Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,066 feet
Mt. Evans  -  14,268 feet
Date Posted:  07/25/2020
Date Climbed:   07/23/2020
Author:  jxhcl

Tried the Sawtooth for our intro to class 3 scrambling. For our route, we summited Bierstadt, took the Sawtooth traverse to Mt. Evans, and took the steep gully above Scott Gomer's creek where we finished in the willows. Unsure of how long the Sawtooth would take us, we arrived at the Bierstadt trailhead around 6:15, and reached the summit of Bierstadt by 8:00am. After a break on the summit, we began the Sawtooth traverse at about 8:40am. The initial descent in my opinion was quite annoying, there was still a snow field covering the standard route in the beginning of the Sawtooth. This lead our group and others to head right of it which made us go off route and eventually we had to beeline to the ridge after the snow ended. At the first tower, we skirt around and at the crux of the route a man guided us around the tower so we wouldn't involve class 4 climbing over the crux. This brought us to the crossover to the left side of the Sawtooth where we work along the ledges. Up to this point, we were having fun climbing rocks with minimal exposure. We had dreaded these ledges because from pictures and videos they looked tiny. There also appears to be an option to take the higher rock ledge rather than the dirt ledge below. As we slowly and carefully made our way along them, we realized they were much wider and not half bad. It was quite easy, however the exposure was real. The ledges were 4 feet wide at the smallest, so if that's what you are worried about, just know you just need to be a little more careful but it's fine. As you climb the ramp to finish the sawtooth, it was an accomplishing feeling and awesome for our first class 3 experience. I would definitely do it again but only if I have good reason to, because there's other things to try now.

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