Peak(s):  Rio Grande Pyramid  -  13,821 feet
"Fools Pyramid"  -  13,278 feet
PT 13,261  -  13,261 feet
PT 13,017  -  13,017 feet
"Window Pk"  -  13,157 feet
Date Posted:  08/14/2017
Modified:  08/15/2017
Date Climbed:   06/17/2017
Author:  Marmot72
 Rio Grande Pyramid Tour  

A bit belated of a report - this is from early summer and it's now past mid-summer, but I hope it's an enjoyable read.

We packed in on a Friday, taking the Skyline trail, a steep grunt with full packs, to get to a high camp in the basin right at the 12,200 contour line. Saturday morning, we started up the saddle between RGP and Fool's Pyramid, hitting Fool's (UN278), then bypassing a monstrous megalith on its south side to gain UN261, then side-hilling on the north to skirt Fool's on the return to climb RGP. From there we made a high traverse beneath Window to the Rincon La Vaca trail, then left the trail to strike due south for the east ridge of UN017. Approximating that basin run on the return, we angled to hit the pass and climbed Window, reversing the route down the ridge to take the Rincon back east before veering off on an easy bushwhack to camp.

We did this route as a way of planning for weather: if storms rolled in, we could get the first three and leave 017 and Window for the next day. Luckily, we had no such problem.

Here are a few pics, and below is the full report.


Rio Grande Pyramid and a nasty nothing from near UN261. Fool's is at far left, back.

South from RGP's summit. UN017 is the dark ridge easily overlooked between Window and the ridges beyond.

A view of the western Weminuche from UN017

Part of the scramble nearing the top of UN017

 Comments or Questions

08/15/2017 13:57
Nice work, Steve! This is a great report. Well written! I still take better pictures. This sounds like a great outing. Does Anyone know the window has an actual summit? Can you Sherpa me up 017?


Thanks, Dillon
08/15/2017 16:46
Dillon, hit up Ben for the sherpa work up 017 - he plans to get there later this year. Unquestionably, you take better pictures. I would never trust myself in the wilderness with one of those fancy lenses: I'd break it within three trips.

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