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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau

Precarious Peak - 13,380 feet

Shunned by hikers, this well-named peak waits for experienced Elk Range scramblers.
Precarious Peak seen over Copper Lake from the East Maroon Pass Trail Precarious Peak seen over Copper Lake from the East Maroon Pass Trail

The summit is on the right massiff
Jennifer Roach on the approach to the southeast ridge of Precarious Peak Jennifer Roach on the approach to the southeast ridge of Precarious Peak
Gerry Roach reaching the southeast ridge of Precarious Peak Gerry Roach reaching the southeast ridge of Precarious Peak

Note the large, poised blocks - the dominant hazard on this ascent
Gerry on the class 3 sequence below the first false summit Gerry on the Class 3 sequence below the first false summit
Jennifer downclimbing into a small notch between the first and second false summits Jennifer downclimbing into a small notch between the first and second false summits
Jennifer downclimbing the Class 3 wall into the deep notch between the second false summit and the summit Jennifer downclimbing the Class 3 wall into the deep notch between the second false summit and the summit
Gerry at the step-around exit from the Class 3 wall into the deep notch between the second false summit and the summit Gerry at the step-around exit from the Class 3 wall into the deep notch between the second false summit and the summit
Gerry carefully negotiating the air-filled setups of interlaced, loose blocks between the deep notch and the summit Gerry carefully negotiating the air-filled setups of interlaced, loose blocks between the deep notch and the summit
Victory! Gerry approaches the summit cairn Victory! Gerry approaches the summit cairn
Evident Elk Magic. Triangle Peak over the splendid, unnamed lake at 12,146 feet, northwest of Copper Lake Evident Elk Magic

“Triangle Peak” over the splendid, unnamed lake at 12,146 feet, northwest of Copper Lake
Copper Lake Art Copper Lake Art
Gerry and Jennifer took these photos on 8/17/06

USGS 7.5’ Quadrangle: Maroon Bells

This peak is dangerous. Prior to attempting it you should be comfortable climbing peaks like the Maroon Bells and Pyramid. The biggest danger is large, air-filled setups of interlaced, loose blocks. You must be very adept at testing holds, and have a well-developed skill for tiptoeing across exposed, Elk Range traps. Please, no bad grabs.
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