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 Peak(s):  Rio Grande Pyramid  -  13,821 feet
 Post Date:  07/25/2012
 Date Climbed:   07/21/2012
 Posted By:  Wyoming Bob

 Rio Grande Pyramid - East Ridge, Day Hike   

Climbed RGP on 7/21. The Roach description was dead on with the route up to Weminuche Pass done in the dark with the turnoff onto the Opal lake Trail at dawn. The turnoff is marked by an upright but difficult to read pole. No snow anywhere along the way but the advertised wind fall is still there. Should you do RGP, when you hit the first of the two large and blocky outcrops on trail left at 11,750, just before the fall, stop, back up 50 feet and climb upward on fainter trail to climber's right. Gain perhaps 100 vertical, regain solid trail and proceed with but four step overs in lieu of hard core effort below.

Willows as you near the end of the approach have grown over enough that if covered in dew, you will get soaked. Fine for warm morning, likely less fun if covered in frost. Remainder of hike is trail march to last 600 feet which is talus hopping exercise to summit with some segments here and there.

For usual Trip narrative click here.

Thanks to last couple of trip report posters for insight as to route, you nailed it.



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