Peak(s):  PT 5770 B
Date Posted:  07/16/2019
Date Climbed:   07/16/2019
Author:  Sbenfield
 An unexpected Challenge in the DTC Range   


PT 5770 B has been on my list for quite a while now. After viewing it every day from my office, I just knew I had to scale its spiral like maze. Earlier this summer I was able to scale class 2 14er behemoths Culebra Peak, Uncompaghre Peak, and the infamous Handies Peak, so I finally felt in shape to give PT 5770 B a shot. While certainly not CO's highest peak, it at least breaks into the top 30 in the DTC range.

Located a convenient 3 miles south of the Denver Tech Center (DTC) its trailhead is easily accessible (although unmarked) and close to my house.

I finally decided that July 16th would be the day to mount a summit attempt. The weather forecast looked questionable at best, but I decided that it was a GO anyway. While I contemplated sleeping at the trailhead, I eventually elected to plan for an early start from my house. The previous night I set an alarm for 3.00am. To my dismay, I somehow slept through my alarm and woke up at 7:23!! I frantically made some eggs, bacon, coffee, lifted weights, and it wasn’t until 10:04 did I actually arrive at the trailhead. I know what you are all thinking...it’s too late in the day to summit a peak of this magnitude. My better judgement told me to save it for another day, but I decided that the weather looked OK so I went for it. By the time I got to the trailhead it was already packed. Summer climbing season has definitely arrived!

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Full lot!

There was limited beta on this route so I started to head up the standard route (seen below). I would say it starts out as difficult class 1 before changing to easy class 2 before the I-25 traverse section.



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Steeper than it looks!
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"Easy Class 2"

Once I ascended the I-25 traverse, I definitely thought this was the most exposed section of the hike. A fall from here would certainly be fatal! I definitely think this section lived up to its reputation.

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Extreme Exposure

After the traverse section I was forced to do some railroad crossings. Attention to detail is required here. I would say the crossing had some class 3 moves. Fortunately, the forest service put up signs warning of various dangers, and that helped me keep on the standard route as well. I imagine that ice axe, crampons, helmet would definitely be needed for a winter ascent.

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Class 3 moves to cross the tracks
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Forest Service sign

Past this section, it was important to stay on route. I've highlighted an important section below. Make sure to turn right as the left has caused problems with the loose road conditions that could be deadly.

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DO NOT GO LEFT HERE!

Eventually PT 5770 B's summit came into view for the first time

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Getting closer!

While the final part of the climb looks simple, I found it more challenging than I anticipated. I would estimate this is class 4/ easy class 5. I frequently found myself off route on exposed grassy sections. I think the sprinklers were on the night before so the grass was extra slick. It would not hurt to bring crampons on this section for extra grip. I pointed out the dangerous section as well.


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good route-finding on rock slabs required!!

I spent a couple minutes on the summit, but I noticed there was a cloud so I figured I better turn back.


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Relaxing on summit :)


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Shameless summit Selfie!!

Fortunately, the way down was much easier, and I was able to descend on concrete-esque slabs. Thanks CFI for the amazing work on this section! At 10:30 I made it back to my vehicle and called my mom to tell her I made it down safe.

Overall, I learned a lot on PT 5770 B. I found it to be harder than most peaks that I’ve summited. For comparison PT 5770 B is about on par with PT 5567 C and PT 5394 , easier than PT 5559 and PT 6078, and harder than Mt. Belford.

Trip statistics below:

Start: 10:04

Summit: 10:17

Back to car: 10:30

Elevation gain: 132’

mileage: 0.34 miles




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Comments or Questions
boudreaux

An Epic Adventure
07/16/2019 13:17
Very nice. I've been up a few like this around the metro area over the years. Great outings, keeps it interesting and you get some small satisfaction of accomplishing something.

I like the way you mocked us all in fun complete with directional arrows, a great touch! You did forget the topo map though! Lovin It!


Alrightmax

GPX
07/16/2019 13:52
Do you have the GPX for this?

Also, is it good for a dog?


Sbenfield

dog
07/16/2019 14:00
@alrightmax I think a dog would really struggle with the I-25 traverse


12ersRule

Great accomplishment but...
07/16/2019 14:04
I'm not sure you hit the true summit. On the real summit, you're looking down at that building behind you. Agreed on the GPX.


bludwig
Harder than Belford?
07/16/2019 14:38
Since Belford has that Class 5 section I'm not so sure...


osprey
You are
07/16/2019 16:38
You are obviously a total n00b wearing a cotton shirt and starting out so late that you barely made it down before the noon thunderstorms.
Do you think a Honda Civic could make it to the TH?


Trotter

First?
07/17/2019 04:38
Are you the first to solo hike it?


TomPierce
A first known ascent in the Greater Ranges?
07/17/2019 08:23
Wow, super impressed that you went right for an alpine test piece! Good for you!! Can you also please publish a recommended gear list? Not sure I'd ever try something like this, but maybe with a few more years of climbing under my belt. Maybe...

:-) Cool report! Actually I've passed this peak probably a few thousand times, we live about 2 miles away, one of my daughters recently commented that she wasn't sure why the sidewalk spiraled around it. Now we have to go do the 2nd ascent! Thanks for the beta!
-Tom


bradybunch

Too difficult
07/17/2019 08:36
Judging by your shirt, I'd guess you're from Texas. Props to you! After Bierstadt I don't think there's any way my flatlander lungs could handle this. I wonder if CORSAR would have trouble getting a helo in there for me.


Sbenfield

Texas
07/17/2019 09:02
@bradybunch itâs actually a Chilean flag. TX flag slightly different


cottonmountaineering

yes
07/17/2019 10:04
10/10


SnowAlien

Route drawing
07/17/2019 11:20
Tracing the route on the pictures is really helpful. How we would find the route otherwise? How did we do it before?


Dolt
Hard core
07/17/2019 11:21
Dude...you keep this up and you will meet your death soon.


E_A_Marcus_949

Tough one...
07/18/2019 17:46
But you did it! Excellent work with great description and details.


AnnaG22

You, sir
07/18/2019 19:03
Are my hero. Sounds like quite the dramatic and challenging peak. Congratulations on summitting and making it back alive.


cloudkicker

I'm not impressed
07/18/2019 19:17
You didn't even take the alternate route, Fiddler's Face Couloirs. Everyone knows the route up Fiddler's puts the standard route to shame on PT 5770 B. More route finding, and more spicy... especially when taking the Torchy's Tacos variation. Get back to me once you've climbed it from Fiddler's and I'll give you props. :yawn:


sdicenso

Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is
07/18/2019 21:23
So glad that you had safe travels. It is definitely a challenging climb that few have survived. So happy that your expedition went well. Live to climb something else at some day some time somewhere else in the DTCimalayas Range.


ironman1942
World record!?
07/18/2019 22:48
Whoa, this is huge, you made the LA Times bro! First summit means world record time!

https://www.latlmes.com/breaking/colorado-trailblazer-snags-first-summit-of-pt-5770-b-world-record-1


AnnaG22

Follow the link
07/19/2019 10:20
I checked out your world record link and I was not disappointed.


Sbenfield

Thank you
07/19/2019 10:39
Thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. The last several days have felt like a blur, and Iâve only just now begun to realize the magnitude of my accomplishment. A world record is something Iâve always dreamed of as a little kid, it feels unreal.


supranihilest

Quality shitpost
07/19/2019 21:44


stephakett

lol
07/22/2019 15:23
thank you for this, OP. you truly are a scholar, and a gentleman



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