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Ascent to Cronin Peak-above saddle on 2018-07-28

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Cronin Peak - above saddle
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13050 ft / 3977 m
    Remaining Elevation:820 ft / 250 m (77% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Road up to TH was nasty in a truck. Jeeps and ATV rule the highway here. This was about as nasty bumpy ride my stock 4 by 4 Nissan Frontier would want to try. After completing Antero as a 3k summit hike, we hiked all the way over to the connecting saddle hoping to beat the building clouds but it took too long and as we started up nasty black clouds drove us back. We contoured a bit going out to the saddle and had to climb-re-climb several false saddles. On the way back we took the road, which drops lower on the slope and requires regain.

We got some rain, and graupel abandoning our attempt of the summit and later lightning so the smart move was to come back. Since we got Antero no point in getting electrocuted on Cronin. Next time a 4 wheeler or jeep up to 13,000 feet would be perfect to collect this centennial peak. There was parking at both 12k and 13k saddles
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:640 ft / 194 m
    Total Elevation Loss:679 ft / 206 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Loss on way in:279 ft / 85 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  13089 ft / 3989 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  
Ascent Part of Trip: Fairplay-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
 South Antero2018-07-28 b100 ft / 30 m
1Mount Antero2018-07-28 a3119 ft / 951 m
3(Attempt) Cronin Peak2018-07-28 c640 ft / 195 m
4Castle Rock2018-07-28 d969 ft / 295 m
Total Trip Gain: 4828 ft / 1471 m    Total Trip Loss: 834 ft / 254 m



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