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Colorado Scrambles, 2nd Edition

Colorado Scrambles, 2nd Edition

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Object Title: Colorado Scrambles, 2nd Edition

Manufacturer: The Colorado Mountain Club Press

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Page By: Pete Castricone

Created/Edited: Oct 11, 2010 / Oct 11, 2010

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Product Description

Title: Colorado Scrambles, Beyond the Beaten Path
Author: Dave Cooper
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: The Colorado Mountain Club Press; 2nd edition (August 17, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979966337
ISBN-13: 978-0979966330
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches

This book is an updated version of Cooper's original "Colorado Scrambles, A Guide To 50 Select Climbs In Colorado's Mountains," published in 2005. The new book contains high quality color images and small topos with GPS waypoints and is organized as follows.

  • Round-trip distance
  • Round-trip time
  • Starting elevation
  • Highest elevation
  • Elevation gain
  • Season
  • Jurisdiction
  • Maps


If you are a more experienced alpinist looking for something other than 14er peak bagging escapades, grab this book for some interesting routes that feature alpine rock climbing from Class 3 to low Class 5. Depending on your inclination for difficulty, any one of these routes may present an opportunity where carrying a short rope may be beneficial. I'm only adding this from personal experience.

For each of the 50 scrambles included in the book, Cooper includes an overview of the climb, a getting there section, his personal comments, and a well-thought out description of the approach (if applicable) and route. The photographs are of high quality and, when Cooper finds it necessary, are shots of the crux or difficult to find points along the route. Having met Cooper on a climb of Atlantic Peak, I found him to be quite personable and down-to-earth (and rather tall), so I have to laugh at all the pictures he has included of himself in this book.

The book claims to include the 50 best scrambles in Colorado. While one could debate this claim, the scrambles are of high quality and usually quite difficult. The routes in this book are not intended for novices.

And, here they are...


La Plata Range

1. The Knife - Babcock Peak to Spiller Peak
2. Lavender Peak and Mount Moss

Grenadier Range

3. Arrow Peak - NE Face
4. Trinity Traverse

Needle Mountains

5. Jagged Mountain
6. Pigeon Peak

Middle Cimmaron

7. Coxcomb
8. Heisshorn
9. El Punto

Ouray-Silverton Area

10.U.S. Grant
11. Pilot Knob
12. Vermillion and Golden Horn
13. Lookout Peak
14. SW Ridge of Mt. Sneffels
15. Engineer Mountain - NE Ridge

San Miguel Range

16. Lone Cone - NE Ridge

Sangre de Cristo Range

17. Milwaukee to Pico Asilado
18. Tijeras Peak
19. Music Mountain - South Ridge
20. Crestone Traverse
21. Little Bear-Blanca Traverse

Gore Range

22. Peak Q
23. Peak L
24. Peak R
25. Grand Traverse
26. West Partner Peak
27. East Partner Peak
28. Peak C
29. Eagles Nest to Mount Powell
30. Keller Mountain - East Ridge

Tenmile and Mosquito Range

31. Tenmile Range Traverse (partial: Tenmile-3-4-5)
32. Quandary - North Ridge
33. Pacific Peak - East Ridge
34. Father Dyer
35. Mayflower Gulch Traverse (partial: Drift-Fletcher-Atlantic)

Sawatch Range

36. La Plata - Ellingwood Ridge
37. Ice Mountain - North Ridge
38. Fools Peak - North Ridge


39. S to N Araphoe Traverse
40. Mount Neva - North Ridge
41. Lone Eagle Peak
42. Navajo Peak
43. Little Pawnee to Pawnee Traverse


44. Meeker to Longs via Loft and Clark's Arrow
45. Little Matterhorn
46. McHenry's Peak - SE Ridge

Clear Creek Section

47. Bierstadt to Evans via Sawtooth Ridge
48. Torreys Peak - Kelso Ridge
49. Citadel to Pettingell Traverse
50. Mount Bancroft - East Ridge



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