Ascent of Mount Church on 2020-07-18

Climber: John Woiwode

Date:Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Church
    Elevation:12200 ft / 3718 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at 6:15 from the trail head which is nothing more than the end of a two-rut road. Climbed up through the drainage along the hard to find, but present trail to the scree fields. Long slog up the scree to the lake/pond at around 11,000 ft. When climbing the head wall we strayed too far right and ended up on a few Class 4 pitches. We eventually found our way back to the chutes and climbed up the steep talus and loose dirt to the ridge between Donaldson and Church. Summited Donaldson first at around 10 Am then descended back along the ridge and began climbing up towards Church. The ridge became decently exposed in areas but was manageable and we were on top of church by 11. On the way down we entertained ourselves by baptizing ourselves in the cold alpine waters of the pond and were back to our van by 4:30
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Jones Creek Drainage
    Trailhead:Mount Church Trailhead  7100 ft / 2164 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool in the morning. Hot in the afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 15 Minutes

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