Juliet Couloir, Mt. Neva
Monsoon storms and warm temperatures were not in our favor this particular week in June. My friend Dana and I switched our objectives multiple times until we landed on a classic in Indian Peaks Wilderness as our last-minute choice.
I have to admit at times I take Indian Peaks for granted with the close proximity to Denver and all the classic lines that are in that area. Maybe it’s because of how overused and busy the area is, especially the 4th of July Trailhead in recent years. The weekday we did this climb we even had tons of traffic at the trailhead early and on a weekday nonetheless.
I also have procrastinated some of the 12ers in Colorado, like Mount Neva, as I have prioritized 14ers and 13ers in recent years. I was delightfully surprised by the fun that was Neva. We caught Juliet basically on the tailend of the season as a decent runnel had formed creating a bergschrund halfway up the route. A spicy cross, but the remainder of the route was pretty chill with a bit of spice on a pretty steep headwall at the top exit.
Dana and I learned a few lessons this day, as we often do in the mountains. Remember to not underestimate 12ers and make sure you’re familiar with the entire route, namely the descent! Regardless, we had a great day out and agreed we got away with this one!