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Dwight Garrigues Lavender Photo Albums

Identifier: COU: 4439

Scope and Contents

Three photo albums chronicling the climbs by Dwight Lavender and others in the Colorado Rockies between 1929 and 1931. Includes first ascents and new routes. The 3 albums contain about 465 photos, some hand-tinted, with annotations and notes by Dwight Lavender and David Lavender. Digital copies of all three albums are available via the University of Colorado Digital Library.

Ranges: Front Range, San Juan, San Miguel, Western Slope

Mountains and Peaks: American Wetterhorn, Arrow Peak, Aztec Mountain, Bierstadt Peak, Courthouse Mountain, Coxcomb Peak, El Diente, El Punto, Engineer Mountain, Eolus, Dallas Peak, Dolores Peak, Dunn Peak, Fremont Mountain, Gladstone Peak, Golden Horn, Goliath Peak, Gray Head Mountain, Grays Peak, Greystone Peak, Groundhog Mountain, Grizzley Peak, Heisshorn, Hunchback Bountain, (The) Jag, Jones Peak, Keystone Hill, Kismet, Knife Ridge, Lindbergh Peak, Lizard Head, Lone Cone, Matterhorn, Middle Mountain, Mount Evans, Mount Etna, Mount Lindbergh, Mount Princeton, Mount Shvano, Mount Snuffels, Mount Wilson (Wilson Peaks), Mount Taylor, Montezuma Peak, Needle Peaks, North Eolus, Pilot Knob, Potosi Peak, Red Cliff Peaks, Red Cloud Peak, Rio Grande Pyramid, Rolling Mountain, San Miguel Peak, Sheep Mountain, South Lookout Peak, Sunlight Peak, Sunshine Mountain, Mt. Wilson, Pigeon Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Torreys Peak, Turnet Peak, Turret Peak, Uncompahgre Peak, Vermillion, (Mount) Warren, Wasatch Peak, White Dome, Wilson Peaks (Wilsons), Woods Peak, Woods Lake, Yellow Mountain

Glaciers: Arapahoe Glacier, Cup Glacier, Gladstone Glacier, Kilpacker Glacier, Navajo Glacier, Shelf Glacier, Taylor Glacier, Titcomb Glacier

Lakes: Crater Lake, Blue Lake, Emerald Lake, Ice Lake, Island Lake, Glass Lake, Lake Forest of the Gunnison, Lake San Cristobal, Lost Lake, Monarch Lake, Summit Lake, Trout Lake, Woods Lake

Rivers/Creeks/Falls: Bilk Creek, Bridal Veil Falls, Dunton Hot Springs, Great Falls, Green River, West Cimarron, West Fork

Formations: Bear Creek Basin, Beaver Park, Berthoud Pass, Bilk Basin, Black Canyon, Chicago Basin, Cimarron Ridge, Dallas Divide, Diente Ridge, Elephant Rock, Ice Lake Basin, Knife Ridge, La Junta Basin, Loch Vale, (The) Meadows, Monarch Pass, Navaho Basin, Razor Ridge, Upper Chicago Basin, Upper Ice Lake Basin, West Cimarron.

Miscellaneous: Campbird Mine, Colorado Mountain Club, Companion Mine, La Junta Trail, Pitchfork Cattle Ranch, Pitchfork Double Bar Cattle Ranch Summer Camp, Pitchfork Summer Ranch, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sherman Camp, Tomboy Mine Road, Watchman's Cabin

Towns: Ophir, Seneca, Telluride


  • 1929 - 1931

Biographical / Historical

Dwight Lavender (1911-1934) of Telluride, Colorado was an avid explorer and mountaineer. By the age of sixteen, he had established himself as an authority on mountaineering in the San Juan range – a rugged and then relatively unexplored region in southwestern Colorado. Lavender published accounts of his adventures in Trail and Timberline and the American Alpine Journal, as well as in the British Mountaineering Journal for which he served as the American editor. Among other notable accomplishments, Lavender successfully led an ascent of the north face of Mt. Sneffels and brought to fruition the San Juan Mountaineers Geological Survey which accurately mapped Sneffels and dozens of surrounding peaks.


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Related Materials

See also MS 169, Dwight Garriques Lavender's typescript on climbing in the San Juan and Uncompaghre Mountains, Colorado, written about 1932. The American Alpine Club holds one typescript of The San Juan Mountaineers' Climber's Guide to Southwestern Colorado, (Stanford, Calif., 1932), written by Dwight Lavender with T. Melvin Griffiths and Carleton Curtis Long.

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