East Partner Peak

Date: 9/21/2020
Partner: Kristi Henes
Trailhead: Pitkin TH
Distance: 12.5m
Elevation Gain: 4900ft
Duration: 7.5hrs
Difficlutly: Class 4

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East Partner's south ridge is a scrambling gem!

When researching this peak I initially looked to Cooper's "Colorado Scrambles" book for beta. However after doing the climb, I would recommend following our route to gain the ridge instead of Cooper's. We hiked up a steep grass slope (which wasn't so bad) and gained the ridge at it's most southernly point. This added about 30% more class 3 scrambling and we didn't have to climb a loose scree gully. In addition, when descending, we dropped east into VW Basin from the ridge's low point. We were able avoid the westerly loose gully all together.