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 Peak(s):  Grizzly Pk A  -  13,988 feet
Garfield Pk A  -  13,780 feet
Red Mtn B  -  13,500 feet
PT 13,463  -  13,463 feet
 Post Date:  08/22/2008
 Date Climbed:   08/22/2008
 Posted By:  Layne Bracy

 Sawatch Scree   

6:30am: McNasser Gulch TH, 10760' (high clearance required)
9:10am: Grizzly Peak, 13988'
10:10am: Garfield Peak, 13780'
11:15am: Red Mountain, 13500'
12:20pm: 13463
2:30pm: McNasser Gulch TH

approx 4400'/10mi/8hr

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McNasser Gulch
The road into McNasser Gulch is pleasant to follow and I made good progress into the high basin. As I turned north to hit Grizzly Peak's east ridge, I found myself facing a wall of scree. I also realized that I was heading up into some cliff bands, but the thought of traversing anywhere on the scree kept me going straight up. At the cliffs, I found a 20-30' class 4 break and popped up onto the east ridge.
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Grizzly's east ridge - pick your way up through the scree and cliffs!
Some scrambling awaited on the ridge with rock similar to Crestone conglomerate.
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scrambling on Grizzly's east ridge

I enjoyed the view from Colorado's highest ranked 13er(my GPS read 14020' ) and picked my way over to Garfield Pk without much difficulty. East of Garfield I was surprised to see a very rugged summit I had not read about. Reviewing the topo later, "East Garfield" interpolates to 13740' with 200' prominence - I wonder if anyone has climbed it?
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"East Garfield" - unclimbed?

I expected the traverse to Red Mtn to go quickly, but the ridge would not have it. Almost immediately upon leaving Garfield I was forced to bypass, and an hour of negotiating scree amidst steep towers followed. Eventually, I threw in the towel, descending to the scree-field below and then traversed around all the difficulties.
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Class 5 towers bathe in scree on the Garfield-Red ridge.
Beautiful red rock lies just south of Red's summit, and much gentler terrain leads to 13463.
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Red Mtn's red rock and 13463
From 13463, I dropped down scree into the awkwardly named South Fork Lake Creek gulch and began traversing around the difficulties towards the Middle Mtn saddle.
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Middle Mtn from 13463
The ridge to Red Mtn had put me behind my anticipated schedule, and after some estimation I decided that I'd have to skip Middle Mtn if I wanted to be home for dinner. So, despite the poor form of leaving an orphaned 13er, I dropped down into the gulch, catching a trail which led to a road and the vehicle.



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