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You cain’t pray a lie.
– Mark Twain

Corrections and additions to the list of peaks in

Colorado’s Thirteeners

– 13,800 to 13,999 Feet – From Hikes to Climbs

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1st Edition
Since publication in spring 2001, Gerry has made several changes to the list of summits in the book’s appendix. Specifically:
  1. Gerry reduced the elevation of Bartlett Mountain from 13,555 feet to 13,400 feet. The Climax Mine heavily mined Bartlett Mountain, and the summit has lost about 150 feet. The new elevation of 13,400 feet is based on altimeter readings at the undisturbed Bartlett-Little Bartlett saddle and Bartlett’s summit. Even with this shocking loss, Bartlett is still a ranked Thirteener.

  2. Gerry increased the elevation of Babcock Mountain from 13,149 feet to 13,180 feet. The 13,149-foot elevation is on Babcock’s east summit, but Babcock’s middle summit is higher than the east summit by about 30 feet. Clearly, the La Plata Quadrangle is missing a contour line on Babcock’s middle summit. The new elevation of 13,180 feet for the middle summit assumes that the 13,149-foot spot elevation on the east summit is correct.

  3. The following unnamed summits have been given official names:
    • Point 13,841, aka “Atlantic Peak,” has been officially named Atlantic Peak
    • Point 13,980, aka “Kat Carson,” has been officially named Columbia Point
    • Point 13,616 near La Plata has been named Mount Blaurock
    • Point 13,531 near Mount Hope has been named Ervin Peak
    • Point 13,806, aka “American Peak,” has been officially named American Peak
    • Point 13,870, aka “North Carbonate,” has been officially named Cronin Peak


  4. Gerry has applied the following apt epigrams to unnamed summits:
    • The long-standing nickname “Repeater Peak” for Point 13,548
    • The nifty nickname “Baldy Lejos” for Point 13,100 C
    • The marvelous moniker “Chalk Rock Mountain” for Point 13,055
    • The deliberate description “Tincup Peak” for Point 13,345
    • The Forest Service’s “Anderson Peak” for Point 13,631 A, 0.6 mile north of Anderson Lake
    • The noxious nicknom “Petroleum Peak” for Point 13,505, 0.7 mile west of Petroleum Lake
    • The subordinate “West Truro” for Point 13,140 C, 0.5 mile west of Truro Peak
    • The descriptive “Tabor Peak” for Point 13,282, 0.25 mile southwest of Tabor Lake
    • The enigmatic “Tellurium Peak” for Point 13,300 A, 0.8 mile northeast of Tellurium Lake
    • The subordinate “West Tellurium” for Point 13,074, 1.0 mile west of “Tellurium Peak”
    • The obvious “West Virginia” for Point 13,140 A, 0.8 mile west of Virginia Peak
    • The descriptive “Sheep Rock Mountain” for Point 13,255, 0.6 mile south of “West Virginia”
    • The appropriate “Medano Peak” for Point 13,153 A, at the head of Medano Creek
    • The laughable “Every Mountain” for Point 13,691, above Cooper Creek -> Climb Every Mountain!
    • The descriptive “Cooper Creek Peak” for Point 13,688 A, at the head of Cooper Creek
    • The honorary “Gudy Peak” for Point 13,566, above Cooper Creek - Thanks Gudy Gaskill!
    • The linked “C.T. Peak” for Point 13,312 A, above Cooper Creek - The initials stand for Colorado Trail and the peak rises above the Colorado Trail Education Center
    • The descriptive “South Snowdon” for Point 13,046, 0.6 mile south of Snowdon Peak
    • The regional “Hancock Peak” for Point 13,102, 0.7 mile southeast of Hancock Pass
    • The descriptive “East Storm” for Point 13,225, 0.5 mile east of Storm Peak
    • The jocular “Booby Prize” for Point 13,312, 0.9 mile southeast of Prize BM
    • The obvious “Triangle Peak” for Point 13,380, 0.2 mile south of Triangle Pass
    • The witty “Van Wit” for Point 13,254, 0.6 mile north of Van Wirt Mountain
    • The reciprocal “Could Be” for Point 13,152, 0.5 mile southeast of Canby Mountain
    • The commemorative “Hardrocker” for Point 13,214, 0.5 mile northwest of Canby Mountain
    • The descriptive “Northwest Pole” for Point 13,660 B, 1.5 miles northwest of Pole Creek Mountain
    • The indented “Quarter Peak” for Point 13,674, 1.3 miles north of Half Peak
    • The looming “Cataract Peak” for Point 13,524, 1.4 miles north of Carson Peak
    • The rolling “Tundra Top” for Point 13,450, 0.6 mile south of “Cataract Peak”
    • The local name “Column Ridge” for Point 13,795, 0.8 mile west of Stewart Peak
    • The memorial “Wayah Peak” for Point 13,284 on the Mount Champion Quad
    • I changed the boring, slightly inaccurate “West Pearl Mtn” to the obvious “Oyster Pk” for Point 13,312 on the Pearl Pass Quad.
    • The proximate “Pear Peak” for Point 13,462 A on the Winfield Quad
    • The explanatory “Magdalene Mountain” for Point 13,762 on the Mount Harvard Quad


  5. Gerry discovered and added another Thirteener with a soft rank. It is Point 13,020 D on the San Luis Quadrangle.

  6. Gerry added quotes to “Gore Thumb” as it’s an unofficial name.

  7. Using a more accurate calculation, which accounts for the curvature of the Earth, Gerry recorded the new distance of 669.2 miles between Mount Elbert and Mount Whitney, in place of the previous estimate of 667.0 miles.

  8. The parent for Telluride Peak is Point 13,510 B, not Point 13,510 A.

  9. An Outward Bound favorite, Gerry added the dramatic, 13,060-foot “Palamino Point,” which is near “Mount Valhalla” in the Gore Range.

  10. The parent for Peak Thirteen is Animas Mountain not Monitor Peak.

  11. The parent for “Cooper Creek Peak” is “Every Mountain” not Point 13,832.

  12. Willoughby Mountain is 13,142 feet not 13,143 feet.

  13. I have identified Twin Thumbs on the Storm King Peak Quadrangle as two separate summits. North Twin Thumb is 13,420 feet and South Twin Thumb is 13,340 feet.

  14. The parent for “Booby Prize” is Prize BM not Point 13,460.

  15. The parent for “Tundra Top” is “Cataract Pk” not Carson Pk.

  16. Gerry discovered and added another Thirteener with a soft rank. It is Point 13,140 C on the Lake San Cristobal Quadrangle.

  17. 13,894-foot Vermilion Peak is misspelled throughout the book and list. It is Vermilion, not Vermillion.

  18. The rise for Vermilion Peak is 2,105 feet not 3,674 feet.

  19. I added 13,534-foot Twin Peaks A South, 13,270-foot Twin Pks B Northeast, 12,380-foot Twin Pks C Northeast, and 11,940-foot Twin Pks D Northwest. In each case, the name Twin Peaks is plural implying that there are two peaks.

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