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Before the 1930s, no more than a handful of Gore peaks even had names. In 1932, Carl Erickson and Edmund Cooper initiated the system of lettering the peaks, starting with those rimming the Black Creek basin. Thus, Eagles Nest, the most northerly of the major summits, was “A,” and Mount Powell, next in line, was “B.” These two already had other well-established names, ... but from “P” to “T,” the peaks bore no other names. ... The lettering system has become a tradition which some Gore enthusiasts are reluctant to give up.

– William Bueler from Roof of the Rockies

Colorado’s Gore Range Alphabetizer

– Sorted by Letter Name

Notes
Rank Elev
feet
Prom
feet
  Summit Name Parent Iso
miles
  Quadrangle Rg G J
1 13,420 640   Eagles Nest A
aka “Pk A”
Powell, Mt
aka “Pk B”
1.19   Mt Powell GO 1 2
2 13,580 3,000   Powell A, Mt
aka “Pk B”
Jackson, Mt 21.63   Mt Powell GO 1 1
3 13,220 520   “Pk C” Powell A, Mt
“Pk G”
0.73
1.43
  Vail East GO 1 2
  13,100 120   “C Prime” “Pk C” 0.16   Vail East GO    
  13,047 267   “Pk D” “Pk C”
“Pk G”
0.58
0.84
  Vail East GO    
  13,220 200   “Pk E” “Pk G” 0.60   Vail East GO    
  12,361 261   “E Prime” “Pk G”
“Pk C”
0.74
 
  Vail East GO    
  13,230 250   “Pk F” “Pk G” 0.18   Vail East GO    
4 13,260 1,000   “Pk G” Powell, Mt
aka “Pk B”
2.24   Vail East GO 1 2
  13,100 160   “Pk H” “Pk G” 0.43   Vail East GO 1 1
5 12,922 302   “Pk I” “Pk G” 0.40   Vail East GO   1
  12,942 162   “Pk J” “Pk P” 0.34   Vail East GO   1
6 12,940 400   “Pk K” “Pk Q”
“Pk P”
0.77
0.90
  Vail East GO 1 1
7 13,213 753   “Pk L” “Pk Q” 1.65   Vail East GO 1 1
  13,140 240   Guyselman Mtn
aka “Pk M”
“Pk L” 0.59   Mt Powell GO 1 1
8 13,121 421   “Pk N” “Pk L” 1.19   Mt Powell GO 1 1
  12,940 160   “Little Powell”
aka “Pk O”
“Pk N” 0.29   Mt Powell GO    
9 12,965 385   “Pk P” “Pk Q” 0.48   Vail East GO 1 1
10 13,230 730   “Pk Q” “Pk G” 2.12   Vail East GO 1 1
11 12,995 535   “Pk R” “Pk Q” 0.50   Vail East GO 1 1
12 12,857 357   “Pk S” “Pk R” 0.48   Vail East GO 1 1
  12,660 80   “Pk T” “Pk S” 0.46   Vail East GO    
  12,385 245   “T Prime” “Pk S” 0.94   Vail East GO    
13 13,041 581   “West Partner Pk”
aka “Pk U”
“East Partner Pk”
aka “Pk V”
0.89   Vail East GO 1 1
14 13,057 557   “East Partner Pk”
aka “Pk V”
“Pk X” A 1.02   Vail East GO 1 1
  12,775 235   “Pk W” “East Partner Pk”
aka “Pk V”
0.45   Vail East GO   1
15 13,085 465   “Pk X” A “Pk Z” 0.79   Vail East GO 1 1
  12,710 130   “X Prime” A “Pk X” A 0.37   Vail East GO    
  12,980 160   “Pk Y” A “Pk X” A 0.28   Vail East GO 1 1
16 13,245 785   “Pk Z” A “Pk G” 3.94   Willow Lakes GO 1 2
  12,980 120   “Z Prime” “Pk Z” 0.36   Willow Lakes GO 1 1

Notes by Gerry Roach

  1. Our Gore Range alphabetizer climbs
    Gerry Roach’s totals: 19 ascents; 15/16 hard ranked; 19/31 overall
    Jennifer Roach’s totals: 26 ascents; 16/16 hard ranked; 22/31 overall
    Gerry and Jennifer’s combined total as of 8/21/11: 45 ascents

  2. There are 31 summits on this list, of which 16 are hard ranked.

  3. All the peaks on this list are in or on the boundary of the Eagles Nest Wilderness.

  4. Congress designated the Eagles Nest Wilderness in 1978. Much heated contoversy preceeded the designation. The City of Denver wanted the area’s water, and timber industries wanted to destroy the surrounding spruce forest. These interests did not prevail.

  5. The Eagles Nest Wilderness has 132,906 acres, which are managed by the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and the White River National Forest.

  6. The summit of mighty “Peak G” is not where the map indicates it to be. The true summit is 200 yards northwest of the map point that extrpolates to 13,260 feet. The difference is only a few feet, but multiple parties have verified the result with hand levels. The true summit is at the map point that extrapolates to 13,220 feet. Either Point 13,220 is missing a contour or Point 13,260 has an extra contour. It is more likely that Point 13,220 is missing a contour, and we have seen this type of map error elsewhere. If Point 13,220 is missing a contour, then it would extrapolate to 13,260 feet, so we continue to use this elevation for “Peak G.” The traverse between the two summits is rough and requires some Class 3 scrambling.
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