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Looking northwest from the summit. Gold Dust Peak is the mountain with a flat top. 7-13-2004.

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KaneJim..

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What's the big one to the right of Gold Dust? Eagle?
Posted Jul 15, 2004 10:32 am

ColonelpyatRe: Jim..

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The big one on the right is UN 13346. I'd been eyeballing that one on the map for a while but never had a real look at it until now. Eagle is the flat top mountain to the left of Gold Dust and Fools is left of Eagle.
Posted Jul 15, 2004 2:38 pm

Mountain JimUN 13,346

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The Ormes Guide to Colorado Mountains gives it the unofficial name of "Finnegan Peak." We did what was most likely the 1st ascent of the East Face on August 6, 1982. It was a very interesting climb that looked very difficult on the approach, but ended up going 3rd class up a very steep, exposed face. We felt a little foolish carrying enough technical gear to do The Diamond.
Posted May 8, 2006 3:34 am

ColonelpyatRe: UN 13,346

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Thanks for that info Jim. I kind of like the name given in older editions of the Ormes book. (In fact I like everything about those editions better.) Gerry Roach happens to call this peak "North Gold Dust" and the hardened peak baggers seem to leave it at UN 13,346. I was calling it "that big 13er over near New York Lake" for a while.

I know what you mean about that east face. I've had good looks at it from a few of the peaks around there and it looks more like the diamond than class three. I've been wanting to climb it from that direction for a while now. Glad to know I can lighten the load as there's sure to be some nasty bushwhacking involved.
Posted May 27, 2006 5:43 am

Mountain JimRe: UN 13,346

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I agree about the name. To call it "North Gold Dust" seems a little insulting since it certainly is a separate peak.
The approach wasn't too bad from the west. There's a good deal of boulder hopping across the basin getting to the Gold Dust-Finnegan saddle, but once we were over the saddle we traversed the prominent ledge system northward to get to the bottom of our route. Getting down Finnegan's west slope was a bit of a scree and talus workout in some fairly steep gullies, as I recall.
Thanks for posting some good information about this spectacular area.
One other thing, I'm curious if anyone else has climbed the steep snow/ice couloir on the North Face of Savage Peak?
Posted May 29, 2006 12:43 am

ColonelpyatRe: UN 13,346

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I would presume that couloir on Savage has been climbed a few times. It's a hard one to miss and is visible from the road over there in places. I took a good look down it and it looks hairy. What's amazing about it is that it has seen ski descents. Lou Dawson covers it in one of his books. Hardly looks wide enough to do any sort of turn.
Posted May 31, 2006 7:08 am

Mountain JimRe: UN 13,346

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Wow !!! Skiers are crazier than climbers. It does get a wee bit narrow in places.
Thanks for the info ... keep up the good work.
Posted May 31, 2006 9:00 pm

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ColonelpyatSubmitted by Colonelpyat
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