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By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Mar 2, 2006
|Ben, thanks for updating this section.|
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Jan 24, 2008
|The intrusive granitic dikes found around West Spanish Peak actually arise on Mount Mestas, Mount Lincoln, Sheep Mountain, and randomly around La Veta pass. The dikes can be up to 100 feet high and have seen some random climbing and rappelling exercises over the years. Even the local Boy Scouts have a merit badge for rapping the dikes. Much of the land through which the dikes run is BLM or National Forest and not private. From my own recon of the area, my impression is one of variable quality granite, often enclasted with sedimentary boulders and pebbles, but amenable to some level of climbing. Some of the outcrop dikes can be very overhanging, but the main lines running off West Spanish Peak are not. That said, some of dikes are as long as 14 miles (sic!), and could turn up a host of good climbs on excellent granite. If you are really into chasing down the possibilities, the dikes are readily visible on Google Earth.|
Sep 13, 2010
|Thanks for the info, guys. I grew up in Trinidad and have spent countless days hiking this area. Awesome.|
May 2, 2011
I recently got some access to the private lands around the Breasts of the Earth and will be going up there for new route recon in two weeks. Hopefully I can find some stuff on the BLM /non-private land to develop for all.
Going up there with an open mind, lots of gear, and no drill. Hope to have something to report by end of May.
From: Idaho Springs
Jan 30, 2013
Pretty certain it's not Colorado's "only" range to run East-West.
Elkhead Mountain Range in Northwestern Colorado outside of Craig & Steamboat just South of the Wyoming state line.
The Elkhead Mountains are made of old volcanic rocks 17-25 million years old. One thing unusual is that the Elkhead Mountains run west to east as opposed to north and south as most of the ranges run in North America. It is impossible to describe the general forms of the peaks because they are all so different, but most of the peaks are isolated rises from a huge plateau which forms the bulk of the Elkheads.