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Ascent of Sacred Buffalo on 2018-08-19

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sacred Buffalo
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12769 ft / 3891 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the best part of the day. The connecting ridge between Buffalo and Sacred Buffalo contains several pinnacles and small towers that require path finding and scrambling. It is like a small saw tooth practice run for scrambles like Kelso Ridge on Grays or the saw tooth on Evans but way shorter.

Most of the rock is 2+ and easy class 3 but there is some exposure. Never was the exposure such that I felt unsafe, or needed a helmet. The crux move looked at first like it might approach a class 4 but it was one of those places that looks harder than it is and many hand holds and foot holds - and one of the places where the exposure was not all that much so it even turned out to be easy; so easy that I would say the ridge is a class 3 with perhaps one class 3+ move at the crux. Summit Post calls it a "short sporty scramble" and I think that is a good way to describe it.

I got over it quickly, ate, and then saw a young couple attempting it. I waited to take some cool photos of them scrambling but they were insecure scramblers and were taking a ridiculous amount of time to path find across this feature so I eventually packed my things and headed back through them. I was hoping to capture some shots of people scrambling the pinnacles but with low black clouds all around, my desire to get down and make sure I was not lightening bait overcame my desire for adventure photography.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:69 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:scramble
    Trailhead:saddle between peaks  12700 ft / 3870 m
    Grade/Class:3,3+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Part of Trip: Buffalo

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Buffalo Mountain2018-08-19 a3083 ft / 940 m
2Sacred Buffalo2018-08-19 b69 ft / 21 m
3Buffalo Mountain2018-08-19 c137 ft / 42 m
Total Trip Gain: 3289 ft / 1003 m    Total Trip Loss: 276 ft / 84 m



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