Ascent of Coxcomb Peak on 2018-08-12

Climber: Mike Bromberg

Date:Sunday, August 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Coxcomb Peak
    Elevation:13656 ft / 4162 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the West Fork Cimarron River Trail over the pass to a magnificent campsite at 12,000' in the middle of Wetterhorn Basin. Coxcomb Trail (a line of posts with scant footway) leads east from the floor of the basin up to a grassy saddle; from there we followed green upslope as much as possible to the base of the couloir (Grateful Dead medallion here) where we roped up. Two pitches of fourth class climbing took us up to the relatively easy ridge. We set up the rope to rappel down the notch and left it there for the 5.6 upclimb on the way out; the climb up the other side to the summit was easy. On the summit, a register bottle in the cairn, and a few prayer flags. On the descent, we set up two separate rappels down the fourth-class section using good existing anchors. This completed my Colorado Bicentennial list (200 Highest).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2896 ft / 882 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2896 ft / 882 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Start Trailhead:10760 ft / 3279 m
Descent Statistics

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