There are a few mountains I can skip without regret. Abram is not one of them. Abram is compulsory. A summer without at least one Abram summit feels incomplete.
Bobbie and I delight in sharing our mutual infatuation with trails and summits with friends. And it's even more rewarding when it's new territory for them.
Such was the case with Ruthie and Michelle regarding climbing Mount Abram. Whether resident or tourist, Abram's striking pyramidal shape demands attention. It's Lovely Ouray's Eiffel Tower, and to live here and not ascend it's demanding tundran slope is nothing short of sacrilege.
Right off the bat, Abram tests resolve. The standard approach is a precipitous rocky couloir that typically holds snow till 4th of July or beyond. A frozen couloir full of snow is not unlike a bobsled run, less the curves. Thus, climbers best come prepared to pull a self-arrest.
But the weather has been warm and our skies not cloudy all day, so our mini glacier was sun-softened and friendly with purchase. Soft snow beats loose rocks any day. A little over half way up to the ridge line, unfortunately, we ran out and were cast upon creek-scree.
|Michelle runs out of snow on the way to the ridge saddle|
|Note our progress from small pond dead-center in the above photo...our starting point.|
|Views from the "saddle"|
|Looking cross-valley to Richmond Pass (center) and Hayden Mountain (right of center). We were there a week or so back.|
|Bobbie and Ruthie gain the saddle, while Red Mountains smolder in the distance|
|The ups and downs of ridge running are more to Michelle's liking. The grassy green knob of Abram awaits to her left.|
|Bobbie and Ruthie enjoy stepping out after the tough grind up the approach couloir.|
|But like I said...the ridge run has its ups and downs...|
|So close she can almost taste it...|
|Ugh...The final push is as steep as the initial push|
|This view brings a smile...|
|The joy/relief of topping out. Note Lovely Ouray way down in the valley.|
|Ruthie is thrilled to finally check this box off her bucket list|
|We hike down a ways to get a better view of Lovely Ouray|
|Time to head down...|
Hope your enjoyed our Abram hike.
Mark, Bobbie, Ruthie and Michelle