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Ascent of Mount Champion on 1994-07-04

Climber: David Olson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 4, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Champion
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13646 ft / 4159 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started hiking up the old road up Lake Creek. I couldn't find the turn-off up to the Champion Mine and decided to put that off until the return trip, unnamed + Mt. Champion instead of vice-versa. So I hiked up to the head of the basin, climbed the northwest ridge of unnamed 13736 to the summit. I was impressed by how un-easy the 13ers at the head of the valley looked. I then ridge ran to Mt. Champion, 13646', descended to the mine and followed the trail down. It is a bit sketchy in places. I had to wade across Lake Creek.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2766 ft / 843 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2766 ft / 843 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2766 ft / 843 m
    Route:Ridge run from unnamed 13736
    Start Trailhead:End of road, Lake Creek  10880 ft / 3316 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2766 ft / 843 m
    End Trailhead:10880 ft / 3316 m



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