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Ascent of Casco Peak on 2002-10-12

Climber: Joe Lavelle

Date:Saturday, October 12, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Casco Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13908 ft / 4239 m

Ascent Trip Report

On October 12, 2002, Mark Muto and I attempted Casco (13908'), Frasco BM (13876') and French (13940') via the Casco-French Mountain Ridge Traverse. We succeeded in summiting on Casco and Frasco BM but had to retreat just 300 feet below the French Mountain summit. We hiked a total of 11 miles and gained approximately 4,400 feet in 14 hours.

The hours lost route-finding in the snow ate too deeply into the season-shortened day-light, forcing us to not only miss out on French, but also to hike back to camp in the dark for 1.5 hours on icy trails with only our wits and the fading yellow light of a single dying headlamp to guide us.

Our plan was too aggressive, given the poor conditions. And I made a rash decision that cost me the French Mountain summit.

Link to 'The Casco Fiasco' trip report
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp



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