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Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby Ecocrazy » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:09 pm

I'm in Breckenridge after several days of climbing, with one more morning before I have to be home. Can anyone recommend a good scramble (class 3-4) near Breckenridge, or between Breck and Denver/Boulder? Preferably something without a big approach, as my knees are getting sore and I'm climbing Longs on Sunday. Thanks all!

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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby jesseskico » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:22 pm

west ridge of pacific is fun, do it, go to the lake, go to atlantic and back to the mayflower th fun!
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby KevinK » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:30 pm

The east ridge of Pacific is also a lot of fun and would avoid driving out of your way to Mayflower gulch. The Roach book rates it 2+ but if you stick to the ridge crest it's pretty solid class 3 with maybe a class 4 move or two for fun. I've also heard good things about the east ridge of Crystal though I haven't done it yet myself.
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:15 pm

I have a real good one... The ridge between Mt. Helen and Father Dyer Peak. Roach has it in his 13ers book as a route to Crystal Peak and he rates it at Class 3. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's tough to avoid some Class 4 moves along the ridge and there is a ton of fun Class 3 scrambling. It also has some big exposure and narrow ridge scrambling. I think it's the best scramble in the area.

I have yet to add it to http://www.breckenridgeclimbing.com, but you take the Mt. Helen route on there and then just drop down and traverse that ridge over to Father Dyer.

Here's part of the ridge, seen from Father Dyer Peak:
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These were taken along the ridge:
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby KevinK » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:12 am

Nice pics Bill. That route on Crystal will be my centennial finisher in the Tenmile range this summer and I can hardly wait. Also, I noticed that the Pacific east ridge route you have on Breckenridge climbing is not the east ridge that I climbed (from the Roach book). It looks like the route you have up is actually the northeast slopes.
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:45 am

Yeah, I have it as the "east ridge" on Pacific because the route ascends the upper east ridge on the mountain.
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby Chicago Transplant » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:56 am

The Father Dyer-Helen ridge is really fun, its like a mini version of Ellingwood Ridge on LaPlata. Defintely tough to keep it 3rd class (as is Ellingwood), but really fun and lots of air!
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby elkheart22 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:39 am

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Yeah, I have it as the "east ridge" on Pacific because the route ascends the upper east ridge on the mountain.


Bill,
Are these the two lakes you split to go up the gully
to gain the east ridge of Pacific?
...And, does this stay class two?
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:06 am

Yes. And it's difficult Class 2 up the gully. Easier with snow, but I'm not sure how late the snow will stay in the gully this year.
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby elkheart22 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:08 am

Thanks Bill...
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Re: Scramble near Breckenridge

Postby ontopoftheworld » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:36 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:I have a real good one... The ridge between Mt. Helen and Father Dyer Peak.


I'm not so sure about this Bill Middleton guy. He really doesn't know what he's talking about... especially when it comes to the Breckenridge area.

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