So last weekend’s snow storm made it pretty much a no brainer to hang out in the Denver area and miss all the I-70 craziness. A few buddies and I had planned to climb Cristo Couloir on Quandary on Sunday, but with that plan on hold for the time being, I felt the need to get out and do some climbing after all. Well, turns out that Denver’s highest point is only about a 9 mile drive away, so with ice ax and helmet at the ready I called Darcie to go with me to document the occasion. A little bit of internet research showed that the point was just off a sidewalk off on Kipling in the SW corner of the city. A 25 foot hike through snow quickly brought us to the top, and I got my summit photo. Beers were necessary after of course…it’s tradition!
If you decide to go climb the highest point in Denver, there are a few special hazards to be aware of that the average mountaineer may not be used to. The shopping mall where you park might be patrolled by a guy in a segway. If you’re quick, he’s pretty easy to avoid. Since this is located in the ‘burbs, you’ll also have to dodge mini-vans full of mothers taking their kids to soccer practice. Finally, you might be distracted by the wide availability of quick and easy fast food chains. Hold fast…better nutrition is available not too far to the north back in the center of the city!
Just in case you’re looking for it, the coordinates are: 39.626701, -105.109728