scheduled by individual instructors on dates and climbing objectives selected by them during summer 2013. Those field trips are listed in the CMC activity schedule and described there. Students should register for at least three additional field trips beyond the initial session using the CMC trip scheduling system. Students can choose those field trips that are most appropriate for them. Instructors will place enrollment limits on field trips. Hence, it is important to sign up early to ensure a spot in the three field trips that you are most interested in.

The climb described here is one of several possible field trip options for ASC students.

The tentative location of this field trip is the SE Ridge of Mt Audubon, rated class 3. This short ridge forms the south edge of a small east-facing cirque 0.5 miles east of the summit of Audubon. From the Mitchell Lake TH at 10,500', follow the Blue Lake trail 1 mile to Mitchell Lake. Hike NW 0.5 mile into the basin below the small E-facing cirque, then hike W onto the crest of the SE ridge. Follow the ridge W. Descend a devious, steep, and exposed class 3 rock pitch down into the notch. Climb up a nifty class 3 rock wall to the broad open slopes above at 12,600'.

One can then traverse to the Mt Audubon trail or continue up 600' of grassy slopes to the summit at 13,223'.

Variation 1 (Autobon, class 3, moderate snow): This variation avoids the exposed descent into the notch and adds an easy snow climb. From the west end of Mitchell Lake, hike west for 0.5 mile. Turn N and climb a shallow S-facing couloir into the notch. Continue from the notch.

Variation 2 (Audubahn, class 3, moderate snow): Hike into the basin below the small E-facing cirque. Climb an inset N-facing couloir to the notch on the SE Ridge. This hidden alpine couloir holds good snow well into the summer. Continue from the notch.

There may be possibilities for a glissade on the descent.

Bring helmet, ice axe, mountaineering boots, snow gaiters, emergency or commercial climbing harness, a locking carabiner, and a shoulder-length sling. Instructors will bring gear to belay students over exposed sections, if deemed necessary.


Participation in this field trip is limited to ASC students and instructors who should sign up prior to Wednesday, June 19. After that, participation will be opened to qualified CMC members on a first come, first served basis, provided that there is room. CMC members not enrolled in ASC who are interested in participating should contact the designated trip leader.

Route description: "Colorado's Indian Peaks" by Gerry Roach.

There is a possibility that the Brainard Lake Road will still be closed on June 22 due to snow drifts in the parking lot. One option may be to bring bikes to the meeting place. The trip leader would provide a pickup to transport bikes to the winter closure. We would ride bikes for 2 miles on the paved road to the trailhead. Trip leaders will update participants on road condition a few days prior to the field trip. Leaders may schedule a alternate field trip at a later date day if needed.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.