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This magnificent sub-range of the San Juans runs roughly from west to east and contains some of the best mountaineering one could hope for. Electric Peak stands at the western end, while the Guardian guards the eastern end as well as its westerly neighbors, Silex and Storm King, which offer 1500 foot steep north faces. On the western end, the south face of Graystone has the most amazing overhanging concave alpine face I have ever seen up close.
My preference is to take the train in to Elk Park and do the leisurely hike to the Beaver Ponds, then do the grunt up to the basin between Vestal/Arrow or the Trinities the next day. Or if I'm just there for the splendid North Ridge of Arrow, stop at the lower meadows.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Grenadiers:
North Face of West Trinity Peak Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1100' West Trinity Peak
Weekend Bromance (Mt. Silex, North Face) 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c X Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1700' Mt. Silex
Weather Window Waltz (The Guardian NE Face) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1700' The Guardian
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Center Shift on Wham Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Vestal Peak
Fun alpine climbing on Grenadier quartzite. Exposed, but you won't find the climb to be difficult if you're in climbing shape, have mountain experience, and come prepared to be in the mountains (this is still remote alpine climbing).Instead of climbing the "casual" route, which is the true ridge line of Wham Ridge - i.e., sticking to the right-most ridge line (arete) - climb straight up the middle/center of the Wham face. Again, the climbing's not difficult, but a little harder than the 5.3-5.4 ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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