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Ascent of St Peters Dome on 2018-12-22

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:St Peters Dome
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:9680 ft / 2950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful day and week but of course, the minute we parked at the trailhead, it started to Graupel. Then snow. The trail became hard to follow and was icy. We should have had microspikes. Ice in the trail had Karen and Sean fall a few times. Daniel and I found the seam in the top of the peak where the bolted webbing exists where folks say that is the class 4 route up. We successfully made it past the webbing and the rest of the way looked like easier class 3 but the rock was slabs of melting graupel and snow and it was slick and dangerous. What would be a fun, safe fun scramble became sketchy. We downclimbed the webbing (I think they call that the crux move) and instead hiked around to the left to try to find the class 2 approach we read about. We missed it three times before we found it. I agree this is a class 2 route perhaps 2+ but in the snow and wet my boots were sliding around and it felt far more difficult than it should have been. We summitted in slight slippery snow and came down. NO views. I can see this would be a great little hike but today.....NOPE..... I must come back and complete the class 4/3 route in a dray safe conditions.

Much of the additional gain was due to climbing and re-climbing near the top to try to find the route or abandoning the routes until we found it
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:602 ft / 183 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3,4
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:552 ft / 168 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 402 ft / 123 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:9278 ft / 2827 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:main trail



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