Peak(s):  Avery Peak - 12,653 feet
Date Posted:  08/21/2012
Date Climbed:   08/19/2012
Author:  gb
 My new favorite scramble route  

Those of you who have been past Gothic on Schofield Pass, or ridden a bike on 401, will probably already be familiar with Avery and its "Red Diamond" face.

I've been meaning to climb it for years, but it took until last weekend to finally do it. The face exceeded my expectations- it's simply one of the best friction climbing scrambles you're likely to find anywhere. The face is comprised of 2 distinct types of rock- red sandstone and a whitish conglomerate slightly reminiscent of the Crestones.

Despite being in the heart of the Elks, the rock is quite good- the face is such a uniform slab so the loose stuff gets washed away off many areas of the face, and those are the areas you climb right up. We used rock shoes on the face, as most people do (or sticky rubber approach shoes). Here is the full link: LINK

If you're into scramble routes, you owe it to yourself to come down to Crested Butte and check this one out. Here's a few photos.

 Comments or Questions

Very cool!
08/21/2012 14:43
Yeah, that rock does look a little like Crestone conglomerate! About how many feet do you think the scramble is?


3,000' trhd to summit
08/21/2012 15:00
And I'll say about 1500'- 1800' of scrambling in the gully and on the face. Tough to say since there are so many route choices as to when you get on the face.


Man, I need to get to Gothic
08/21/2012 15:11
Thanks for this. It looks like a great time!


08/21/2012 15:48
Looks like a quality scramble on an interesting face. Thanks for posting it.


Just heard of this
08/21/2012 15:52
From a friend who lived in CB for a few years. He highly reccomended this as well. Thanks for the beta as it was unclear what the optimal ”route” was.


08/21/2012 16:05
On the list. Thanks for posting!


Great find!
08/21/2012 21:31
Looks like a lot of fun, thanks for posting.


Looks fun!
08/21/2012 22:53
Great job, looks like a fun climb!


Easy Money.
08/22/2012 04:54
Never seen this one. Very cool.


08/24/2012 16:53
One of my favorite peaks down in your area. If I remember correctly though it started to rain on our way down and that was actually pretty scary. Great rock though for the Elks.

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