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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby sunny1 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:17 pm

Wow, Barry, that's an awesome pic!
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby Dave B » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:27 pm

Gahugafuga wrote:...


That's awesome! I mean hypothetically at least :-"

Barry Raven wrote:Would definitely be challenging in the winter. There is a technical route on the west face of Knife Point shown here.


:shock: Ooooooooooohhhhh I like that Barry! I'm gonna have to look into that one!
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby Dave B » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:37 pm

Sadly my San Juans ignorance is going to show here, but are the Needles accessible in winter without a serious expedition approach?

Although even if it did take a couple days that would be an amazing trip nevertheless.

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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby Scott P » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:59 pm

The Sawtooth Range (the Colorado one) is made of very hard metamorphic rock (garnet-biotite gneiss?) that is quite nice looking.

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The area north of Grand Junction/Fruita has some very nice hard dark black and pink granite. Same with Unaweep Canyon and Black Canyon of the Gunnison, though you can't collect it in the NPS lands.
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby The_Godfather » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:18 pm

Unique and interesting idea. Congrats btw.

I do wonder though, how this falls into LNT. I mean if the 14ers.com community jumps all over people for leaving things, what about taking things? Now I know that I have collected interesting rocks or items on hikes from all over the world, but I also like LNT. Hmm....well anyway, I'd love to see the rings when complete. I think it will be very cool. Good luck with the wedding, maybe a summit?

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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby Brian C » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:38 pm

The_Godfather wrote:Unique and interesting idea. Congrats btw.


I agree and congrats. This is a very cool idea. Please post photos when the rings are done. Wish I could give you ideas for where to go but I'm not sure. Snowmass has fabulous rock but winter access would be tricky. Good luck!
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby wineguy » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:10 pm

If you are not insisting that your stone come from a summit, consider the boulder field in the amphitheatre on the route to Pyramid. This area has the most interesting and diverse collection of rocks that I've seen on any 14er. Just pondering how all these different rocks ended up in one place stirs a sense of wonder. The boulder field is around 12,000 ft, the biggest boulders are in the center, but the most interesting rocks are toward the edges of the field.
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby Dave B » Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:40 am

The_Godfather wrote:I do wonder though, how this falls into LNT.


That's a good point, and one we considered as well. However, our justification is that the production of diamonds requires heavy disturbance to the land to remove and, while on private land, definitely violates LNT. We feel that in comparison to the mining involved in removing diamonds combined with some touchy political and humanitarian reasons, this decision would actually be lower impact.

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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby The_Godfather » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:04 am

davey_rocket wrote:
The_Godfather wrote:I do wonder though, how this falls into LNT.


That's a good point, and one we considered as well. However, our justification is that the production of diamonds requires heavy disturbance to the land to remove and, while on private land, definitely violates LNT. We feel that in comparison to the mining involved in removing diamonds combined with some touchy political and humanitarian reasons, this decision would actually be lower impact.

See it's easy to justify decisions :D


I can support that :D

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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby MUni Rider » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:51 am

It's been a few years, but I seem to remember Shavano of having some very white rock on the final stretch up the summit mound.
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby Jim Davies » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:14 am

Here's part of the talus field on the way to the Fletcher-Quandary saddle. This is somewhere near upper Blue Lake; I'm not even sure why I took this picture, there must be a pika in there somewhere. :)
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Re: Summits with nice granite for a wedding ring

Postby MtHurd » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:15 am

I am not sure about expedition approach, but it would be a long one. You're basically looking at 10 miles to Needleton from Purgatory, about 2.5 miles along the Animas, then another 5 miles up Noname Basin to the peak. I wouldn't even attempt it in the dead of winter, but perhaps in early November if the snow has been minimal so far.

Here are a couple of pics I took last September.

Knife Point Closeup

NoName Basin with Knife Point

Very lage pic of Knife Point

You also might PM iceisnice on SP. He knows all about the technical routes in the Needles and Grenadiers.

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