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10 Days in the Weminuche Wilderness

Jagged Peak
August 16, 2010
Wham Ridge, A Mountaineering Adventure
August 30, 2010

Earlier this summer we did an amazing 10 Day climbing trip in the Weminuche Wilderness.  During the course of the trip we climbed Centennial 13’ers Vestal Peak via the Wham Ridge, Jagged Mountain via the North Face, Pigeon Peak via the Southwest Slopes, Turret Peak via the Western Slopes, and Jupiter Mountain via the West Face.  A Centennial 13’er in Colorado is defined as any peak over 13,807 feet, and in addition to the 54 14’ers quest, the 100 highest peaks quest has become increasingly popular during the past few years.  Indeed, some of the best and most inspiring climbs in Colorado are on 13’ers.

The group on top of Jupiter Mountain

The group on top of Jupiter Mountain

From the maps below, you can get a sense of how we accomplished this feat over the course of 10 days.  Being out in the Weminuche for that length of time really gives you a sense of how remote and rugged this part of the San Juans really are.  The Weminuche is a true wilderness area, with plenty of route finding and navigation required to travel between the major drainages.

Part 1 of our route

Part 1 of our route

Part 2 of our routePart 2 of our route

We began the trip on the Colorado Trail and Elk Creek, and finished up on the Needle Creek trail.  Along the way we traveled through Vestal Basin and down to Balsam Lake, along the “high traverse” to Jagged Mountain (one of the best mountain days you’ll ever experience!), up and over Jagged Col and down into the remote No Name basin, then back up and over Ruby/No Name pass into the super rugged Ruby Creek drainage, then back up and over Ruby/No Name and Twin Thumbs pass for a finish in the popular Chicago Basin.

View of Monitor Peak from upper No Name

View of Monitor Peak from upper No Name

In short it was an amazing trip with great clients (thanks Charley, Phanie, Greg, Doug, and Chris!!), and a great guide and support staff (thanks Matt, Mike, Drew, Ryan, and Alec!).

On the summit of Jagged Mountain

On the summit of Jagged Mountain

This is simply one of the most amazing trips that you can do in Colorado or the entire mountain west.  We will be offering this trip again next year with some fixed date departures, so stay tuned to our website in the coming months for more information, dates, and costs!

Great pic of the group with Jagged Mountain in the background

Great pic of the group with Jagged Mountain in the background

Snow in the San Juans in July!

Snow in the San Juans in July!

Morning moon over Pigeon Peak

Morning moon over Pigeon Peak

Great shot near the top of Jagged Mountain

Great shot near the top of Jagged Mountain

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