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Name These Beauties

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Name These Beauties

Postby monghetti » Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:30 pm

After a second year of labor day weekend camping at Willow Lakes in the Gore Range, I was wondering if anyone new the names of these peaks. The first year I was here I was blown away by the scenery and this year I just wanted to climb the peaks. Anyone have any idea of their names? Ever climbed them? The hike in is about 6 miles northwest of Silverthorne. Thanks
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Re: Name These Beauties

Postby traderaaron » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:02 pm

I believe they aren't individual peaks but are collectively known as the Zodiac Spires.

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Re: Name These Beauties

Postby Layne Bracy » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:05 pm

Your photo is of the Zodiac Spires, unranked summits along the ridge between Red Pk to the south and Mt Silverthorne to the north. I don't know anything about climbing them but assume they are technical.

Here is a reference for the peaks in the quad - you can click to locate the individual spires or to get a map of all the summits.

Willow Lakes Quad

Here is a photo by SteamboatClimber on summitpost showing the ridge in your photo but from the west, so the summits appear transposed:

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Re: Name These Beauties

Postby monghetti » Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:27 pm

Thanks Traderaaron and Layne. Looking forward to a bit more research on the ridge and surrounding 13ers!

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Re: Name These Beauties

Postby thejourneyishome » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:46 am

I'd recommend looking in the guidebook "Mountaineering in the Gore Range" by Joseph D. Kramarsic. He describes all the zodiac spires and has some basic route info. There's everything from class 2 to 5th class available on them. I'd suggest heading to the AAC library in Golden to look at the book, but uh, I currently have it checked out. . .

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