Saint Sophia Ridge description Comments
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|A little vague on the description. Which summit? St Sophia ridge connects Mount Emma (13,581') and Mendoza Peak (13,275'). As said the rock is super sketch; a rope and rack seem more of a liability as trusting ANYTHING is bad. I approached from town via Tomboy Rd and cut up the ridge to Little Mendoza Peak just above the Bullion Tunnel. Once to St Sophia much meandering and route-finding necessary. High exposure 4th and low 5th class climbing up and down and around the towers. I was able to go over about half and traverse the others. Sticking to the ridge line I then gained Emma and dropped down the west ridge and jumped on the Sneffels Highline Trail back to town. 11hrs car-to-car from the top of Oak Street in town. The whole deal looks unlikely but myriad ledges, chimneys and sneaks present themselves the whole way. Pay careful attention to route-finding and maintain the ridge top as much as you can. High consequence 5.5 and lower mandatory. A rope and rack and partner even will likely slow you down and get you into trouble. EVERYTHING is choss. But so aesthetic of an adventure... |
You can easily bail from most places on the mile-long St Sophia Ridge to the east into Governor Basin.
|Posted Oct 4, 2009 4:18 am|
|John Kirk||Re: Eh?|
|Here's a photo of the highest part of the ridge:|
|Posted Oct 4, 2009 10:35 am|