Peak(s):  "Peak L"  -  13,213 feet
"Gore Thumb"  -  13,100 feet
Guyselman Mountain  -  13,140 feet
"Peak N"  -  13,121 feet
Peak O (12er)
Date Posted:  08/24/2021
Date Climbed:   08/22/2021
Author:  alexhenes
Additional Members:   hr011242
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 Necklace of Redemption   

After receiving the beat down of a lifetime attempting to ski Peak L(see trip report), I was excited for the chance of redemption in the Upper Slate. I was also a little nervous as our plan was no slouch... not even close. It covered 20+ miles, 7k of vert, low 5 cruxes and plenty of route finding. Redemption was not guaranteed and with Peak L being my final ranked Gore 13er, there was some skin in the game. Our goal was to finish before dark without being too beat up. Good luck!

The weather forecast was for a perfect Colorado bluebird day. So, we were surprised to wake up to dark clouds and wind in the morning. By the time we reached Upper Slate Lake the weather had not improved. The clouds were dark and moving in fast above the peaks. I was cold eating my sandwich at the lake.

As we climbed Peak L, I was thinking that it might be the only summit in the cards for the day. Heather was having none of that. When we reached L's summit, the clouds no longer looked so dark, and the incoming weather didn't look too bad. Things were clearing up! I had mapped out a couple of bail points between L and O in case weather deteriorated. So, with big smiles and high stoke, we pulled the trigger and embarked on our journey to Peak O.

Full Report: https://www.merelyafleshwound.com/mountaineering/gore-range/slate-creek/LMNO/

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