Cooper Peak South Buttress Variation

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Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Sep 5, 2011
Activities:
Mountaineering
Season:
Summer
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Cooper Peak South Buttress Variation
Created On: Jan 23, 2012
Last Edited On: Jul 23, 2013

General Info

Cooper Peak
Elevation: 12,296’
Trailhead: Monarch Lake
Route:South Buttress Variation from Monarch Lake
Round Trip Mileage: Approximately 21
Climbers: Bryan Bergstrom and Tracy Roach
Date: September 5, 2011


Approach

From the Monarch Lake Trailhead, take the Cascade Trail for approximately 3.3 miles until you reach the Buchanan Pass Trail. Follow the Buchanan Pass Trail 2.2 miles until you reach the Gourd Lake/Buchanan Pass Trail junction. Follow the Gourd lake Trail 2.7 miles to the lake.

We skirted around the right side of Gourd Lake into this talus filled gulley:

Approach
 


One of the small ponds below Island Lake. There were some small rainbow trout in here.

Bryan
 

Our view of Cooper Peak from the small pond:

Cooper Peak
 


Picking the line. I love looking up at mountains, picking a line that I know nothing about and just going.

S. Buttress Approach
 




Our Route. It had an estimated 500' vertical of technical climbing with 1500' of elevation gain.

Our Line
 


Our first pitch:

P1
 


This is where I began the third pitch. From this point we traversed right onto the steeper rock. In between pitches this was a common sight; intermittent sections of 3rd class rock scattered with talus and boulders. The route was surprisingly solid.

Traverse Right
 


Looking down on Island Lake from higher up on the route. I was about 100' from the top of our climb at this point.

Looking down
 



This is the top of the South Buttress route, heading to the summit.

Top of South Buttress
 



A womans place is on top:

Cheese
 


 

We descended the Southwest slopes. This was our view:

Descent
 


Further down with Gourd Lake in the background:

Heading down
 
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The End









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Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jan 23, 2012 10:11 am - Voted 10/10

Looks like...

A beautiful day and a fun climb. Thanks for sharing the TR, Tracy!

Sarah

Bill Reed

Bill Reed - Jan 25, 2012 8:24 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice report!!

That peak reminds me a little of Mt Toll. Looked like a great day for it, thanks for sharing your day!!

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Jan 26, 2012 11:03 am - Hasn't voted

Thanks guys!

Bill, from certain aspects the buttress reminds me of Toll too.

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