Deming Peak

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Deming Peak

Submitted By: mtnfiend on October 26, 2011

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Savage Peak Couloir

The couloir is skiable from summit to bottom (1200+ feet), however, when we skied it we entered the couloir from a side inlet 200' below the summit as a sizable cornice existed at the top.  The upper pitch can reach 50 degrees, but the majority of the couloir is sustained 45.  The bulk of the couloir is fairly shaded from the sun, except for the top 100', so an early start is prudent.  No narrow chokes exist and the majority of the couloir is wide at roughly 30', but it does have a double fall line.

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Deming Peak (12,902 ft) is an obscure "12er" that sits at the more southern end of the Gore mountain range.  It can be accessed by several different drainages.

How to Get There

One way to access the peak is to use the meadow creek TH just off I-70 in Frisco (exit 203 - north side of I-70).  You can also access the peak by starting at the Buffalo cabin or Ryan gulch TH in Silverthorne.  Conceivable, one could also access the north side of the peak from the Gore/Deluge Creek drainages.
If approaching from Meadow Creek, follow the Meadow creek drainage WNW (large obvious trail - even with snow cover) towards Eccles pass.  Once you start to clear the trees, the summit is visible.  Head up the skinable SSE slope to the top.
If approaching from Buffalo Cabin, head up the South Willow Creek drainage to Red-Buffalo Pass (to access north slopes), or Eccles pass.

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