Ascent of Bandera Mountain on 2011-02-21

Climber: Dave Cronkright

Date:Monday, February 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bandera Mountain
    Elevation:5241 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

2nd winter ascent of Bandera for me. Hiked with two companions, each much more experienced than I, but since I knew the mountain, I played "guide". Trail was snowed over and had to follow a previous climber's boot path taking a completely different route (towards Mason Lake). Following that path to the ridgeline, we bushwacked most of the rest of the way to where the ridge opens up above a steep slope, then climbed through thick snow to the true summit. Used Ice axe on the way down, and broke a new trail on the return trip by coming strait down the open face.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds

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