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What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby timf » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:51 pm

Count on me to think of an oddball question like this and perhaps isolated and exotic aren't synonymous.
So what would you consider to be Colorado's most isolated/exotic mountain?

Not necessarily to find an equivalent or comparison, but in Wyoming some might say the likes of Gannett Peak qualifies.

So what about Colorado?
Rio Grande Pyramid?
The Chicago Basin 13ers?
Mount Oso?
Snowmass Mountain?
A letter in the Gores?

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby MtHurd » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:07 pm

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/225744/-outlaw-peak.html

As far as Alpine peaks, I'd probably say somewhere near Jagged (although not the least visited), although nothing in Colorado is anywhere near Wyoming in isolation. The train might make Oso (or another peak nearby) a tad bit more isolated that Jagged if you count it, but not more exotic.
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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby tmathews » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:11 pm

Barry Raven wrote:http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/225744/-outlaw-peak.html


Ah, yeah. I remember seeing that TR for the first time last year. Great stuff!

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby Rich H » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:24 pm

Weminuche Pk...maybe.

Hagues Pk in RMNP is a long ways from a trail head too
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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby lordhelmut » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:39 pm

Yeah, Hagues is pretty remote. Gotta love that 8-9 mile hike out after the Mummy Mania.

Some of those Gore peaks aren't necesarily remote as the crow flies, but have some damn long approaches, specially on the east side (thanks to private property issues). Slate Creek drainage pretty much requires a pack in, unless you really enjoy torturing yourself. Peaks L,Q,R,S,T,X,P and J are all anything but straightfoward to reach.

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby Phill the Thrill » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:43 pm

exotic - "attractive or striking because colorful or out of the ordinary" - using this definition, my pick is Vestal Peak. Very striking, remote, with an extended class 4/5 route (Wham Ridge). I would love to climb that one someday!
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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby climbing_rob » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:42 pm

All excellent choices! Vestal, Hagues, but I think Jagged is maybe my all-time-favorite remote and "exotic" peak. Wow.

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby MountainMan88 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:05 pm

Cool topic!
There are quite a bit of possibilities, so I'll list a few for both:

Remote:
Rio Grande Pyramid
Mount Oso
Summit Peak
Storm King Peak
Jagged Mountain

Exotic:
Vestal Peak
Arrow Peak
Jagged Mountain
Storm King Peak
Peak C
Lone Eagle Peak
Pigeon Peak

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby MtHurd » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:46 pm

Knife Point

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby timf » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:58 am

climbing_rob wrote:All excellent choices! Vestal, Hagues, but I think Jagged is maybe my all-time-favorite remote and "exotic" peak. Wow.


I know looking at all the grenadier centennial 13er pictures in Roach's book thinking how crazy some of them look.
I then remember in Chicago Basin (alas I only did N. Eolus while with some popular cohorts of yours go figure!) seeing all of them first hand and had to pinch myself because they looked so surreal. Definitely one of those "Oh my God!" moments. Definitely have to go back to finish some business there.

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby RobertPetrowsky » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:39 am

If you want to get away from the alpine summits I suppose some places in or around dinosaur may be as isolated as anything in the state and definately exotic. The area around outlaw arch is supposed to have multiple rappels in and very difficult to get out of.

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Re: What is Colorado's most isolated/exotic peak?

Postby elcap5 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:21 pm

Vestal and Arrow certainly fit your criteria. Very isolated and stunning to look at. Vestal's Wham ridge is one of Colorado's outstanding alpine routes, long, easy to moderate climbing, and decent rock. Enjoy It !!!! You won't be sorry.

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