Peak(s):  Pigeon Pk - 13,972 feet
Turret Pk A - 13,835 feet
Monitor Pk - 13,695 feet
Thirteen, Pk - 13,705 feet
Animas Mtn - 13,786 feet
Date Posted:  08/27/2014
Modified:  04/23/2015
Date Climbed:   08/15/2014
Author:  dillonsarnelli
 Purgatory to Ruby: Pigeon, Turret and the Animas Group   

Purgatory to Ruby: Pigeon, Turret and the Animas Group

Peaks: Pigeon Peak (13,972), Turret Peak A (13,835), Monitor Peak (13,695), Peak Thirteen (13,705), Animas Mountain (13,786)
Dates: August 14-17, 2014
Trailhead: Purgatory
Approach: Ruby Basin
Distance: ~40 miles
Elevation Gain: ~12,000 ft.
Participants: Nathan Watts, Ray Priebe, Miguel Gonzalez, Dillon Sarnelli

Nate, Ray, Migz and Dana (who couldn't make it due to "work") currently call the east coast their homes. These boys get out quite frequently into the mountains in New England, but the east coast only affords them so much. Once a year they are usually looking to get a little wild and that's when I'll get the call. On their inaugural trip to Colorado 2 years ago we trekked through Wild Basin in RMNP en route to Alice and Chiefs Head via Lion Lakes and then followed it up the next day with a sunrise climb of Longs Peak. Each has his own temperaments and talents, but in the end it always seems to work out, even with Ray who has no qualms calling the Pigeon/Turret saddle a success and may still be referred to as "the Gatekeeper" of the Keyhole. Keep reading...

Purgatory to Ruby: Pigeon, Turret and the Animas Group

Purgatory to Ruby: Pigeon, Turret and the Animas Group

Comments or Questions
08/27/2014 16:16
You are wrong. Regaining the Pigeon/Turret saddle is painful any which way you slice it. Nice, fun report!

Look at your sick day.
08/27/2014 17:27
That is all.

This is
08/27/2014 23:34
awesome. I need to make it down there.

08/28/2014 16:20
Joe - haha, thanks. Good to know it's just plain demoralizing for everyone!

Ben - sick indeed! Hope your summer has been a good one.

mkrier - Thanks man! It was pretty awesome It's worth the trip and then some that's for sure!

08/29/2014 02:32
Solid choice brutha! I'm envious in that taylorz and I were rained outa those darned peaks 3 days in a row just two weeks ago. At least we had whiskey and bomber scenery up there in the basin! We bailed back to Durango, and it friggen rained all morning in Durango the next day.

08/31/2014 18:56
Really liked the writing! Tight and humorous. The pictures were great. I used this actually when I went in a few days ago. Perfect timing.

Awesome stuff
09/01/2014 01:37
Nice read, makes me really home-sick. Loved the photos. I can't get enough of the Weminuche.

thanks again!
09/02/2014 13:47
Dan - got your PM. I'll hit you up today. Thanks man!

Kiefer - thanks for the kind words! Glad I could help you out!

Matt - can't get enough of the Wemi either! thanks.

Nice to meet you
12/28/2014 05:41
My two sons and I were the group that arrived just as it got dark on Thursday and camped near your group. We saw you and Nate the next day a short distance below Pigeon’s summit as you headed down. Glad to see you succeeded on Monitor/Thirteen/Animas the next day. We climbed them the day after you and agreed that these peaks were a blast. Happy climbing!

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