Peak(s):  "Fancy Pk"  -  13,192 feet
Point 12,940 - 12940
Date Posted:  10/12/2008
Date Climbed:   10/08/2008
Author:  Furthermore
 A fine dynamic late season duo  

~8.2 Miles, ~3,900 Gain

I had to plan something somewhat short since I had a harder physical trip planed on the 9th (non- mountain related). I chose to tap into the northern Sawatch since I haven't climbed many peaks in that area, and "Fancy Peak" and point 12,940 looked good. After leaving late from Denver, my wife and I arrived at the Fancy Pass trailhead around 8:30 AM and started hiking around 9:00 AM. We followed the Fancy Pass trail up to Fancy Lake and then continued on up to Fancy Pass. The trail was excellent and was a nice shift in pace to some of the other thirteener bushwhacks I have experienced this year. Since my wife just bought new boots, she stopped at the top of Fancy Pass, and waited for me to tag "Fancy Peak." As I proceeded north from the saddle, the ridge initially was rough class 2 but eased into a nice hike to the summit. The views to the west were excellent.

After returning to Fancy Pass, I proceeded on the ridge south to point 12,940. The snow was definitely sticking around on the north facing slopes. At ~12,700 I traversed southeast to bypass point 12,867 and continued on the northwest ridge to the summit of 12,940. From the summit of 12,940, Savage Peak looked awesome; I can't wait to return next spring to climb the Savage couloir.

I descended on snow covered rock directly down the northeast face of 12,940 toward Fancy Lake where I met up with my wife. Since I wasn't in a hurry to get back to the car, I ended up taking a nap at the lake, and enjoyed a perfect weather day on the hike out.

Point 12,940 from Fancy Lake.

"Fancy Pass" Peak from Fancy Lake.

Looking north on the class 2 Ridge to "Fancy Pass" Peak.

Views to the west from the summit of "Fancy Pass" Peak.

Point 12,940.

Savage Peak from Point 12,940.

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 Comments or Questions

Very nice
10/15/2008 18:51
climb and TR. Too bad your wife had to wait at the pass! Did you need 4WD to get to your TH?


10/17/2008 00:39
No need for 4WD; It is definitely doable in 2WD.

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