|Storm clouds over Sopris|
Sopris is a singular peak. When viewed from the north, Sopris is one of the largest and most prominent peaks in all of Colorado. The effect of re-naming this magical peak would be like splitting the mountain in half. No longer could you look up and see "ah, look at Mt. Sopris today" without feeling in some way incorrect. One of the arguments put forth by the petitioner is that the east summit is "unnamed". I promise those of you that may have less experience with the mountain that it does have a name, and that name is Mt. Sopris.
By most measures both the east and west summits of Mt. Sopris are of equal height (12,953') and thus BOTH are considered "Mt. Sopris". Many mountaineers summit only the east peak (the one in question) when they scale Sopris's long slopes. Though the peaks do fit the standard criteria in Colorado (300 feet of topographical prominence) to qualify as individual peaks, when one steps back it is clear that Sopris is one mountain.
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