Ascent of Francs Peak on 2011-08-29

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Duane Gilliland
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Francs Peak
    Elevation:13153 ft / 4009 m

Ascent Trip Report

Duane spoke to a local hunter in Meeteetse who said he thought the Explorer would make it up the Phelps Mountain Road OK, so we decided to give it a try. The risk was that we would be too far from the Meadow Creek approach by the time we would need to start from that TH in the morning, and we'd lose a day. Happily the rig did fine on the initial steep section, and had no trouble at all with the road once the plateau was reached. The key to successfully negotiating this road is reasonable clearance and low range.

We started hiking at 9AM, and it took us 4 hours up and 2.5 hours down plus summit time. Fun mountain with great views. We couldn't believe the amount of snow still in the Wind Rivers and Tetons, and all the other ranges visible from there. We easily picked out Gannett Peak, the Grand, and Moran. But the highlight of this climb was becoming aware that we had been following at least one grizzly, possibly a sow and cub, and sure enough when on top of one of the ridges we spotted them down in the basin below the summit, happily heading the other direction. On the return hike we saw what we believed to be a different sow and cub on the trail ahead of us, although it may have been the same two. Again the correct end of their anatomies were turned in our direction.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2040 ft / 621 m
    Route:NE Ridge
    Trailhead:End of Phelps Mountain Road  11113 ft / 3387 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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