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Ascent of Sunshine Peak on 2008-07-04

Climber: David Foster

Others in Party:Vaune
Date:Friday, July 4, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sunshine Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14001 ft / 4267 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the Ridge south on good trail. Alot more up and down than shows on map. The last few 100 feet to summit were quite Rocky. Vaune and I had it to ourselves for a change. We moved very quickly because the clouds were getting quite thick. I convinced myself that Jim Davis' statement that clouds with flat bottom were probably stable was aplicable. Looked for the faint trail to directly descend from Sunshine. Found it just barely south of the gendarmes on the ridge line. Looked good from the top, but seemed to disappear halfway down the talus. Looked like descent would be enhanced by couloirs around lower Gendarmes being full of snow. Didn't see trail down the valley, but here is a large cairn (no sign) where the trail meets main Silver Creek trail. Stream crossing a problem On return, surprised to see several parties heading over to Sunshine....including 3 guys whom we met below on the return who took the direct route down from Sunshine. Said it was heel plunging and sometimes sliding on butt. 2 hiking poles also worked. Avoided the snow through the gendarmes (why??). Return back to Redcloud was quite exhausting, never seemed to end. Vaune struggled here, she told me later...met Terry Matthews, returning very slowly from Sunshine by himself.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1233 ft / 374 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:633 ft / 192 m
    Extra Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Ridge
    Trailhead:Redcloud Summit  14034 ft / 4277 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Time Down:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Redcloud-Sunshine-Redcloud

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
 Sunshine Peak2008-07-04
1Redcloud Peak2008-07-04



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