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Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby Hungry Jack » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:33 am

I am always looking for fun class 3/4 traverses that are reasonably accessible from Summit County. I have done Kelso Ridge, Quandary W. Ridge, Longs Loft, and the Helen-Dyer traverse with little qualms.

I am wondering if the Navajo-Apache-Shoshone traverse can be done, including the Kasparov section, while keeping it to class 4. I know some of the towers on the Kasparov are serious 5s, but can they be skirted?

Otherwise, the best sub class 5 IPW traverse appears to be the Arapaho traverse.

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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby Dave B » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:39 am

Apache to Shoshoni (the Kasparov Traverse) is definitely technical. I've heard some one say it can be done with bypassing the 5th class sections but then it's not really the kasparov.

Navajo->Apache is 3+ and looks fun. I've been near it, but never done it.

Also look into Little Pawnee->Pawnee which can be a route finding challenge

Audubon-> Pauite is OK but is really like 2 moves of class 3.
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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby viejo » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:55 am

With a little route finding, you can bypass the chessmen on the east and keep things class 4. Things can be a bit loose from the low point of the saddle south to Apache. Depending on time of year you might have to traverse some snow in a gully below the King. Wouln't hurt to carry an axe.

Also with some route finding, you can find a class 4 up the north side of Toll (there's a sloppier class 3 documented for that as well).

As mentioned, Little Pawnee to Pawnee is a good traverse. Likewise, Navajo to Niwot is a good class 3 walk.

Loop them up however you'd like. It's feasible to loop Audobon/Paiute/Toll/Pawnee/Shoshoni/Apache/Navajo/Niwot. At least it was when I was younger and had some knees (and wind) left.

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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby bergsteigen » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:09 am

There was still some snow on the lower traverse below the King on July 14. I had planned on doing the traverse (minus the class 5.hard) chessman, but the weather turned on me.

Here are some photos for beta: http://otinasadventures.com/index.php?trip=shoshoni

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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby speth » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:34 am

Ontina, is there a snow route open to Apache still? I believe that's Queen's Way in the left of your photo, looks good.

Also, I think there's a "ledges" route somewhere on SP that'll take you up Apache, though I can't remember if that's a traverse from Shoshoni or if you start lower towards the glacial pool directly above Isabelle.
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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby bergsteigen » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:08 am

speth wrote:Ontina, is there a snow route open to Apache still? I believe that's Queen's Way in the left of your photo, looks good.


Yup, the snow in my previous photo is Queen's Way. Not continuous to summit, but still good, with a very early start I'd imagine. Here's the other pano with Navajo and Apache showing whatever snow remains up there:

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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby Hungry Jack » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:02 pm

I don't think the Kasparov traverse is for me, even avoiding the towers. Looks spectacular. I think I will enjoy it from the web.
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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby forbins_mtn » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:06 pm

This just looks sick!!! I might have to add this Kasparov Traverse to the list of Must Climbs. Not sure I could do the Rook's 5.10 face though. I'll have to work my way up to that.

I got out and did the Arapaho traverse this past weekend as my first time in the Indian Peaks and I'm a little obsessed now. Gorgeous area and very easy drive from Denver

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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby Dave B » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:40 pm

forbins_mtn wrote:Gorgeous area and very easy drive from Denver


No it's not, it's a horribly unaesthetic area with too much of a drive to make it worth the while.

Move along, nothing to see here, continue your drive to the Sawatch, there's 14ers there.
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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby forbins_mtn » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:42 pm

Jig is up. Sorry man!

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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby Dave B » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:46 pm

forbins_mtn wrote:Jig is up. Sorry man!


Damn...

Can't hide them in plain site any longer I guess :-D
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Re: Indian Peaks Traverse Beta

Postby bergsteigen » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:56 pm

Not like you'll find a parking spot... :twisted:
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