• Date - 11/26/2020
  • Elevation - 11,500'
  • Route - Scottish Gully/Middle Gully
  • Miles - 2.0
  • Elevation Gain - 500'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Kelly Schlegel, Kevin Smith


The 2020-2021 ice climbing season has been pretty poor so far.  Limited routes have formed in Colorado, and friends report that Hyalite in Montana isn't great either as of mid-November.  Nevertheless, I had been struggling with and recovering from the flu and coronavirus most of November and needed to get out.  I wanted to see if I could do a bit of hiking at elevation and remember how to swing my ice tools.  We had a great morning, regardless of the fact that I forgot my helmet.

I met Kevin and Kelly at the Montgomery Reservoir trailhead around 7:30 am.  The stoke level was relatively high most of the morning.  The weather was good and the ice was acceptable.  The approach was about 3.6 roentgen for me, not great, not terrible.  I led the first pitch of the gully and Kevin led the second pitch.  We rappelled the route and then climbed the first pitch of the middle gully before calling it a day and heading back to the Front Range for some Thanksgiving Day food.


Lincoln Falls from the trailhead.Sunrise over Montgomery Reservoir.Kevin Smith leading pitch 2 of the main gully.Kevin Smith leading pitch 2 of the main gully.Kelly SchlegelKelly SchlegelKelly SchlegelKelly SchlegelKelly SchlegelJames Just on the middle gully.James Just on the middle gully.