Why Peak C? It's official unnamed, you won't find it on any map, only 13,200 feet, why would anyone want to climb such a thing?
|That Picture! Posted by Monster5, a SummitPost Member (Thank you Monster5!)|
We woke up at 3:30 AM at Steve's parents condo in Avon, Colorado, home of Beaver Creek Ski Resort, which to be honest I had heard of but never knew where it was. It seems to be the Vail for both those with a lot more money, and those who don't care about the name recognition of Vail who have maybe a little less money than the standard Vail crowd.
After brewing some coffee, and making sure that everything was packed, we drove to the trailhead north of I-70 about 30 minutes on a good dirt road, I know for a fact that a Toyota Previa could have made it up the road.
We started at 5:17 AM just as the sun was coming up.
|Peak C in the center and Mount Powell on the left.|
|Peak G (I think) to the South...|
|Steve hiking up the unnamed Kneeknocker Pass.|
|North Face of Peak C from the Northwest Ridge|
|Steve leading the first pitch.|
We climbed a number of actual pitches, maybe four or five, and then we did a fair amount of simul-climbing (simultaneously climbing both of us at the same time with the rope and a few pieces of protection between us). Around 11 AM the clouds started to build and we were nervous it would rain so we moved a little faster to get up and down.
We made it up to the summit at 12:30, our proclaimed turn around time based on the weather that day. We took a couple pictures and a video. Then we began the descent down, hoping to avoid the rail while rappelling. There are no bolts or pitons on this route, so we repelled off of rock horns leaving no gear behind, which is a perpetually nerve racking event. I liked this climb for the large number of skills we had to use. It wasn't blindly following a topo to the next two bolt belay station, or waiting in line on the route. The first 12 hours we were out we only saw one other person close enough to talk to, a guy with two llamas.
The descent turned into a bit of an adventure. It looked easier to go through the valley to the south of the valley we hiked up, we both agreed. However, once we got to the treeline it turned into a route finding mess as we found cliff after cliff after cliff and ended up repelling when we were almost at the river.
|Our Route Up the Northwest ridge of Peak C and down the Southwest Valley|
|Previa! With a roof rack! Also, Peak C in the middle of the picture, left side of mountains in the background.|
Car to car it took us 12 hours 48 minutes reaching our car at 6:05 PM, and we were never rained on. It was a very good day in the mountains!