Peak:  Prize Benchmark (13er)
 Route:  From Point 13,460 A
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  10/10/2020
 Date Posted:  10/13/2020
 Details

Prize Benchmark is off by itself on this loop (Middle A->13,460 A->Prize Benchmark->"Booby Prize") and the ridge between it and 13,460 A has some ups and downs. It's hard to tell from 13,460 A's summit but the ridge is easier than it looks. Scramble and hike down from 13,460 A and up and over or around a couple of bumps to the (very) low saddle between the two peaks. Begin ascending Prize Benchmark, keeping an eye out for a narrow dirt path that leads around the south side of the ridge. This isn't the technical crux but is definitely the worst part of the route - the slope is steep and loose, the path is maybe a foot wide and crumbling, and any rock you can grab with your hands is suspect. The path leads to a crummy, loose Class 2+/3 gully to the ridge crest, and the remaining route is obvious from there. There's a couple of Class 3 spots but they're generally short and not exposed.



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