Mt. Evans

Mt. Evans was my season opener for 14ers this year. Yet again, I did not have perfect conditions, but this time I wasn't turning back. Matt and I started early in the morning on the route through the willows. The ground (and ice and snow) was still frozen, so the hike out through the willows wasn't all that bad. When we gained the ridge, things got interesting. The winds were ridiculous with gust around 40 mph. We were miserable, but neither of us wanted to need to do this route again. We had a brief break on the summit where we ran into the only three people we would see all day. We battled the winds back down the ridge and things took the usual turn towards miserable when we got to the willows again. Everything had melted out and we had to hack our way through a mile or two of muddy cold swamp. (It was so miserable that I didn't even pull out the camera once to document the situation.) I am so glad to have this peak off of my list!
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