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12724 B, 13017, "Window Peak", Rio Grande Pyramid & 13278
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12724 B, 13017, "Window Peak", Rio Grande Pyramid & 13278

 
12724 B, 13017, "Window Peak", Rio Grande Pyramid & 13278

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.66630°N / 107.3937°W

Object Title: 12724 B, 13017, "Window Peak", Rio Grande Pyramid & 13278

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 19, 2007

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Aug 22, 2007 / Jan 8, 2014

Object ID: 327488

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Stats

Peak Name
CO Rank
Elevation
12724 B
841
12724
13017
628
13017
“Window Peak”
517
13157
Rio Grande Pyramid
97
13821
13278
417
13278

Distance: ~25.4 miles
Elevation Gain: ~7000'

12724 B

I camped at the Ute Creek Trailhead Saturday night because camping at the Weminuche Trailhead parking area is forbidden. I woke up and drove to the Weminuche Trailhead parking area Sunday morning and left the parking area at 2:30 am. I followed the Weminuche Trail to the Pine River Trail to the Rincon La Vaca Trail. I passed by Opal Lake and got a good view of Rio Grande Pyramid. I left the Rincon La Vaca Trail and contoured to the 13017-12724 B saddle. I climbed towards 12724 B and reached the summit at 8:15 am.
Rio Grande Pyramid from Opal LakeRio Grande Pyramid from Opal Lake

13017

I descended towards the 13017-12724 B saddle and climbed to the base of 13017’s east ridge. The ridge was composed of loose boulders. The climbing was mostly third class with a couple of fourth class moves, but very slow in order to avoid pulling a large boulder on top of me. I reached the summit at 9:22 am.

"Window Peak"

I descended the east ridge, then the north face and traversed to the “Window Peak”-13017 saddle. I followed Window Peak’s easy south ridge and reached the summit at 10:35 am.
 Window Peak “Window Peak” & The Window

Rio Grande Pyramid

I descended Window Peak’s north ridge, then contoured to the east below the hoodoos on the ridge. I walked by The Window, gained the Rio Grande Pyramid-“Window Peak” saddle and began climbing the western of two south facing couloirs on Rio Grande Pyramid. The rock was more stable than I anticipated. It began raining prior to gaining the Continental Divide. I followed the Continental Divide and reached the summit at 11:45 am.
Rio Grande PyramidRio Grande Pyramid’s South Face

13278

I descended the east slopes to the Rio Grande Pyramid-13278 saddle. The rain had ceased, so I ascended 13278’s southwest ridge. The rain started again. I reached the summit at 12:45 pm. The skies were very dark and the rain was falling hard. I descended the 13278’s southeast ridge, then a loose gully and joined the Opal Lake Trail. I followed the Opal Lake Trail to the Weminuche Trail and reached the parking area completing a 14 hour day.
Rio Grande Pyramid, 13278, Window Peak, 13017 & 12724 Map. Click to enlarge.

Images

Rio Grande Pyramid from Opal Lake"Window Peak"The Window from Opal LakeRio Grande PyramidRio Grande Pyramid, 13278, "Window Peak", 13017 & 12724

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