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Ascent of James Peak on 2019-07-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:glen mizenko
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:James Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13294 ft / 4052 m

Ascent Trip Report

$10 to pay to park now. Amazing hike. You first go past historic mining camps then up to St Mary's Glacier which is just a permanent snow/ice field but very fun and attractive. We got there so early no tourists yet we had snow to ourselves. My ribs were still hurting and I wanted to protect from another slip and fall so i used microspikes for safety. Glenn was in mountain goat mode and plodded on without them. He hiked far stronger than me all day.

The trip up James is easy all class 1 work even the "glacier" but the views become more and more interesting as you begin to look down on the alpine lakes - there are so many. The views from this county highpoint today were outstanding with much snow still around.

Great views, St Mary's glacier, County HP, nice exercise, bluebird day, and terrific formations around the alpine lakes - i had to give today a 9 out of 10! ohhhhhh and we only passed 2 guys on the way up and passed on young woman later in the day in the opposite directions so we had solitude too!

Full trip stats on the third peak report but bottom line we did all three peaks about 13 miles but under 5000 feet of vertical for the day
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2974 ft / 906 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
bluebird day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2974 ft / 906 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2924 ft / 892 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:City pay for parking  10370 ft / 3160 m
    Time:2 Hours 27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: James-Parry

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1James Peak2019-07-11 a2974 ft / 906 m
2Mount Bancroft2019-07-11 b880 ft / 268 m
3Parry Peak2019-07-11 c921 ft / 281 m
Total Trip Gain: 4775 ft / 1455 m    Total Trip Loss: 1754 ft / 535 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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