mount ouray - 13971' - west ridge class 2
This was probably the quickest Centennial I did. It was already well after noon when I drove up the Marshall Pass Road and started hiking up Mount Ouray. The south slopes leading up to the west ridge were very open and no bushwhacking was required. I crested treeline in less than an hour and crested the west ridge shortly after. The long sinuous west ridge was very gentle and the afternoon was very warm and beautiful. I kept a brisk pace all the way up to the summit where I could see great views of the Sangres. The ridge only had one spot I could even call class 2. I enjoyed a beautiful evening on the summit and got some nice photos. I took my time on the descent to take advantage of the nice lighting. Mount Antora was especially nice across the valley. I made it back to the Marshall Pass road shortly before dark and began the drive back.