Peak(s):  Raleigh Peak 8,185 feet
Date Posted:  11/11/2019
Date Climbed:   11/10/2019
Author:  jibler
 Rally for Raleigh   

I've been thinking about Raleigh for some time - and finally punched it in for my "new spot per month - November Edition" challenge.

Totally sweet.

And it should be noted that Top of the World (aka Chair Rocks) was my first camping spot - ever- way back in the day. Before Buffalo Fire we used to hit that area frequently. So this was also a bit of a homecoming.


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A nice dramatic preview of the goal is always welcome.

Full Disclosure - I had to settle for the eastern/lower top - the other one was snowier and rockier - plus I was nearly running out of light as it was.

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Approaching Saddle


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Let the Light lead you to the Left!!


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Just a little gnarly in this section.


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Like I said - I have been monkeying around on rocks like these most my life - and I really just hammered up this fairly quickly to get to very top - on the right up there


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My gut is telling me this eastern section is potentially the cooler Rock Castle of the two anyway!


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Peeping the Western top portion from the Eastern - you tell me - that seemed like a bit too much for this day.


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This is the first panorama shot I've ever taken! Cathedral Spires and the old Chair Rocks in foreground.


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Big drop off looking south from top.

Followed Colorado Trail most of the way - and I thought there was some kind of fire break / road that was alternate. about 2/3rd of the way up the CO trail was trailing too hard north - so I just busted up the ridge and that fire road really was just right over there. Followed it down and it provided much better looks all around - Pikes - back at Raleigh - over to Devilshead...

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Looking back up from fire road


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Last Light on Devilshead - Pikes Peak and Long Scraggy Peak

Sundown Sequence!!!

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What the actual Terrain looked like during Sunset!
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Comments or Questions
Jay521

Great!
11/09/2020 16:28
I had a similar experience to you - got the east tower and one day gotta go back and get the west. I LOVE your pictures and very, very nice report. Thanks for putting this up.


rijaca

Summit info
11/19/2019 09:16
The western summit is higher, and can climbed via the west ridge. Requires a bit of route finding and the summit block requires a couple 5.0 moves.



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