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West Pawnee Butte

Postby Brian C » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:37 pm

I think some folks might find this interesting. Last weekend a rather large crew set out with an even odder set of equipment to climb the rarely visited West Pawnee Butte in NE Colorado. Eight folks reached the summit (likely a record) and probably doubled the number that have even stood on the summit.

Here's a compilation of photos on my site.

Brian in the Wild - Revisiting the Pawnee Buttes
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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:36 pm

Love it! Brings aid climbing to a whole new level ;)

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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby gurlyclimber » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:10 am

That is awesome!
There are some trips you never fully come back from.

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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby 12ersRule » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:42 pm

That's pretty wild! Brian in the wild!

Sucks that there's no HH tonight. I'm good to go this week.

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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby ChrisRoberts » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:23 pm

Man, thats awesome.
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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby ChrisinAZ » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:46 pm

I've seen those guys in the distance while driving around the eastern plains nabbing highpoints. Congrats on an inventive way of making the top!
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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby Steve Knapp » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:38 pm

A very entertaining day, I was glad to be a part of it. Though the way you and Noah did it last winter will go down in history as one of the most hair-raising things I've ever read. The ladder assist this time was awesome!

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Re: West Pawnee Butte

Postby Brian C » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:30 am

Once again, for anybody interested the West Butte is sitting out there waiting to be climbed! A few of us did it again the weekend before last (no ladders!). We did the same route that Noah and I did 3 years ago. Here was his report Scared on the Pawnee Buttes from 2 years ago. This is one of my favorite summits on the Front Range and was my third time up top (not sure I'll do this route again though!).

Short report I wrote can be found here.

Mud season is in trying to get to the first fixed piece.
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Old pin from 1906.
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Holding my breath getting to the "anchor".
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Summit crew.
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