Ascent of James Peak on 2012-09-03

Climber: Paul Barish

Date:Monday, September 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:James Peak
    Elevation:13294 ft / 4052 m

Ascent Trip Report

The goal of this climb was to be able to use my crampons and ice axe to get to the summit of James Peak via the shooting star or superstar coulior. The goal of my friend was to snowboard on something. We parked at the St. Marys Glacier TH and began hiking upwards asking people from the crowds for beta and getting the same answer over and over again, there is no snow up there. Reguardless we went anyways. After hiking over a ridge to a gorge with three lakes in it we decided to take a fun route up and began climbing up the rock walls. There was some snow on the ground but it was not even worthy of crampons, ice axes or snowboards however I did test out my new stableicers which worked like a charm. We continued onward doing some sketchy rock climbing and 4th class scrambling. Hours later we reached the summit which was completley socked in within minutes of our arrival, it was amazing. We descended down to the original gorge and walked accross the field back to the trail and down to the car just before dark. It was a fantastic trip.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb

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