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Elevation: 13,100 ft
GPS: 39.706, -106.259 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ryan Marsters on Jul 28, 2016
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Peaks X, Y, and Z are rugged peaks bounded by the Slate and Boulder Creek drainages, east of the Partners, north of Solitude, and west of Keller.

The traverse is most feasibly done from X to Z at around low fifth, utilizing select east-side bypasses, though it can be kept at class 3 or so utilizing major east-side bypasses.

We did the traverse from the North Fork of Pitkin Creek to the Solitude/X Prime saddle, a bit of bushwhacking and a few hours approach. From the saddle, a bit of scrambling takes one to a narrow knife edge followed by steep slab (bypass right) and the summit of X Prime. Scramble proper, with some interesting stemming, over to X and on to Y. Between Y and Z, a notch stops progress. We downclimbed via the east-side to the notch and bypassed a notch tower prior to regaining the ridge and heading up to Z. Z' can be tacked on for additional fun at class 3.

Return by contouring along an east side bench back to the Solitude/X' saddle and back to Pitkin.

Getting There

Start at the Pitkin Creek TH on the North side of the I-70 frontage road just east of the mile 180 exit. Follow the trail a few miles until the valley split, and leave the trail in a wet meadow just south of East Partner. Pick your way up the valley.

Alternatively, approach by bushwhacking up Boulder Creek or Slate.

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