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Babcock Peak 4 Summit Traverse 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Apr 15, 2011

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The 4 summits of Babcock Peak from Tomahawk Basin.


There are four summits to Babcock Peak, this traverse climbs all of them from east to west. Begin on the easy slopes to the east of summit #1 (the eastern summit). From high in Tomahawk Basin, the approach is obvious. Follow 3rd class terrain up to summit of #1. Descend to the saddle between #1 and #2. The semi-technical summit of peak # 2 is reached with some moderate climbing where a rope may be helpful. There was webbing here last visit for a rap. Continue around the south side of the ridge up to the summit of #3. Traverse over to #4.

Extra credit (and extra fun): keep traversing the ridge out to Spiller Peak, or over to Moss Peak, or both.


On the central-west side of the La Plata mountains, one finds Tomahawk Basin. There is a fairly decent 4WD road leading up into the basin from the main 2WD road. Drive this to the end, and then hike into the upper basin.


A light alpine rack for summit #2. Some webbing.

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