Peak:  Ervin Peak (13er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  09/29/2019
 Date Posted:  09/29/2019
 Details

Super fun scramble! The route from the road/campsites west of Winfield to treeline is a bit undefined so GPS may be helpful, but generally you'll just want to go up the fall line until you're on the southwest ridge. The basins between the ridges are not going to get you access to the peaks. The ridge itself is mostly easy until the summit ridge, going at Class 2 to perhaps Class 2+ depending on line taken. The summit ridge is where things get fun; a number of gendarmes block easy travel and you'll have to climb over several, including some with knife edges and one with either a Class 4 headwall (not terribly exposed) or a Class 3 notch. There may be some down climbing involved depending on how one takes these towers. I'd say most of them could be bypassed, probably to the south, but it would be on horrendously loose choss and probably wouldn't be easier or safer than the ridge proper, and definitely wouldn't be as fun. Most of the rock on the ridge is loose in some way, so test everything carefully. Descend the way you came up or over to Blaurock.



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