Fastpacks From Hell: The Crestone Centennial Enchainment!

Crestone Peak from Crestone Needle

The Crestones! A highlight of my Highest Hundred trip – the mountains of this group are awesomely steep, the rock is solid, the scrambling: divine. This is truly a Fastpack from Hell-yeah!

Stats:

  • 36.1 Miles
  • 15,200’+ elevation

Total time:

  • 1 day, 17hr, 28min

Seven Centennials summited:

  • Adams
  • Challenger
  • Kit Carson
  • Columbia Point
  • Humboldt
  • Crestone Needle
  • Crestone Peak
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Fastpacks From Hell: The Colorado Sierra Blanca Centennial Enchainment!

Stats:

  • 33.1 Miles
  • 15,085’+ elevation

Total time:

  • 2 days 25min

Six Centennials summited:

  • Ellingwood Point
  • Little Bear Peak
  • Blanca Peak
  • “Huerfano Peak”
  • Mt. Lindsey
  • California Peak

To make the Tour of the Highest Hundred work, my general strategy was to keep the number of separate trailheads I needed to visit by bike as low as possible, while designing my route on foot to tag as many mountains in an area as possible. Transitioning to/from bike-mode/hike-mode and superfluous riding are big time sucks.

One of the largest puzzles is the Sierra Blancas. Even enthusiastic peak baggers will separate this group of mountains into >= two trips:

  • Approaching from the east for Mt. Lindsey and “Huerfano Peak” via the Huerfano/Lily Lake Trailhead
  • Approaching from the west to access Ellingwood Point, Little Bear, and Blanca via Lake Como Road
  • And well, also approaching from the west for California Peak (if the Centennials are part of your goal), which is accessed from an altogether trail head: Zapata Falls.

Three different trips to three different trailheads is a lot of bike riding for six mountains that sit close together. Visiting the eastern trailhead, then the western ones means either crossing a northern mountain pass (Mosca Pass), or going around the entire southern end of the Sierra Blancas (La Veta Pass) – I was willing and needed to do one, but not both.

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Tour of the Highest Hundred Completed!

Finish Line! of the Tour of the Highest Hundred

Miracles of Miracles,

I managed to complete my Big Project for the year: The Tour of the Highest Hundred! There’s many projects that I’ll be branching off from this summer’s trip, but below are some articles/interviews covering the Tour – I’ll update if/when others are published:

Climbing Magazine

Justin Simoni Summits Colorado’s 100 Highest Peaks in 60 Days

Adventure Journal

This Guy Just Rode and Climbed Colorado’s 100 Highest Peaks, Self Supported and Non-Stop

REI Co-op Journal

Justin Simoni Summits Colorado’s Highest Hundred Peaks.

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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #7 Notes

Hagerman Pass

Centennials Summited (11):

  • Mount of the Holy Cross
  • Holy Cross Ridge
  • Mt. Oklahoma
  • Mt. Massive
  • Mt. Elbert
  • French Mountain
  • Casco Peak
  • Lackawanna Peak
  • Capitol Peak
  • Snowmass Peak
  • Hagerman Peak

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 76.9 miles, 31,821′ elevation gained
  • By bike: 200.1 miles, 15,165′ elevation gained
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #6 Notes

Summit of Mt. Yale

This was most likely the largest week in the entire tour, in terms of number of peaks summited. Access in the Sawatch is generally easy, resupply is plenty, and most of the peaks don’t pose too much technical problems.

Centennials Summited (19):

  • Cronin Peak
  • Mt. Antero
  • Mt. Shavano
  • Tabeguache Peak
  • Mt. Princeton
  • Mt. Harvard
  • Mt. Columbia
  • Mt. Yale
  • Mt. Hope
  • Missouri Mountain
  • Mt. Oxford
  • Mt. Belford
  • La Plata Peak
  • Ice Mountain
  • North Apostle
  • Mt. Huron
  • Horseshoe Mountain
  • Mt. Sherman
  • Dyer Mountain

Plus bonus peaks: Iowa, Gemini, Peerless, etc

Total Mileage:

  • On foot: 103.8 miles, 48,889′ elevation gain
  • On bike: 136.5 miles, 10,029′  elevation gain
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #4 Notes

A Firey Jagged Mountain

Centennials Summited (13):

  • Pigeon Peak
  • Turret Peak
  • Jupiter Mountain
  • Windom Peak
  • Sunlight Peak
  • North Eolus
  • Eolus Peak
  • Jagged Mountain
  • Vestal Peak
  • Wilson Peak
  • Gladstone Peak
  • Mt. Wilson
  • El Diente

Total Mileage:

  • On foot: 98.1 miles, 42,073′ elevation gain
  • On bike: 42.7 miles, 5,342′ elevation gain
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #2 Notes

Crestones

Centennials Summited (11):

  • Mt. Adams
  • Kit Carson Peak
  • Challenger Peak
  • Columbia Point
  • Humboldt Peak
  • Crestone Needle
  • Crestone Peak
  • Phoenix Peak
  • San Luis Peak
  • Stewart Peak
  • Rio Grande Pyramid

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 85.4 miles, 29,916′ elevation gained
  • By bike: 276.3 miles, 12,298′ elevation gained
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