with Monitor, Peak Thirteen and then Animas. Fun adventure with friends under questionable conditions.
End of a long day out of Purgatory, starting with Pigeon. There are some annoying cliffs on the descent if you go too far right. Trip report.
The forecast for this day was bad, but a bit before 9am it was clearing, so we thought we'd see how far we could get. We got all three! I agree that, just before the final ridge, there was one 5.0 move. There was a finger crack on the left and a small chimney just a few feet to the right of it. The crack was probably 5.0. The chimney may be c4, but I thought the crack was the easier descent option. In any case, it wasn't that bad. We got a 5 or 10 minute hail storm on the way down which oiled up the steep grass quite a bit!
Overlooking my house!
With Monitor and Peak 13. Glad to hear others thought there was a class 5 move, we also found that one!
Again not as hard as people make it out to be. The descent from Peak Thirteen was the hardest part of the whole ridge. The final 50' or so can be Class 4+ if taken directly, but there are likely easier ways.
The second hardest part was finding a way down. Be careful on the loose rock.
#29 of 31 on 10 day trip.
Climbed up (and I do mean up!) from camp in Ruby to a shelf below Thirteen, then went up Monitor, over Thirteen, and up Animas. Descended back down to the basin from here through a series of steep loose sketchy gullies that we were not always sure would get us out okay, but it worked and we still made the train (barely!).
Beautiful day, great views!
A fun scramble in a beautiful setting. The most obvious route up the SW face has a very short 5.0 crux and is otherwise 3rd class. The scrambling section is fairly short.
Ran into a couple exposed 5th class rock moves, though I'm not the best at patienlty finding the easiest route. Took a self-portrait on top naked in the yoga "tree" pose. It seemed like the appropriate thing to do, truly.
7 hours from Peak Thirteen, Monitor Peak and Needleton.