Christy, Dirk and I had a great trip to the Gores recently, and tagged the summit of Peak C, 13,220 ft., described as “the gem of the Gore Range” according to Dave Cooper’s Colorado Scrambles guide. It was an interesting peak and well worth climbing, and I once again wondered why it is that there are so many distinct and aesthetic mountains without more proper names. Christy, not unexpectedly, felt the current designation was just fine, for the obvious reason that she shared the same first initial.
So in search of something new, and a night out camping, to Peak C we went. Starting at Piney Lake, just north of Vail, we headed up into the basin that frames “C” and its neighbor, Mount Powell, the highest summit of the Gores. After setting up camp and ditching most of our weight, we made a quick afternoon trip up steep scree to the aptly named Kneeknocker Pass, between Powell and “C”, to recon the planned route, and take a look at Powell.
The following morning we had an awesome time climbing steep snow up two different couloirs, which for the late July date felt like a novelty, and which might have only been improved by bringing our skis for the descent.