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Ascent of Quarter Peak on 2019-07-14

Climber: Mike Wright

Others in Party:Tom & Phil
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Quarter Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13674 ft / 4167 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the PA at Cataract Gulch we headed up the trail of the same name. The hiking is steep in this first bit but follows a creek up to a waterfall after A stream crossing. We bushwhacked a bit above the waterfall as the.normal recrossing was not possible. Once in the upper meadow above the first talus field the peak can be seen up to the right. At this point it’s a choose your own adventure type of deal. We chose to stay right in a prominent gully that leads to an upper meadow/bowl. Again staying right aiming for the right ridge. If I had to do it again I would try to hit the ridge much lower than we did as the talus we hiked up was very loose. At times I was in very in very loose scree then higher up I got into some large loose talus. It was the first time in talus that I thought something might fall on me. After hitting the ridge we continued up to the cliffs. My friends chose to climb a class3/4 gully above a snowfield which led to a steep scree covered and very loose slope. I climbed up and decided against it so I down climbed and found a different route around to the right and climbed a loose talus field That led to the false summit. I continued easily down the the saddle and across to the main summit and the register. The register was in a glass jar and largely rendered useless (wet) because it was broken. Big surprise, glass jar held in place by rocks. If anyone is going up there maybe you can replace the jar with a plastic jelly or Peanut butter jar.? Just sayin’. On the descent we were able to take advantage of a few snow fields for glissades. The route description is for 7mi and 4100ft but it felt like double that. Great views of Half peak.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant



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