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Pigeon / Turret Peaks & Jagged Mountain Climb

This unique trip offers you the opportunity to climb 3 of Colorado's Centennial 13'ers (Pigeon Peak, Turret Peak, and Jagged Mountain) in one amazing 4 day time-period! Our trip begins in the No Name Creek Basin where we approach Jagged Mountain via the Jagged Col. On Jagged Mountain (13,824') we climb the standard route on the North Face, combining 3rd through low 5th class climbing to reach the summit.

We then turn our attention to the remote and rugged Ruby Creek drainage, home of Pigeon Peak (13,972') and Turret Peak (13,835') - two of Colorado's most remote and challending 13'ers to access and climb. Our camp high in the upper Ruby Creek drainage affords us excellent access to these two challenging, yet worth while peaks. Other peaks in the area such as The Monitor and The Index provide breathtaking scenery and pose formidable challenge in their own right.

We utilize the D&SNGRR to access the wilderness area with a drop off at Needleton. After crossing the Needlton Bridge we begin the ascent into the No Name Creek drainage. The backpack into No Name is characterized by often difficult trail conditions, making it one of the more challenging drainages in the Weminuche Wilderness to navitgate.

*If the dates of our regularly scheduled Pigeon and Turret Peak Climbs do not fit your schedule we can also arrange for private dates and trips upon request.

"Thanks for your skillful and safe guiding. We enjoyed so much the climbing, scenery, the jokes, and general group camaraderie. We had a great trip!"

- Joel & Sharon.

Sample Itinerary

Day 0: Arrive to Durango and stay in a hotel. We will meet in the evening to do a gear check and ensure that you're packed and ready for the trip.

Day 1: In the morning we'll board the D&SNGRR train in Durango for the ride to Needleton and the start of the hike/approach into Jagged Mountain via the No Name Creek drainage. After approximately 6 miles we reach our camp in upper No Name near Jagged Col.

Day 2: Rising early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, we'll approach hike up and over Jagged Col and traverse to the base of Jagged Mountain's North Face. A surprisingly complex climbing route brings us to the summit at 13,824 ft. After the summit, we'll descend back to our camp, and a well deserved and restful afternoon.

Day 3: We'll rise early again on this day and traverse from No Name Basin into Ruby Creek via the Ruby/No Name pass. Climbing to the Pigeon/Turret col we'll knock off the climb of Turret Peak (2nd/3rd class), then make a camp below Pigeon Peak at the top of the North Pigeon Creek drainage.

Day 4: The last day of our trip takes us to the East Ridge of Pigeon Peak, where a good selection of 3rd and 4th class ledges and intricate route finding takes us to the summit of one of Colorado's highest Centennial 13'ers. After summitting, we'll descend to Needleton and our train pick up via North Pigeon Creek.

PigeonAdditional Information

Trip Cost Includes: Backpacking and climbing guides for the duration of the trip. All group technical equipment required for the climbs. Tents, food (breakfasts & dinners), cooking gear, and D&SNGRR train tickets.

Not Included: Hotel costs before, during, or after the courses. 3% land use surcharge, trip cancellation insurance, personal climbing/camping equipment and gear, or guide gratuities.

Prerequisites: Participants should have previous backpacking or camping experience. Rock climbing experience is not required, but if you have never rock climbed we do recommend a half day of climbing with us in Durango prior to your trip to the Needle Range.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required for all reservations. The balance will be due on the 30 days prior to the start date of the trip. Cancellation must be made 60 days before first day of trip or course, otherwise your deposit will be forfeited. You can apply your trip deposit or fee toward a future trip or course that takes place within one year for a 15% fee. No credits or refunds for no shows or those leaving early. Please click on our Registration link to access the required registration forms.


2012 Schedule & Costs

June 27 - 30
July 18 - 21
August 8 - 11
September 5 - 8

*Private dates available upon request

Duration: 4 days
Location: Weminuche Wilderness,
San Juan Mountains
Cost: $1095 per person
(includes train tickets)
Client-to-Guide Ratio: 3:1
Capacity: 6 Climbers 2 Guides
Trip Difficulty: Trip DifficultyTrip Difficulty
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