Peak:  Peak Fifteen (13er)
 Route:  South Couloir via Ruby Basin
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  tjf242424
 Date of Info:  07/29/2021
 Date Posted:  07/31/2021

The approach gully from Ruby Basin is dry. There's actually snow buried under the gravel, but we didn't even realize until we were plunge stepping on the way down and uncovered the snow. But no need for any special gear. The south couloir between Peak Fifteen and Sixteen is obvious when you've reached it. There is lots of water running down the gully and both 4th class sections are very wet but climbable in approach shoes. The exit from the gully is fairly obvious, but I have no idea where the best line for the crux pitch might go. The line we climbed was easy, but the rock quality was pretty poor. After unroping, the rest of the way to the summit was obvious. There's no writing implement in the summit register. We made multiple rappels on the descent, including down the wet 4th class sections of the gully. The water would make downclimbing fairly tricky. Once back to the Little Finger saddle, the descent back to camp goes quickly. We did it in 8:15 camp to camp.

Photo: Leave the Animas River Trail where a long line of tree branches placed end to end point the way to the start of the Ruby Basin Trail.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Start of Ruby Basin Trail

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