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Babcock Peak 4 Summit Traverse T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Knife, The T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Right Couloir from Boren Creek T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13
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Elevation: 13,149 ft
GPS: 37.439, -108.081 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Kevin Sainio on May 20, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Babcock Peak (and its three sub peaks) separates Tomahawk Basin from Boren Creek Basin on the West side of the La Platas. Babcock Peak is a difficult climb and a rope and gear is recommended on some routes. This is in the San Juans, so loose rock is mandatory.

Getting There

Your can get to Babcock Peak either by driving up Tomahawk basin, parking at the mine and hiking to the end of the basin where you will find gullies leading to the top (unconfirmed). Or, drive up Boren Creek on an old mining road (take a left immediately after you cross Boren Creek). The road is horrible, so drive until you come to a small creek crossing the road and park there, walk the road until you reach the basin. 1-2 hours approach time.

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For the Boren Creek approach, the road is currently drivable for ATVs up to the mine at the end, but there's a large downed tree about half way up the road that would be difficult to get by even in a small vehicle, but probably just barely doable in a narrow vehicle without sliding into the bushes. Regardless, the lower switchbacks are mostly 3 point turns even in a Jeep, and the first one is interesting coming down, quite fun sliding sidways on loose rock on a tight, off kilter switchback before even being able to start the 3 point turn. And if you have street oriented tires, don't be surprised if you get a flat. Aug 30, 2009

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