Mountaineering – Mounts Ouray and Chipeta

Mt Chipeta, Pt 13472, and Mt. Ouray
Panorama taken on the side of Mount Ouray (13,971 ft).

Mount Ouray is to the far right of the frame, while a ridge leading to Mount Chipeta and Pt 13,472 stretches out in front. Fred and I decide to tackle Mount Ouray. Later, we make an attempt on Pt 13,472 but decide to turn around on the summit of Chipeta.

Mt Ouray - Not A Selfie
On the summit of Mount Ouray

Mount Ouray was named after Chief Ouray, leader of the Uncompahgre band of the Utes. According to Legends of America, he married Chipeta in 1859 and they were together until the Chief died in 1880.

Dandelions and Mt Ouray
The flowered fields on Mt Ouray’s South Side

Our Schedule
Carpool meetup – 4am
Depart Marshall Pass TH – 5:35am
Gain the Ridge – 6:35am
Mount Ouray Summit – 8:35am
Back to Ridge – 10am
Mount Chipeta Summit – 11:45am
Back to Ridge – 1:20pm
Back to Marshall Pass TH – 2pm

Marshall Pass Trail Head
Marshall Pass Trail Head – It’s busy because the CO trail goes through here!

A Mountaineer Ascending Mt Ouray
Mount Ouray was completely obscured by frosty clouds the entire morning. We hoped it would clear away by the time we got there!

Mt Ouray Still Cloaked in Clouds
Little hope of the clouds lifting…We are just continually pummeled by sustained 40-50mph winds.

Summit GPS on Mt Ouray
My Garmin on the summit of Mt Ouray. Definitely not a 14er!

Summit Smile on Mt Ouray
I think my face froze in this smile, while being on the summit. It was so cold…

Mt Ouray Summit Register
Summit Register

View Of Pt 13472 from Ouray
We decided to go for Pt 13472, which is the big peak to the right of frame. We only make it to Mount Chipeta, which is just to the left of that Pt.

My Spot on Mt Chipeta
My Spot on Mt Chipeta, with Pt. 13,472 taunting me in the background.

Mt Ouray from Mt Chipeta
Mt Ouray from Mt Chipeta. I can’t believe we were on top of Mt Ouray a few hours ago…it looks…so…far…away!

Grumpy on Mt Chipeta
Not happy about the continual, freezing onslaught of wind.

Ridge to Pt 13472
Looking back at Chipeta and Pt 13472 (unsummitted).

Sheep Mountain and Marshall Pass
The final descent to Marshall Pass TH. Sheep Mountain is in the background.

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