Mount Cosgriff dedication ceremony set for Sept. 21
The late Peter Cosgriff, a Leadville attorney known also in Summit and Eagle counties, will be honored by having a peak named after him during ceremonies starting at noon Sept. 21 at the base of the peak.
This July, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the naming of Mount Cosgriff, a 13,588-foot peak in the San Isabel National Forest about 1.8 miles southeast of Mount Elbert and about 2.2 miles northwest of the Twin Lakes Reservoir.
Cosgriff, who lived from 1931-96, was a sportsman and well known conservationist.
Cosgriff served as Leadville and Vail city attorney, was a board member of the Commercial Bank of Leadville (now Peoples National) and a former board member of the Continental Divide Board of Governors.
He was an original board member of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, helping to locate sites of the McNamara and Margy huts, the first two huts in the 10th Mountain chain.
He was also a board member of Colorado Ski Country USA, Ski Cooper Association, the Colorado Delegation of National Rivers and Harbors Congress and the Parkville Water District.
Upon his death, Cosgriff gave 100 acres of land to the Colorado Outward Bound School where its base camp near the Leadville Fish Hatchery now stands.
His desire was that the Colorado mountains he loved be protected and preserved, according to his son, Dr. Ned Cosgriff of Denver.
The younger Cosgriff recalls a man who was deeply involved with life, who viewed his mountain experiences as the times that made life worth living. He delighted in leading friends up his favorite climbs or on long winter ski tours.
“Life was rich fare to my father and, in his view, best enjoyed among the high peaks and wild places in the company of friends,” Cosgriff said.
“Though he had climbed and skied all over the world, his heart belonged to Colorado’s fourteeners. In his lifetime, he had climbed all of them at least once, and some of his favorites he had summited more than 20 times.
“Throughout his life he stressed the importance of keeping one’s senses open to the experiences offered by the world around us. He believed there was no better place to clear the mind and quiet the soul than in the wilderness,” Cosgriff said.
To get to the dedication site, take Highway 24 south out of Leadville to the intersection of Highway 82. Turn right and proceed about four miles to Sure Pretty Road (County Road 24) and turn right.
Go about 1.3 miles to the South Elbert Trailhead and park. That will be the site of the ceremony.
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