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Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby doggler » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:59 pm

Hey kids,

What are some of the finest "hidden/underground" Colorado scrambles that you have come across? Roach's book highlights the obvious ones: Capitol's knife edge and the airy pitch ascending the Needle on the Crestone traverse are two that come to mind. Furthermore, Cooper has an entire book dedicated to quality scrambles on lower peaks: Arrow, Engineer Mountain, Lone Cone to name just a few.

What I'd love to hear are some of the scrambles that don't have much beta, scrambles you've come across that aren't well-known, are hard to access....scrambles on the down low, if you will. Following is my contribution.

Just yesterday, I got a chance to stumble across one of the most awesome scrambling pitches I have ever encountered. From the Lindsey/"Huerfanito" saddle, Jake and I took the "Huerfanito" east ridge proper (mostly) until we topped out. Later parts of the line were quite sketchy. I saw some of the most rotten rock I have ever seen in the Sangres here. However, the initial headwall hid this amazing cave-tunnel-hole thing that required a good 50 feet of low class 5 ascending.
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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby SpringsHiker » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:06 pm

Looks like a great climb Sean. Most anything I could think of I'm fairly certain you have done. One possibility: the connecting ridge from Treasure to Treasury, if you stay true to the ridge on the ascent to Treasury looks like a nice wall with class 4 and maybe some low class 5. Not a huge wall but one nice, sustained section.

Trying to find my pictures of it but not finding them...will post when I locate them.
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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby Sugar Madison » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:31 pm

East Beckwith was a pretty fun scramble. Kane did a write-up on it on SP a long time ago... "Five Cirque Traverse". I did the cirque he didn't do. All looked really fun.

http://www.summitpost.org/five-cirquetraverse-north-ridge/159044

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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby Sugar Madison » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:34 pm

Not sure I have the stones for this one... but *DAYAM* it looks sweet!

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http://www.summitpost.org/chair-mountain/216997/c-216987

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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby bethtrombone » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:50 pm

The Indian Peaks has some great traverses. I have done the South-North Arapaho traverse (class 3 with some 4 moves), the Mt. Neva ridge (Class 3/4), and the Mt. Bancroft ridge (Class 4 with a rappel and a short 5.2 climb). Then there's the Kasparov Traverse which I want to do some day. http://www.summitpost.org/indian-peaks-traverse-shoshoni-peak-apache-peak-navajo-peak-niwot-ridge/669823

I've been playing with some of the climbs on this list as well: http://www.summitpost.org/colorado-ridge-scrambles/190898
Have done about 10 of them plus some others as well. There are a lot of great scrambles out there if you look for them!
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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby Scott P » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:13 pm

The Sawtooth Range is one of my favorites in Colorado. Great scenery, excellent rock, and I've never run into other people there. It's like the Gore Range, but with a lot less people.

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First photos is Jack Brauer's:

http://www.mountainphotography.com/photo/sawtooth-lake/
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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby jam6880 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:40 pm

Kit Carson north ridge
northeast face of little bear

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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby Marmot72 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:38 pm

I love this thread and am bookmarking for future ideas. To revisit some 14ers, Crestones north buttress is a stout airy class 4, and taking the Capitol ridge direct gets into class 4 that renders the knife edge trivial.

The rock quality in the IPW is hard to beat. I liked Navajo and a variation I found to climb from the saddle instead of first contouring around the back side. You are faster than I am, I think, so perhaps you could complete the Willow Lake ridge tour. The ridge south from Adams is pretty sweet.

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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby Pennacle » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:18 pm

Chair Mountain looks like a good time but the post says there is some red tape to cut through to gain access to the private land. Perhaps a 14ers group climb could help gain access??? I'd be up for this.

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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:23 pm

Not trying to promote my outings but this was fun...Billy Traverse

This is also a big time favorite of mine which Otina documented awesomely (Wayah Group

West Truro to Truro really fun and gendarmy.

Cats out of the bag....? Thanks for the tip of Huerf Sean.
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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby Tory Wells » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:42 pm

Marmot72 wrote:I love this thread and am bookmarking for future ideas.

I liked this thread for scrambling ideas as well.
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Re: Colorado's best "on the d/l" scrambles

Postby k-berger » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:59 pm

Wow, those pics of the sawtooth range are spectacular, any good class 3/4 recommendations there?

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