Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 16000 ft (4848 m), Grade IV|
|Page Views:||813 total · 9/month|
|Shared By:||Stiles on Nov 14, 2013|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
Just north of Peak 13,343 is a ridgeline much like Saint Sophia that requires bypass on its north side on steep, loose Fourth Class terrain above Rock Lake. There is a real old mining spike in an unlikely saddle on the ridge, which is Badass to've placed. The ridgeline up to Peak 13,242 is also problematic and requires some meandering and steep loose climbing. Low fifth class.
The ridgeline widens considerably and it is a quick and very pleasant stroll over Peaks 13,369; 13,463 and 13,337 to Mendoza Peak (13,275'), Second Class.
Saint Sophia Ridge is untraversed in its entirety. This is obviously the crux of Section A. Climb around, over, and through the many spires along the ridge on exposed choss. Struggle to a point halfway along and the low spot in the ridge; there is a steep, skinny chimney on the right that can be downclimbed east to a scree shelf. Many of these exits exist along the way to the east. The whole of St Sophia Ridge can be bypassed via a scree shelf on the Governor Basin side. Traverse the scree shelf north and climb Mount Emma (13,581') via scree gullies. There is a large flat-topped buttress along the ridge to Emma from the southeast that can be walked around rather than climbed over, Fifth Class.
Eight thirteeners total. Continue on with Section B to Gilpin Peak or descend the West ridge of Emma to the Sneffels Highline Trail (fourth class). It is also possible to descend the Southwest ridge of Emma and climb Greenback Mountain (12,997'), and descend to town from there, Fourth Class.
Blocktop Mtn (beyond Gilpin) seems to be the crux and ceases progression towards Dallas. A natural and fun addition to these peaks is continuing over Gilpin (bypass major cliffband on left side) and climbing Sneffels along the ridge from Gilpin, which is very high quality. This should be the standard finish, on Sneffels.