Peak(s):  Cirque Mtn  -  13,686 feet
Emma, Mt  -  13,581 feet
Potosi Pk  -  13,786 feet
Gilpin Pk  -  13,694 feet
Date Posted:  03/21/2020
Date Climbed:   08/28/2019
Author:  Hoot
Additional Members:   cottonmountaineering
 Yankee Boy Basin Bicentennial Sweep  

I’ve been working on the Colorado Bicentennial peaks, Colorado’s 101st through 200th highest peaks, since 2010 when I finished off Colorado’s Centennial peaks. Now that I’m living in Ohio, I basically get one shot a year to climb as many Colorado peaks as I can. When my partner for Monitor and Animas had a change of plans (next year), I quickly refocused on Yankee Boy Basin, one of my few remaining target rich environments for bicentennials. My five days in YBB went very well except for the trekking pole debacle!

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Topo of all four Yankee Boy Basin Bicentennial Climbs

Cirque Mountain (13,686', Colorado #155)
Dates: 28 August 2019
Climbers: solo
Trailhead: Yankee Boy Basin Privy and Parking Area
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation gain: ~2750'
Difficulty: Class 2.5 with a little exposure

After climbing bicentennial Lookout Peak and tricentennial Bridal Peak the day before with Mark, I woke up in my 4Runner parked off Ophir Pass Road to a cool August morning temp of 32 degrees. With another great forecast, I took my time with breakfast and driving over Red Mountain Pass then up into Yankee Boy Basin to the parking area with the privy at 11,330 feet. Most passenger cars park below this spot as the last bit of the road requires good clearance and 4WD helps a lot. Above this parking area, 4WD is pretty much required. Most of the other hikers parked nearby were headed up to Mount Sneffles, the basin’s sole 14er. I got started hiking in my trail runners from the parking area at 10:20 am.

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The route to Cirque ascends between the center (Kismet) and right (Point 13,450) summits above the YBB parking area

I had not done much research on the route as it looked very straight forward. Not reading my route description carefully, I blew past the 11,420’ turn off from the road and continued up the road for a little over a mile before I realized I had gone quite a bit further than I should have for the standard route. Then at about 12,120’ on the road, I had a clear view of my target saddle across the basin to my north and could see a group of four hikers climbing along the route.

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View of the route across the basin from the road (above the usual route)

When I realized what I had done, I bee-lined it across the basin, losing and regaining about 50 feet on easy terrain, to rejoin my intended route. My unplanned alternate route worked out fine.

Once above the grass, there was a faint trail up the fairly stable talus that made for pretty easy climbing. I caught up to the group of four at the saddle (Dyke Col) and talked with them for a while. The three men and woman were from Crested Butte and all quite fit septuagenarians!

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Point 13,450 with Cirque's summit peeking out on the left

From the saddle I headed east and quickly climbed Point 13,450. Opps. Once atop this summit, I realized I had about a quarter mile to go to Cirque’s summit. After enjoying some great views from this summit, I hiked back down a little before joining the then obvious path which traverses Point 13,450’s north side.

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Looking back toward Kismet and Sneffles from atop Point 13,450

The chipped talus ridge between Point 13,450 and the final climb to Cirque’s summit was a very cool skywalk.

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The route to Cirque bypassing Point 13,450 on its north shoulder

The route’s 2.5ish crux came at the end of this ridge where I climbed through a cliff band on loose talus with a bit of exposure. This fairly short section required careful climbing but was not difficult.

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Cirque's 2.5ish crux is the short climb off the ridge on loose rock with minor exposure (taken on my return)
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Loose rock on the route's short crux (taken on my return)

Above the cliffs I followed a faint trail through the talus to a weakness in the summit ridge a little southeast of the summit which is clearly visible from the approach. I used my hands a bit climbing up through the weakness so I think class 2.5 is a reasonable rating for the route. Once above the weakness, it was a short walk to Cirque’s western (true) summit. I reached the summit at 12:30 pm after two hours and ten minutes of hiking. The highest point is on a small pile of rocks with a precipitous drop off on its north side. The Crested Butte foursome joined me on the summit which we all enjoyed under clear blue skies.

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Cirque Mountain's high point with a big dropoff to the north

From the western summit, Cirque’s eastern summit, just a few hundred feet away, looked nearly the same height but a bit more challenging to reach. For some reason I wasn’t motivated to climb the eastern summit this day as I typically would be.

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Cirque's east summit (almost the same height), Teakettle Mountain and Potosi Peak
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Governor's Basin, Mount Emma, and Gilpin Peak

After 10 minutes on the summit, I headed back down the way I came up. However, I lost the trail above the cliffs and had to search around a bit to find the exact way I had come up through the cliff. I descended this section very carefully on the loose talus.

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View down the ridge toward Gilpin, Point 13,450, Kismet, and Sneffles

Once below the cliff band, my return hike was easy. I crossed the high ridge and descended from Dyke Col the way I came up. Then at 12,000’, I continued down the drainage the way I had intended to climb. There were lots of flowers along the way and I crossed a remaining snow field because I could.

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Lots of flowers in the basin
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View up the standard route toward the Kismet-Point 13,450 saddle

Low in the drainage I descended a steep slope and crossed a creek which I might have been able to avoid had I descended further south sooner. After crossing the creek I found a faint trail through the trees and followed it until it reached the road at 11,420 feet. About a third of a mile down the road I returned to my 4Runner at 2:15 pm, just over 4 hours after I started out.

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Route topo - I stayed on the road too long going up, but it worked out fine

Once I got back to the parking area, my best guess is that I laid down my BD Alpine Cork trekking poles next to my 4Runner, talked to some hikers, threw my backpack in the vehicle, and drove off without my poles. I drove down to Ouray where I got a comfortable room at the Comfort Inn and took my first shower in a few days. This was Wednesday night and I learned that hotel’s rates nearly doubled for the following days surrounding the Labor Day weekend.

Off Day: Gilpin Recon
Date: 29 August 2019

On Thursday morning I discovered my trekking poles were gone and considered my options. I decided to head back up to Yankee Boy Basin hoping to find my poles at the parking area where I assume I had left them. I searched all around parking area but didn’t find my poles anywhere. Rats! With plans to climb Potosi and Emma with Joe the following two days, I decided to hike up the basin to check out Gilpin Peak. I had read that Gilpin, despite being only Class 2, was a loose and nasty climb when its north ridge gully is not filled with good snow for climbing. With no poles, I carried my ice axe. While I could have driven my 4Runner further up the road, the weather was once again gorgeous and I had plenty of time to enjoy the hike.

I hiked up the road to the Wright’s Lake Spur trail which I followed high into Yankee Boy Basin. At 12,500’, I left the trail and headed for Gilpin’s north ridge first on grass then on large talus. As I approached the ridge just before the first of the towers, the rocks became looser and looser. I explored access to the northeast gully, but decided not to continue up without trekking poles or a partner. While I was disappointed with not reaching a summit this day, it was a nice easy day after the past five days of climbing. Back at parking area I struck up a conversation with two hikers who turned out to be Otina and Ryan (bergsteigen and RyGuy on 14ers.com) who were headed up to Cirque with similar plans to mine for the next few days. Unfortunately we weren’t able to link up after my plans changed a bit.

Planning to sleep in the back of my 4Runner, I hadn’t made any plans for where I was going to stay the next few nights. But as I was driving back down the road, it finally struck me that camp sites likely would be filled for the Labor Day weekend. I stopped by the Thistledown Campground and it was full. Then I checked out the small Angel Campground, about two miles up the YBB road from Ouray. I got lucky and grabbed one of the two remaining tent-only sites, ensuring I had a place to park and sleep for the next four nights. I set up my small tent at the campsite, but slept in the back of my 4Runner each night. While it was not a great campsite and the road dust got pretty bad, it did serve its purpose well as a convenient base camp for Yankee Boy Basin and not far from amenities in Ouray. That afternoon I checked out the Mount Emma approach in Governor’s Basin and stopped by Ouray Mountain Sports where I bought a brand new pair of Leki trekking poles – but that’s not then end of the story.

Mount Emma (13,581', Colorado #197)
Dates: 30 August 2019
Climbers: Joe and Hoot
Trailhead: Governor's Basin Road at 11,200'
Distance: 6.7 miles
Elevation gain: ~2900'
Difficulty: Class 3 with a little exposure

Friday morning at 7 am I met Joe (cottonmountaineering) at the Imogene Pass turnoff. He immediately let me know that he’d only be able to climb with me one day. We had originally planned to climb Potosi that day and Emma the following day. But with just one day as partners, we decided to climb Emma, which we believed to be the more difficult of those two peaks. We drove up the dirt road to a pull-off at 11,200’ in Governor’s Basin which I had checked out the day before. There was a small creek crossing right before the pull-off, but I don’t recall anything else along the road that would have required a 4WD. I chose this starting point based on a trip report I had read, but it turned out that we could have easily driven another 1.7 miles up high into Governor’s Basin without any difficulties. After a false start up the spur road which quickly ended, we started hiking up the main dirt road at 7:30 am. Joe and I followed the road for about 40 minutes to about 12,100’ where we left the road.

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The 4WD road leading to upper Governor's Basin never gets very rough

From the road we hiked northwest off trail on grass toward Emma.

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Looking toward Emma (just right of center) across Governor's Basin

We crossed one small snowfield along the way to the base of the large talus slope on Emma’s east side.

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Joe about to cross a snow field below Emma's east side

While the dry talus slope looked like an unpleasant climb, it appeared to be the most direct route to the base of Emma’s summit towers. Joe and I spread out a bit and carefully made our way up the loose talus slope.

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The loose talus slope on Emma's east side

About half way up, the slope got a little less steep and the climbing got a bit easier on larger, more stable rocks. We climbed to the top of the slope in a gully near the slope’s center with a fairly solid wall on our left (south) side.

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Still loose but easier climbing higher up the slope

At the top of the slope we reached Emma’ southeast ridge with Emma’s summit towers just a few hundred feet to our right and the St Sophia Ridge to our left. At this point the climbing got a lot more fun!

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Emma's complex summit area from the top of the east talus slope

Because of the significant snow I saw on Emma’s north side the day before, Joe and I carried an ice ax and crampons just in case. However, as we approached the summit towers from the southeast, there was no snow in sight. We didn’t have detailed instructions on how to reach Emma’s true summit tower so our plan was to scout around and climb what looked reasonable. That plan worked out just fine.

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Joe approaching some fun climbing

After some easy scrambling to the base of one of the easternmost tower blocks, Joe and I climbed up the tower via two different routes. My route consisted of a narrow crack system, perhaps 20-30 feet high. I scrambled up this class 3 section with some fun and unexposed chimney moves.

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The narrow gully I climbed and descended - twice (photo on return)

At the top, I could see a cairn at the true summit a couple hundred feet to the west. Joe came up to my left and reported one unpleasant move on his climb. From my position, I just had to cross one gap and then had an easy walk to the true summit. Crossing the gap required a short mostly friction downclimb with moderate exposure. The lack of good holds required some care, but the downclimb was not difficult.

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Emma's true summit from our false summit

We reached Emma’s summit at 10:00 am after 2 hours and 30 minutes of hiking and climbing. Under blue skies, the summit provided great views in all directions.

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Emma's summit with the Wilsons and Gladstone in the background
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14er Sneffles behind Gilpin Peak and its difficult-looking connecting ridge

After enjoying the summit for about 10 minutes, Joe and I started back down. At the east end of the summit area, we descended the towers via narrow crack I had climbed with no difficulties.

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Joe making a few careful moves required to cross between the summit high points
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Joe descending the narrow summit gully
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Telluride far below

. I had made careful note where we needed to descend off Emma’s southeast ridge so we headed back down the big talus slope the way we came up. For me, descending that loose talus was the crux of the climb. Joe raced down the slope in his trail runners while I plodded my way down with some switchback cuts that didn’t seem to help much.

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An unpleasant descent, but it didn't take long
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Parting shot of Mount Emma from the east

Once back down in upper Governor’s Basin, I really enjoyed all the wildflowers and the views of the rugged Saint Sophia Ridge.

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Saint Sofia Ridge above Governor's Basin
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Wildflowers in Governor's Basin

While hiking back down the road we surveyed Potosi’s grassy south slopes across the valley. This non-standard route to Potosi’s summit looked reasonable from what we could see. But as I had not seen any trip reports describing this route suggested by Garret and Martin, I decided not to attempt it solo the next day.

Joe and I got back to my 4Runner at 2:00 pm after about 4 hours and 6.7 miles of hiking and climbing. I don’t recall exactly what I did when I returned to the car. But my best guess is that I set down my brand new trekking poles near my car, packed up, and drove back down to Joe’s car without my new poles. I really enjoyed climbing with Joe and hope we can link up for some future climbs. After saying “good bye” to Joe, I drove back down to Ouray which was packed with tourists for the holiday weekend.

After a shower at the hot springs pool, I spent a couple of hours at the Ouray library using their wireless and then drove back to my campsite where I cooked up dinner. That evening when I couldn’t find my new poles, I drove all the way back up to Governor’s Basin to look for them. I am sure I had my poles with me when I finished the hike and confirmed that Joe hadn’t mistakenly grabbed them. I looked all around where we finished the hiked, a place I wouldn’t expect many others to park, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. I was so pissed! I could not believe I lost a second pair of trekking poles, a pair that I had just purchased at full price the day before. This put my next day’s plans for Potosi in jeopardy as Ouray Mountain Sports didn’t open until 9am and I really don’t like to climb and descend steep slopes without poles. However, I got very lucky when I walked over to the couple camping next to me, Rick and Lynnette, and asked if they might have a pair of trekking poles I could buy from them. They insisted on loaning me their new pair of carbon trekking poles which Lynette had used for the first time that day when the couple climbed Mount Sneffles. With few good options, I accepted their generous offer and was set for Saturday morning.

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Mount Emma topo (we easily could have driven up to 12,000 feet in Governor's Basin)

Potosi Peak (13,786', Colorado #113)
Dates: 31 August 2019
Climbers: solo with new friends along the way
Trailhead: Yankee Boy Basin Privy and Parking Area
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation gain: ~3600'
Difficulty: Class 2.5 with steep loose talus

Saturday morning, with the borrowed trekking poles, I drove back up into the basin passing lots of cars parked below the privy parking area and hikers headed toward Sneffles.

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Potosi's enticing south slopes from Governor's Basin

I wasn’t anxious to climb Potosi by myself, so I was happy when I met Ben and Ryan at the parking lot. They were headed up to climb Teakettle which I had climbed ten years ago. We started out at 7:30 am, crossing the road and beginning the steep climb immediately across from the parking area.

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Starting out with Ryan and Ben directly across the road from the Yankee Boy Basin parking area

There is a bit of trail through the trees at the beginning of the route, but most of the climbing is up an open moderately steep talus slope which becomes looser near the top. As we approached 13,568’ Coffee Pot centered between Potosi and Teakettle, I veered to the right as Ben and Ryan headed left.

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Headed up toward Coffee Pot (center) on initially stable talus
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Looking back down our route with Stoney Mountain in front of Governor's Basin, Emma, and Gilpin

From near the base of the coffee pot formation, I followed a trail which descended about 400 feet to the Coffee Pot-Potosi saddle. The going started out easy on the ridge proper, but the talus became very loose at a switchback on the south side of the ridge. This unpleasant section required care while descending, but despite the elevation loss, this appeared to be the easiest way to get to the saddle. From the saddle I climbed up about 200 feet near Potosi’s northwest ridge along a faint trail to the beginning of my traverse across Potosi’s huge southwestern slope.

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The route ahead from near Coffee Pot

From the trailhead, crossing this moderately steep slope looks somewhat improbable and intimidating. But the long traverse followed the 13,200’ contour line along an easy-to-follow trail through the talus.

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Looking back at the traverse across Potosi's south face

At the southern point of my traverse, I took a short snack break on a sandy shoulder on Potosi’s southwest ridge. From this point I climbed up about 200 feet along the ridge and then began a traverse northeast under the cliffs on Potosi’s upper southeast slopes. I did a bit of easy scrambling and followed a few cairns on the ridge.

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The short climb toward Potosi's northeast side traverse

As I traversed northeast, I referred to a trip report for the best gully to ascend. After passing a couple of narrow gullies, I came to a wide gully with a snow field at its base. I was pretty sure I had the right ascent gully when I reached it, but I continued on a bit past it just to make sure. When I was convinced this was the right gully, I began climbing on its right (northeast) side with a bit of easy scrambling here and there. This section was mostly class 2.5 climbing.

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Beginning of Potosi's east ascent gully

As I approached the top of the wide gully, I kept an eye out for a narrow exit on my left side.

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Approaching the top of the ascent gully with the exit coming up on the left
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The ascent gully exit

After climbing through this exit I turned right and began my final ascent on open ledges toward Potosi’s summit. There were a few cairns along the way, but this part of the climb was pretty straight forward and easy.

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Ledges below Potosi's summit

I reached Potosi’s very large and flat summit at 11:00 am after about 3.5 hours of climbing.

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Potosi's large flat summit
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I must have missed Luke by a few minutes on Potosi's summit
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Saint Sophia Ridge and Mount Emma from Potosi's summit
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Gilpin, Dallas, and upper Yankee Boy Basin from Potosi's summit
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Cirque and Teakettle from Potosi's summit

After enjoying Potosi’s summit for 20 minutes, I headed back down the way I had come up.

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Looking down toward Camp Bird - the southern slopes route was not clear from above

As I was traversing back toward the southwest ridge, Luke came down from the summit via one of the narrow gullies and joined me. Apparently he had popped up on the summit right after I had started down and we had just missed each other. Once again I was happy to have good company with me, especially on what I knew was likely to be a sketchy descent. We descended more directly off the southwest ridge to the long traverse and headed back to the Coffee Pot-Potosi saddle discussing our options for the descent. The most straight forward descent was to climb back up to Coffee Pot and return the way I had come up. But neither of us wanted to reclimb 400 feet on loose talus. We both had descriptions and a map that suggested descending directly from the saddle and then, at some point, traversing right (west) back toward my Coffee Pot ascent route.

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Luke contemplating our future - descending from the Coffee Pot-Potosi saddle

Luke and I started down from saddle on nasty steep loose talus. Following directions, we veered to the right at the first major junction. Keeping a bit offset from each other, we descended 800 feet pretty quickly but saw no good options for traversing to the right. At about 12,200’ I decided to try traversing right on what looked like fairly solid slabs. With plenty of good sense, Luke declined to follow me. After venturing out a ways on the not so solid slabs, I came to my senses and very carefully crept back to the gully sweating bullets.

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Down we go on loose steep talus

I knew that if we continued down the gully we would eventually cliff out. But we didn’t have many other options at this point so we continued down the narrowing gully which got looser and nastier the further we went. After I had had enough of that fun, we had a short pow wow and I convinced Luke that we should climb up a bit and look for a way across the gully to our right (west). We climbed back up about 160 feet, before finding a fairly easy way to cross the gully and get back on much easier terrain. As soon as we got to the route I had taken up to Coffee Pot in the morning, we saw Ben and Ryan descending above us. After climbing Teakettle, they had climbed Coffee Pot and then Potosi, all while I was plodding along. They had descended from the saddle like Luke and I, but they found the correct crossing, on greenish rocks, which apparently was a bit above where I had attempted to cross. The four of us hiked back down to the road together before heading off in different directions.

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Headed for the cliffs ... but it looks so doable
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Looking back at the cliffs that guard the lower slopes

I got to my 4Runner at 2:30 pm after a 5-hour round trip. The the first thing I did when I got there was put my borrowed trekking poles into the vehicle!

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Trekking poles in the vehicle!

That afternoon I drove back to Ouray and ran into Luke, my friend Derek and his wife, and hordes of tourists at the Hot Springs Pool. When I stopped by Ouray Mountain Sports to buy yet another pair of trekking poles, they could hardly believe my story. I asked for, but didn’t get, a volume discount. After a great burger at Maggies and picking up a little thank you gift for Rick and Lynnette, I headed back to the Angel Campground for one more night.

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Potosi topo - how not to descent

Gilpin Peak (13,694', Colorado #149)
Dates: 1 September 2019
Climbers: solo
Trailhead: Yankee Boy Basin Privy and Parking Area
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation gain: ~2800'
Difficulty: Class 2 with steep and very loose talus

On Sunday morning I slept in, ate a leisurely breakfast and packed up my tent (which I hadn’t used) before leaving the Angel Campground. I drove back up to Yankee Boy Basin one last time, parking at the privy and parking area, again filled with vehicles of hikers headed to Sneffles. I considered driving up further up the road, but with another great forecast and plenty of time, there wasn’t a compelling reason to do so.

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Gilpin from near the YBB parking area

I started hiking from the parking area at 11,330’ around 8:45 am and followed the same route toward Gilpin that I had three days earlier. It took me an hour and 15 minutes to get back to the start of the nasty scree below Gilpin’s north ridge. While I had hoped to climb Gilpin with a partner, I was probably the only person climbing Gilpin that day. At least I was now armed with two brand new trekking poles!

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Gilpin Peak from the Blue Lakes Trail in upper Yankee Boy Basin
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Gilpin from where I left the Blue Lakes Trail
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Gilpin's crux from lower right to just right of the upper right snow field

As expected, the climbing in the gully just east of Gilpin’s north ridge was on very loose talus. As much as possible, I tried to stay close to the walls on the climber’s right (west) side of the gully where the talus was more stable and a faint trail was visible.

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Entering the ascent gully

However, there were times when I had to climb away from the walls where the steep talus seem particularly loose. Any cairns here wouldn’t last very long, but it was pretty obvious where I needed to go.

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Low in the gully

Just below the top of the gully, the slope got steeper and I had to climb a bit away from the right wall. Fortunately I was able to keep right of the remaining snow below this saddle. It took me about 40 minutes to slowly and carefully climb the gully.

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High in the gully next to a rock wall
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Steep top of the gully

Once at the top of the gully, I followed the ridge southeast for a quarter of a mile to Gilpin’s summit. The climbing and hiking along the ridge was surprisingly easy, not at all what you would expect based on the view of Gilpin from Yankee Boy Basin. There was a bit of a trail on the south side of the ridge, but the route was obvious and there were no difficulties above Class 2. The biggest saddle along the way provided a cool view nearly straight down Gilpin’s impressive north face.

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The start of Gilpin's surprisingly easy summit ridge
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Precipitous dropoffs on Gilpin's north side ...
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... are bypassed by an easy trail on the south side

I reached Gilpin’s broad talus pile of a summit at 11:15 am, just 2.5 hours after starting out. Of the basin’s four bicentennial peaks, Gilpin definitely provided the most spectacular views in all directions.

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Easy stroll to Gilpin's summit
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Gilpin's comfortable summit
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Ridge between Gilpin and Emma
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Telluride, Lizard Head, and the Wilson group from Gilpin
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Dallas Peak from Gilpin
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Mount Sneffels from Gilpin with the standard Lavender Col route on the right
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Cirque Mountain from Gilpn
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Cirque, Teakettle, Coffee Pot, and Potosi above Yankee Boy Basin

After enjoying Gilpin’s summit for about 20 minutes, I started back down, not looking forward to descending that gully. But I took the gully very slowly and didn’t have any problems. For a bit of variety, near the bottom of the gully just below the ridge towers, I climbed a short ways up onto the ridge proper and then descended on the ridge to its saddle with Sneffles. From near the saddle, I descended back into Yankee Boy Basin on what looked like easier terrain. After initial steep talus, I descended a steep grassy area before the easy traverse back to the trail leading down to Wright’s lake and the road. I got back to my 4Runner before 2:30 pm making it about a 5 hour and 40 minute round trip.

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Looking down Gilpin's northwest gully
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Potosi from upper Yankee Boy Basin
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Gilpin route topo starting at the Yankee Boy Basin parking area

Gilpin Peak Summit 360 Video

These four peaks were my 55th-58th bicentennial peaks and I climbed each one with a different pair of trekking poles!


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions
supranihilest

Nice report
03/22/2020 15:52
Excellent beta, Hoot. In Photo 38 ("The route ahead from near Coffee Pot") I take it that's Potosi? Do you know what aspect that couloir is facing? It looks like it would be north facing according to the topo in Photo 56 ("Potosi topo - how not to descend") but want to make sure, since that looks like an incredible route to investigate. Ditto for the photo of Gilipin (#60) - northeast facing couloir? Thanks!


d_baker

nice one Hoot
03/22/2020 16:45
Hoot, thanks for putting your report up, as I still need to do all of these peaks in my pursuit of the bi-cent list and you have some good info here!
Hit me up when you plan to come back, and maybe we can join up for the Animas group.

Supra, that's the N couloir on Potosi.
Take a look at Dave Coopers, "Snow Climbs" guidebook, it's in there.
Looks like a great climb, doesn't it?!


Hoot

YBB Couloirs
03/22/2020 20:18
Hey Supran, I've heard Potosi's North Couloir is a good snow climb but haven't been able to make the timing work myself. Kevin Baker posted this report on climbing it. The Emma couloirs are north facing. I suspect their best approach is from Mill Creek Basin above Telluride, not from YBB.

Darin - I'm shooting for late August this year. I'll definitely let you know as my plans materialize.


supranihilest

Thanks!
03/23/2020 12:37
@Hoot and Darin: Thanks for the additional beta, guys. Much appreciated. Looks like I've got some research and climbing to do!


Tornadoman

Great views
03/27/2020 14:17
In that area. I am looking forward to that bunch (+Teakettle) in my quest for Cents and Bis. Hopefully I have better luck with the trekking poles


climbingcue

Great report
05/31/2020 06:51
Thank you for posting all this great data, I am hoping to get many of those peaks completed this summer.


Steve_P
Great TR
07/23/2020 20:23
Great info, thanks for posting. And you win the record for unintentional trekking pole donations!



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