Babcock Peak (and its three sub peaks) separates Tomahawk Basin from Boren Creek Basin on the West side of the La Platas. Babcock Peak is a difficult climb and a rope and gear is recommended on some routes. This is in the San Juans, so loose rock is mandatory.
Your can get to Babcock Peak either by driving up Tomahawk basin, parking at the mine and hiking to the end of the basin where you will find gullies leading to the top (unconfirmed). Or, drive up Boren Creek on an old mining road (take a left immediately after you cross Boren Creek). The road is horrible, so drive until you come to a small creek crossing the road and park there, walk the road until you reach the basin. 1-2 hours approach time.
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The Knife 4th 1 2 I M 1b Trad, Alpine, 1000'
Right Couloir from Boren Creek 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a PG13 Trad, Alpine, Grade III
Babcock Peak 4 Summit Traverse 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, Alpine, Grade III
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Right Couloir from Boren Creek 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a PG13 CO : Alpine Rock : Babcock Peak
You will want to find a good way up the wall to your left. Once you reach the notch, we found it easiest to go up to the left of the prominent chimney. The chimney might be a good alternative, but it was iced up when we climbed it in late May. We free-soloed the way up but down climbed while being roped in for the descent do to loose rock. With good route finding, you should be able to find a way up without exceeding 5.3 or so. Again, watch for loose rock. Glissade back to the road....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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