Ascent of East Buffalo Peak on 2020-06-27

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang
Dan Connors
Date:Saturday, June 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East Buffalo Peak
    Elevation:13300 ft / 4053 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a nearly 500 foot climb from the saddle between the two big peaks. The views are special. The cliff bands are unique. But the climb from the saddle up to East is far easier than the climb to the West where the rock pinnacles and cliffs are more challenging but the rock is solid and the class 2 and 2+ is fun and rewarding. Careful route choices allow you to do much of this climb on alpine grass which is easier than the talus but the talus is well interlocked and easy to climb. More great views at the summit and every major peak in the front range is visible again. Then we headed down to the saddle between East and Peak 12644. This was the only tricky section of our entire route. There are some steep sections of loose talus and scree but the ONLY bad area of the day. Take you time and watch for rock fall on to people below. At one pinnacle of talus I downclimbed grass to the east and went around the talus and 5 others rapidly closing in on me thought they would pass me sticking to the talus ridge and were surprised to see me get way ahead with my detour. This detour on the ridge is shown on the GPS track where I suddenly veeered right. We stopped at the beautiful grassy saddle elevation 12,300 and HC decided to remain while Dan and I ran up the final ranked peak 12644. We met HC down at a ramp below the saddle. Again the routes were ideal on this track.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:535 ft / 162 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 11 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Beautiful day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:520 ft / 158 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 495 ft / 151 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  12805 ft / 3902 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  
Ascent Part of Trip: Buffalo-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1West Buffalo Peak2020-06-27 a2862 ft / 872 m
2East Buffalo Peak2020-06-27 b535 ft / 163 m
3Peak 126442020-06-27 c404 ft / 123 m
4Peak 110032020-06-28 d554 ft / 169 m
5Jones Hill2020-06-28 e428 ft / 130 m
Total Trip Gain: 4783 ft / 1457 m    Total Trip Loss: 360 ft / 109 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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