Ascent of Bandera Mountain on 2010-09-19

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Sunday, September 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bandera Mountain
    Elevation:5241 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not much to say on this. Great trail for 2000 feet. Then sucky bootpath for 500 feet as it is steep. Then decent bootpath to the false summit. From there it slows down a lot as there is a bit of brush and bootpath finding and up and down and wet brush. Not really a bushwhack but thankfully the sucktacular weather made for wet brush to help give me that soaking wet bushwhack feel. Lots of boulders and this was slower in the rain. The sign at the trailhead shows a trail all the way to the true summit which is pretty generous. The trail is a cupcake to follow up to the false summit in spite of the steep section but from there it gets fairly faint. I stayed on the N side closest to the false summit and then was usually on the S side after that. The bootpath braids in spots. Obvious summit with cairn. This was a sucky day to be in the mtns but I appreciated the short drive and to finally get this one off of my back. Why does it rain every weekend this year?
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3495 ft / 1065 m
    Extra Gain:227 ft / 69 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Ira Spring Trail
    Trailhead:Mason Lake TH  2200 ft / 670 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Part of Trip: Bandera

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bandera Mountain-West Peak2010-09-19 a
2Bandera Mountain2010-09-19 b

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