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Ascent of Mount of the Holy Cross on 2007-09-28

Climber: David Foster

Date:Friday, September 28, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount of the Holy Cross
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14005 ft / 4268 m

Ascent Trip Report

Boulder Hopping from about Tree Line ~ 11700ft to summit. Difficult with snow on rocks. Multiple sets of cairns, unclear which route might be better. Gusty South winds made boulder balancing difficult. Met a College group of ~ 10 descending. On descent, met a couple who left just after me about 1hr from the top. Overcast skies and snow flurries, I was worried about them. Group said they heard thunder, but didn't look like electric clouds, just cold.
An exhausting trip...Used up 4 litres of water (tnx Vaune). Pushed to the summit on Granola bars. No Pics (battery at home!). Boulder hopping down the most exhausting aspect, harder to see route, harder on the knees, easier to slip on the snow. The 1000' climb out of east creek was a killer. Drive time was 3hrs, including 1hr on dirt road. Nice campground at the trailhead, next time (why?) camp at trailhead, the day before). Couldn't see the Cross couloir, but guessed could see the edge of it from just West of Halfmoon pass.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5685 ft / 1731 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2000 ft / 608 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.4 mi / 18.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4685 ft / 1427 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3685 ft / 1123 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:Half Moon Pass, North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Half Moon Triaihead  10320 ft / 3145 m
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1000 ft / 304 m
    Gain on way out:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:North Ridge, Half Moon Pass
    Time:4 Hours 10 Minutes



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