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RyanS - May 21, 2008 6:42 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice work

Thanks John. I didn't have an appreciation for the ruggedness of this area before.

John Kirk

John Kirk - May 21, 2008 9:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice work

Thanks Ryan

There are a lot of potentially challenging peaks I've yet to try there that I'm looking forward to puzzling out. Within the heart of the area there is definitely a wilderness feel.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - May 22, 2008 12:55 pm - Voted 10/10

Another great effort

Nice to see this unsung area of the San Juans get such nice treatment.

John Kirk

John Kirk - May 22, 2008 1:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Another great effort

Thanks Bob!

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - May 22, 2008 1:28 pm - Voted 10/10


Great page! Thanks for submitting.


John Kirk

John Kirk - May 22, 2008 1:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

Thanks - I like that shot of Tobacco Lake - hope this gives it more exposure...

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - May 22, 2008 6:08 pm - Voted 10/10

Beautiful Job

Outstanding, John! Thank you!


jfrishmanIII - May 22, 2008 7:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice, but...

A very beautiful page indeed, but I can't help feeling like it would benefit from a little fleshing out. The most notable absence is the whole grizzly question; whether you believe they're there or not, it's still fascinating. Also, it would certainly be worth noting which peaks are on Banded Peak Ranch (Tierra Amarilla Land Grant) and are therefore technically off limits.

I'm also a little surprised at your choice not to include the Chalk Mountains, Sure, they're a subrange, but a very small one and I doubt they'll get they're own page anytime soon. Seems like the South San Juans page is probably the best home for them on SP.

Other small things you might add: some mention of the Continental Divide Trail; maybe the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad; and the Summitville Mine environmental disaster ( Also, you link to national forest trails only covers the west side; east side trails are listed here:

Not trying to dump on you by any means; it's a beautiful page and is making me itch to get up there. But it could be even better.

John Kirk

John Kirk - May 23, 2008 1:22 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice, but...

Thanks - I agree with most of your ideas and will incorporate soon. Whether peaks are within private boundaries or not doesn't change their geology but I get what you're saying about mentioning the ranch.


jfrishmanIII - May 23, 2008 2:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice, but...

Nice additions, they help flesh out the fascination of the area. Certainly the peaks on the Ranch are no less fascinating, and no less a part of the range for their private status. Just don't want anyone inadvertantly getting in trouble (or pointing the finger at this web site).


Kiefer - May 22, 2008 11:56 pm - Voted 10/10


I really don't know where to begin. The pictures are out of this world, the description and text flow & read quite well and the beta contained therein is outstanding.
This is a gem of an SP page, John.
Good work indeed!

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